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Is Gabrielle Giffords planning another run for office? Husband says she still wants to serve

Is Gabrielle Giffords planning another run for office? Husband says she still wants to serve

Gabrielle Giffords has not ruled out another run for office, according to her husband Mark Kelly.

“We’re talking about it. She wants to get back to public service,” he told Politico on Sunday. “Whether it’s elected office, I don’t know.”

Kelly said that a return to politics would "certainly" not happen during this term and did not elaborate on the kind of position his wife might be interested in. The election to fill Giffords' former House seat is Tuesday.

 “We’re talking about it. She wants to get back to public service,” Kelly said. “Whether it’s elected office, I don’t know.” 

Giffords was shot in the head at a Tucson public event in January 2011, and has been residing in Houston throughout the duration of her remarkable recovery. She resigned from office in January 2012 to focus on her health.

Kelly made the remarks during a joint interview with Ron Barber, a former Giffords staffer who was also injured in the attack and is currently running in the special election to fill Giffords' Tucson-area seat.

If the suggestion that Giffords might someday want to take back her seat was awkward for Barber, it didn't show. Giffords and Kelly made an appearance at a Barber rally on Saturday, and the former congresswoman also met with volunteers at a Barber phone bank on Sunday. Kelly said Giffords would remain in Tucson to cast a ballot on Barber's behalf on Tuesday.

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