The PJ Tatler

Giffords Out of Congress, But Not Out of Politics

Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords (D) made a stirring appearance last night in Charlotte to lead DNC delegates in the pledge of allegiance.

Her new endeavor, though, is intended to cross over the aisle and encourage compromise from her party in Congress.

The Blue Dog Democrat resigned in January to focus on her recovery from a shooting in her home district a year earlier. This week, she and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, launched a political action committee.

“Gabby PAC will only support candidates who are dedicated to working hard for common-sense, bipartisan solutions that strengthen our communities and our entire country,” the pair said in announcing the venture. “This commitment to public service over partisanship is what guided Gabby while she was serving the people of Arizona and will be the guiding principle of Gabby PAC.”

Issues of focus will be “strengthening of our economy, finding and supporting renewable sources of energy, caring for our returning veterans and creating more opportunity for young people.”

The chairmen of the PAC are former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who unsuccessfully ran for the GOP Senate nomination against Rand Paul in 2010, and former Clinton Administration Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.