Congresswoman Giffords warned us…
Giffords had been a top target by Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections, but managed to win a tough re-election battle against a tea party candidate.
The up-and-coming lawmaker, known as a moderate Democrat who paid close attention to constituent concerns, had been singled out by Sarah Palin‘s SarahPac as one of the 20 Democrats on the ballot in November who represented states that supported Sen. John McCain for president in 2008. “It’s time to take a stand,” Palin’s fundraising appeal said of Giffords and the other Democrats, who had all supported the health-care bill.”
Source: Washington Post article Hospital: Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords expected recover after Tucson shooting that killed six including a 9-year-old and a federal judge, By Shailagh Murray and Clarence Williams, Saturday, January 8, 2011; 4:33 PM