Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said this week that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is tough and resilient and may be able to overcome the horrific injury she endured when she was shot in the head at a Tucson shopping center Saturday. Tucson resident Jared Loughner, 22, is accused of opening fire on a crowd during a public gathering sponsored by Giffords, killing six and wounding 13.
Schiff and Giffords are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democrats. The two also have worked together on issues related to the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. NASA operates the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is in Schiff's congressional district. Giffords is married to astronaut Mark Kelly and in the last Congress chaired the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Technology.
"Gabby and I worked on NASA issues together, sometimes on opposite sides," Schiff said. "I have great respect for her. She is smart and tenacious, and she will need every bit of that tenacity to overcome this wound. If anybody can do it, she can."