Gabrielle Giffords Congressional Buddies Hold Fundraiser for Her 2012 Campaign -- For Whatever Office That May Be

Senator Giffords? Too soon to tell, if you ask us.
Several of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' friends in Congress will be holding a fundraiser to raise money for the wounded U.S. representative's 2012 campaign, fueling speculation that if she's able, she'll run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Representative Adam Smith of Washington, and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida are co-chairs of the March 15 fundraiser, which will be held in Washington D.C.

"We are so proud of her as she continues to make incredible strides in her recovery," the three members of Congress wrote in a letter included with the invitation. "We look forward to seeing her again soon and to the day that she will rejoin us in the halls of Congress."

The lawmakers say they're hosting the event so Giffords can focus on the "important work of her recovery."

But Giffords isn't hurting too bad when it comes to campaign cash for a House race. Her most recent campaign committee report showed her with an account balance of about $285,000, which is a pretty good start for an election that's two years down the road. A Senate bid would be far more pricey.

Giffords' name has been thrown around as a possible Democratic nominee for the 2012 Senate race -- she reportedly talked about running prior to the January 8, shooting rampage in Tucson, during which she was "shot through the brain."

Following Kyl announcing his retirement, chatter of Giffords being the Democratic nominee for the seat started instantly.

Yesterday, Congressman Raul Grijalva said there was a "distinct possibility" that Giffords would run, a claim we argued was a bit premature -- ya know, considering she was shot in the head just over a month ago, and it's unclear how well she'll recover from her injuries.

Congressman Jeff Flake, the only person who's announced his candidacy for the seat, isn't ruling Giffords out as his potential opponent, either.

"The most wonderful thing in the world would be to have her make a Senate run," Flake told TPM yesterday.

Flake's taking the high road -- and we believe he's sincere in his hopes for a full recovery for Giffords. However, as sincere as he is in his hopes for her recovery, the last thing Flake wants is to run against Giffords in the general election -- as she's probably the only Democrat in Arizona who stands any chance at keeping him out of the Senate.

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Being shot to near death, as I was in July 2001, and now as Ms. Giffords has been recently, and coming so close to the final-departure stage of "Limbo"... only to return to the point of exit is an experience that defies explanation.Any asshole who goes on Oprah or Jeraldo to tell of their "near death experience" did not have any such experience and are simply relating the profusion of unconscious dreams they had in their state of somnambular panic.For those folks who do in fact have an "NDE" they will tell you that one thing you quickly realize is that death is only a part of life, albeit, the last part, and is an adventure so intense that human language cannot do justice to it. And so you do not come back and go on TV and blather away about it, as to do so is a terrible injustice to those who are listening. Each of us will leave here in or own way, depending on who we are; what we believe or don't believe in, and the violence level of our deaths.Gabrielle is only now realizing this is true . She will survive and do well.


It is commonly accepted among researchers studying the "near-death experience" (NDE) that for an experience to be able to termed that, a person would need to be near-death.  Their breathing would need to have ceased, and their heart would need to have stopped functioning.  This is one of the many things that separates an NDE from a hallucination or a dream.  However, the near-death experiencer, as recounted in thousands of accounts which can be found on-line, and yes, even on TV, immediately notices something very odd.  He or she may be aware of actually leaving the body, through the head, abdominal area or feet, and then finding themselves anywhere from a few feet to 100 feet above their body, watching resuscitation procedures going on below.  From this perspective the out-of-body spirit aspect of the person can overhear conversations below (which they'll often relate to nurses or techs later, to their shock), can even feel the emotions of the nurses or the paramedics, can even see 360 degrees.  If the person hears a doctor say something like, "We've lost him/her" the person above will often find themselves thinking "What are they talking about!  I'm fine! I'm not dead!"  because they do feel fine.  In fact, they often feel a tranquility and peace they have difficulty describing later to friends when they return.  It is something beyond the physical state.  I would speculate that it's something of spirit.  Oftentimes the out-of-body person will find themselves rising higher and higher so that they find they can see an entire city below them and maybe rise further still. 

Usually at some point after leaving the body, the person observes a distant light they are drawn to.  It has a certain fascination for them, and they move towards it.  As they do, they'll often find themselves going into a tunnel, and then moving at a high rate of speed towards this Light.  Even as they're travelling towards this Light NDErs will describe tremendous sensations of Love that they've never experienced before on earth reaching out to them from this Light. 

Most near-death experiencers are stopped before merging with Light, although there are many variations on this.  But usually a deceased relative or a being of light will intercede and inform them that they cannot go on, because "it is not their time." 

With that an NDEr will return to their body and experience immediate pain.   However there are often miraculous healing that accompany their return.  The near-death experiencer themselves is almost always a very different person upon return.  Usually layers associates and groups of friends, even relatives, find difficulty in relating to this person who they find is quite different from they person they used to knew.  The person who has returned is almost always more peaceful, far more loving towards all of life and often has a completely different set of values than they had before their near-death experience.  Again, this is one of the reasons there is such a high rate of separation from friends and even spouses after coming back from an NDE. The people they left behind can't relate to them anymore.

Even today many people have difficulty accepting the reality of this experience.  Gallup Poll data, however, indicates that somewhere between 8 - 12 million adult Americans alive today have had an NDE, or as Gallup found, about 35% of adult Americans who have come close to death undergo a near-death experience.  So, clearly, not everyone has a memory of it.

If you're interested in this subject check out the website, which is the website of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, or NDERF, the Near Death Experience Research Foundation.  Both of these sites have hundreds of NDE accounts posted on their sites, with a lot of additional information you might like.

I hope this helps.greg

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