What an absolute coincidence, on the day that Jon Kyl announces his retirement, we find out from a Democratic source (who is not named) that Gabreille Giffords was thinking of running for the Senate. Was she gonna run against John McCain? Who would have easily defeated her, or run against Jon Kyl who would have also defeated her. By the way, Jon Kyl won by 10 points in 2006 in the worst political environment for Republicans in our lifetime. Before today, there was absolutely zero indication that Senator Kyl had any intention of retiring..
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, had been contemplating a run for Senate before she was shot last month, Democratic sources confirm to CNN.
One Democratic congressman tells CNN he talked to Giffords about it before the shooting, and says she was "very interested in the possibility of running for the Senate."
This congressman, who did not want to speak for the record about private conversations with Giffords, tells CNN that she was considering a Senate run even if Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, had decided to seek re-election. Kyl announced Thursday he will not run for a 4th Senate term.
"I don't think she [Giffords] ruled out the possibility of running anyway," said the Democratic lawmaker, who said he talked to her about a Senate campaign both in the context of an open seat, or a potential challenge to Kyl.
A second Democratic source familiar with Giffords planning said it was known inside Democratic leadership circles that Giffords was contemplating a Senate run.