Friday, July 4, 2014

BREAKING: Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly Honorary Co-Chairs For Phoenix Bid For 2016 Democratic National Convention

The couple of retired Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly will help convince the Democratic party that they should hold their 2016 national convention in Phoenix.

Ann Wallack, co-chair of the "Phoenix 2016" effort, told Arizona's Politics today that Giffords and Kelly are the Honorary Co-Chairs and will greet the Democratic National Committee delegation when it visits Phoenix on September 10-11."

Kelly flew four space shuttle missions, commanding twice.  Giffords represented much of southern Arizona in Congress.  She won the respect of people worldwide with her courageous battle to recover from the attempted assassination and mass shooting spree in Tucson in 2011.

The background of the hero & heroine* couple supporting the Arizona bid is especially relevant because other cities have seen success trotting out celebrity quarterbacks or zoo animals to greet the committee selecting the city for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

*Wallack's tweet prompted Arizona's Politics to check the definition of "hero". Without cross-referencing or noting "see also, heroine", several dictionaries - online and hardcover - define "hero" as being a man. Other than that, both Giffords and Kelly are each appropriately referred to as "heroes".

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