Aide: Gabrille Giffords Is “Sort Of Alert”

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Tucson — Speaking on a rare bipartisan telephone briefing, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ chief of staff Pia Carusone described the Arizona Demcorat’s state as “sort of alert,” in the wake of the attempted assassination, which claimed the lives of six people, including federal District Court Judge John M. Roll and Giffords’ outreach director, Gabe Zimmerman.

Carusone said Sunday that her boss is “sort of alert” when she is “taken off medicine” and that “when the president calls, we tell her,” according to a participant.

Giffords survived emergency brain surgery after being shot in the head but remains in critical condition.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told lawmakers, their spouses and congressional aides that Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, told her there is a “rough road ahead” for the recovering congresswoman but expressed optimism at her ability to respond to questions.

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