Democrats host fundraiser for Giffords's reelection

Democrats are hosting a fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) to ensure she has the resources to run for reelection, should she choose to do so.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) are holding the fundraiser for Giffords, who is still recovering from the gunshot wound she suffered during an attack last month outside a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store.

The fundraiser for Giffords will be attended by all the members of the House Democratic leadership, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)

"Rep. Giffords' friends and colleagues want to make sure that Gabby can completely focus on her recovery," said Wasserman Schultz spokesman Jonathan Beeton. "We all look forward to Rep. Giffords return to Washington and there are many people here who want to make sure that she has the resources she needs to continue to serve as a strong advocate for the people of Southern Arizona."

While Giffords's health has been improving rapidly, it is uncertain whether she will completely recover. She would be a strong Democratic candidate for reelection or even the Senate in 2012 if she is able or willing to run.

Last week, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) announced his plan to retire from the Senate in 2012. It was revealed that Giffords had said before the shooting that she would run for Kyl's seat if he retired.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that Giffords, who has been speaking in short sentences recently, has not been told all the details about the Arizona attack. Giffords is aware of the event but her doctors want to wait until she can ask more complex questions before they talk to her.

Read the fundraiser invitation here.