Giffords breaks the mold with a classy birthday email

So imagine the surprise when ITK received an email appeal to mark Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s (D-Ariz.) birthday Wednesday, which encouraged visitors to send actual, genuine birthday wishes. No hard ask in sight.

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This being politics, the email originated from Giffords’s campaign website, and it’s a safe bet that well-wishers who enter their email and phone numbers will hear from Giffords’s campaign team at some point.

Even so, the note stands out amid the scores of birthday money bombs so often penned in the phony voice of the candidate’s child, a la former Rep. Alan GraysonAlan GraysonWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog Could bipartisanship rise with Trump government? Schumer under pressure to add Sanders to leadership team MORE (D-Fla.), or spouse (paging Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE, R-Minn.).

Giffords turned 41 Wednesday in a Houston rehabilitation center, where she’s recovering from a gunshot wound incurred Jan. 8.

ITK hopes Giffords had a very happy birthday.