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 Mark GraysonThe Hill's Morning Report: Frustration mounts as Republicans blow up tax message Former Dem Rep. Alan Grayson to challenge for old House seat PolitiFact cancels Alan Grayson hire after backlash MORE (D-Fla.), or spouse (paging Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota 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.