George Morris, a survivor of last year's Tucson shooting rampage that killed his wife, said the sight of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords makes him want to vomit.
The self-described ultra-conservative told the Arizona Republic he went to the congresswoman's town-hall event outside a grocery store to yell at her for voting for liberal causes. When a gunman opened fire, Morris was shot in the leg and the back and Giffords was critically wounded in the head. His wife, Dorothy, was one of the six people killed.
Every time I see them on TV, Morris, a 77-year-old former Marine, said of Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, it makes me want to vomit. He also said he was upset with how the media was celebrating the couple and finds them both worthless, according to the Jan. 7 article.
Morris volunteered for Giffords' opponent during the district election in 2010 and refused an invitation from President Barack Obama to visit him in his hospital room while he was recovering from the shootings.
In addition to his political differences with Giffords, Morris accused Kelly for being a bad husband. He blames the astronaut for the death of his wife and the other casualties of the Jan. 8, 2010 shooting because he didn't take enough precautions to protect his Giffords, who was receiving death threats at the time.
I'd like to debate our dear captain astronaut (and ask) why he didn't have security, Morris told the paper. My wife would still be alive.
Margaret Hartmann writes in Jezebel that the article is tremendously said.
He doesn't agree that political rhetoric has become too vitrolic in America, and say the attack didn't change his belief that Giffords is still hurting the country.
Giffords recently led the Pledge of Allegiance at a vigil in Tucson commemorating the shooting victims, and doctors continue to comment on her remarkable recovery since she was shot in the head. The Arizona congresswoman struggles with speech and movement, as detailed in the memoir Kelly co-wrote with his wife, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope.