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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 02/16/2011

House Democrats to hold Giffords fundraiser

By Chris Cillizza

A group of House Democrats are planning a D.C. fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) on March 15 as she continues to recuperate from an assassination attempt last month.

The event, which is being organized by Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) and Adam Smith (Wash.) as well as Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand (N.Y.), will benefit Giffords' re-election coffers. which were badly drained during her narrow win last November over Iraq war veteran Jesse Kelly.

News of the fundraiser was first reported by Politico's Jonathan Allen.

Giffords spent nearly $4 million on the race in which she bested Kelly 49 percent to 47 percent, the lone targeted Democrat left standing in the state after the 2010 election.

Giffords ended 2010 with just $285,000 in the bank.

The March event is aimed at giving her fundraising a boost while she continues to recuperate in Houston from a gunshot wound to the head.

While Giffords is out of the political spotlight at the moment, there is considerable speculation about her future.

Some Democrats in Arizona are openly speculating about the possibility of Giffords not only returning to Congress but running for the newly open Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R).

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijlva called a Giffords Senate bid a "distinct possibility" on Tuesday citing the rapidness of her recovery.

It remains unclear whether Giffords will be physically able or otherwise interested in running in a statewide race in 2012.

A number of other Democrats have been mentioned for the opening including Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R) announced his candidacy for the Senate seat on Monday.

By Chris Cillizza  | February 16, 2011; 10:42 AM ET
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