Doctors treating Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords have upgraded her condition to serious from critical. Giffords is reportedly now able to smile and even gave her husband a back-rub as he sat by her hospital bed. The Washington Post meanwhile is reporting Giffords could lose her seat under a longtime Arizona regulation that mandates a special election if an elected official does not perform their duties for three months. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s office has suggested she will amend the statute to ensure Giffords retains her seat.
Maine Gov. Attends NAACP Event Following Snub
Meanwhile, in Maine, Republican Governor Paul LePage is under criticism for his handling of a Martin Luther King Day event invitation from the NAACP. LePage initially turned the invitation down, upsetting the group. But LePage drew even more controversy when he offered this response to the NAACP’s reaction.
Gov. Paul LePage: "Tell them to kiss my butt. If they want to play the race card, come to dinner, and my son will talk to them."
LePage has an adopted black son. He later relented and attended the event.