TUCSON, Ariz. (March 24, 2010)—The Tucson office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., the only former tire dealer in Congress, was vandalized in the early morning hours of March 22, a few hours after Rep. Giffords cast a vote in favor of the health care bill.
Glass in the office's front door and an adjacent panel was found smashed when Rep. Giffords' staff arrived for work the morning of March 22. C.J. Karamargin, Rep. Giffords' press secretary, said the police were still investigating.
Karamargin said there was no way to say categorically that Rep. Giffords' favorable vote on the health care bill was the direct cause of the vandalism. “But since we've never been vandalized before, and because the incident occurred so soon after the final vote on health care, there does seem to be a connection,” he said.
Rep. Giffords formerly served as president of Tucson-based El Campo Tire & Service Centers Inc., a business founded by her grandfather in 1949. She was first elected to Congress in 2006.