November 6, 2018 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords released the following statement congratulating Angie Craig for winning a seat in the House to represent Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District:
“This year, Angie Craig dared to imagine an America where gun violence wasn’t normal and people didn’t have to live in fear, wondering if today was the day they would have to duck under a desk or hide in a closet. Angie stood tall and boldly declared that the gun lobby is no longer welcome here, and their influence over our politicians is a thing of the past. Communities in Minnesota responded to this message of courage and hope by electing Angie to office. Today marks the dawn of a new era for gun safety in America.
“Angie made it clear that once elected, she would fight for laws proven to keep guns out of dangerous hands and save lives. Angie’s story is uniquely American. She started her career as a newspaper reporter and eventually led a workforce of 16,000 employees as head of Global Human Resources for a major Minnesota manufacturer. On the campaign trail, she listened to the concerns of voters who don’t understand how we can live in a country where nearly 100 lives are lost to gunfire each day. Angie promised to bring what she heard to the halls of power, and now she will.
“Angie’s election is a testament to the strength of people who stood up and marched, who spoke up and said enough. Angie harnessed this new energy and pointed out that politicians had failed in their basic moral responsibility to keep us safe. Her election is proof that we don’t have to tolerate inaction on gun safety in a country where guns cause daily heartbreak and horror. We congratulate Angie Craig on her victory tonight and look forward to working with her in the months to come as we fight to make our schools, streets, and communities safer.”
Angie Craig’s opponent, Jason Lewis, was part of the Giffords #VoteThemOut initiative, taking more than $10,000 in campaign donations from the NRA. Giffords invested $1.3 million in MN-02 in an ad campaign that outlined the stark choice between Craig and Lewis. Giffords also campaigned alongside her in October as part of the Vote Save Lives tour.
News Coverage Highlights:
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Related Resources from Giffords:
Press Release: Gun Safety & The 2018 Midterms
Fact Sheet: The State of Gun Violence in Minnesota