Sanders Office Defends Reference To Giffords Shooting In Fundraising Newsletter

WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is defending the Senator’s decision to reference the shootings in Arizona as part of a newsletter and fundraising appeal he sent to constituents on Tuesday. The Vermont Independent too…

WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is defending the Senator’s decision to reference the shootings in Arizona as part of a newsletter and fundraising appeal he sent to constituents on Tuesday.

The Vermont Independent took some heat on Tuesday for including his reflections on the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the context of raising money to fight Republicans and other “right-wing reactionaries.”

In an email to the Huffington Post, Michael Briggs, a spokesman for the Senator, cautioned that the citation of the Tucson shootings was just one part of a five-page document. He also noted that the newsletter Sanders sends out traditionally deals with current events and, hence, it would have been “absurd” not to touch on the Giffords’ affair.

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