Gabby Giffords backs Democratic congressional candidate Joe Neguse
Author: Ernest Luning - March 21, 2018 - Updated: March 22, 2018
DENVER — Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was wounded in a shooting in Arizona seven years ago, on Wednesday endorsed Democrat Joe Neguse, a candidate in the 2nd Congressional District.
“Colorado needs bold new leaders like Joe Neguse who are committed to acting in the face of our nation’s gun violence epidemic,” Giffords said in a statement. “Just last year, politicians in Colorado almost succeeded in passing legislation that would have allowed guns in schools – something that, as we know, will not make our children safer. If our elected officials aren’t going to make our schools, streets, and communities safe, it’s time for us to elect people who will. That’s why we’re proud to support Joe Neguse – a strong advocate for meaningful gun safety policies – for Congress this year.”
Neguse, a former University of Colorado regent, running for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a candidate for governor. The son of Eritrean immigrants, an attorney, would be the first African American elected to Congress in Colorado history. He’s facing former Boulder County Democratic Party Chair Mark Williams in a primary in the heavily Democratic district. Political novice Peter Yu is the Republican in the race, which also includes Libertarian Todd Mitchem and unaffiliated candidate Nick Thomas.
Giffords was one of 19 people shot outside a grocery store in Tucson in an attack that left six dead. She founded the nonprofit — its full name is Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence — along with her husband, combat veteran and retired astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly.
Neguse, an attorney and the 2014 Democratic nominee for secretary of state, called the endorsement an honor.
“I am honored to receive this important endorsement and am ready to fight alongside Giffords to make our communities safer,” he said in a statement. “It’s time to ensure that background checks are performed every time a firearm exchanges hands, institute new tough federal laws against gun trafficking, bring back the assault weapons ban, and to keep fighting dangerous legislation like concealed-carry reciprocity.”
In November, Giffords endorsed Jason Crow, one of four Democrats running for the 6th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a five-term incumbent.