MIKE LARSEN’s latest column in Huffington Post tackles the recent tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her aide Gabe Zimmerman. Check out a portion of the article below and link to Huffington Post:
I never met Gabe Zimmerman, but I knew him.
The 30-year-old aide to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who died in the service of his country Saturday morning is no stranger to me or anyone who has stood in his shoes.
Without having met Mr. Zimmerman, I can tell you that he rarely had a day off; that he worked all week helping constituents get their social security checks, file for veterans services and communicate with their Member of Congress; that weekends were spent accompanying the congresswoman around the district and nights more often found him at city council meetings than hanging out with friends.
I can tell you that his job came up before the voters every two years so it was hard to think too far into the future, that he lived by limits set by House ethics rules on things that are commonplace for everyone else — like getting tickets to a game from a friend or letting someone buy you a drink and, still, he considered this the best job he ever had.
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