ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:
Less than 24-hours before she was critically wounded by a lone gunman at an event in her Arizona Congressional district, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, wrote an e-mail message to Kentucky’s Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson expressing her desire find ways to “tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.”
Giffords sent a note congratulating Grayson on his recent appointment as director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and included a political message too.
“After you get settled, I would love to talk about what we can do to promote centrism and moderation,” Giffords wrote, according to the message, which was first reported by Kentucky news Web site, cn|2 Politics.
She continued, “I am one of only 12 Dems left in a GOP district (the only woman) and think that we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.”
The message reportedly arrived in Grayson’s inbox just hours before Giffords made her way to a constituent outreach event in Tucson where six people lost their lives and 14 others, including the congresswoman, were injured.
Harvard University announced on Friday that Grayson, who lost to Sen. Rand Paul in the Kentucky’s GOP Senate primary last year, is heading to the university to run its Institute of Politics -- a gathering place for students, academics, politicians and activists based at the Kennedy School of Government.
Like Grayson, who spent his undergraduate years at Harvard and sat on a student advisory board for the Institute of Politics, Giffords also had a connection to the university. She noted in her message to Grayson that as a state senator she participated in a three-week course for local leaders at the Kennedy School in 2003.
In an interview with the Kentucky’s news Web site’s Ryan Alessi on Sunday Grayson pledges to “redouble my efforts” to highlight moderation in the discourse and working across party lines.”
“That is something she and I have been quite passionate about -- to run for office in the right way and for the right reasons,” Grayson told cn|2 Politics. “I think Gabby was really sincere in that email.”