Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, spoke during an Arizona Democratic Party fundraiser at the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix to salute the party's grassroots volunteers.
During his speech, the retired NASA astronaut, told the crowd that Giffords was excited for Greg Stanton to be Phoenix's next mayor and that she encouraged her Phoenix friends to vote for him.
That's according to tweets from the Arizona Democratic Party.
Kelly also mentioned that Giffords worked with Stanton on border security issues while he was working the in the Attorney General's office.
Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in the head on Jan. 8 while meeting with constituents, was not at the event. Jared Loughner is the man accused of killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Giffords, during a shooting rampage in Tucson.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.