Mark Kelly Won't Run for Wife Giffords' Seat

'I need to focus on Gabby,' he says
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2012 10:30 AM CST
Mark Kelly Won't Run for Wife Giffords' Seat
Mark Kelly leans on the shoulder of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, at a memorial vigil remembering the victims and survivors of last year's shooting.   (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)

Mark Kelly has put to rest rumors that he would run for wife Gabby Giffords' congressional seat in Arizona. "I'm not running," the newly retired astronaut tells CNN in an interview airing today. "My job right now is to make sure Gabby has everything she needs. ... I need to focus on Gabby." Kelly also recounts the "sad" moment watching his wife's emotional resignation this week but reiterated that she intends to return to public service, even if it's not an elected position. (More Mark Kelly stories.)

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