Giffords office back to business in TucsonPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Gifford's congressional office is back open, even as the District 8 Democrat lies in the hospital.
It's more or less back to business, but definitely not business as usual.
"Trying to do our best to do what we do every single day."
C.J. Karamargin says he and other staffers are back to tackling consituent concerns. The office is also providing a forum for their emotional needs.
"We've had a lot of every day citizens who are stopping and taking time out of their day to come by express their thoughts," said Communications Director, C.J. Karamargin.
Visitors can deliver get well cards for Giffords and two staffers, Ron Barber and Pam Simon, who remain hospitalized. Just outside the office complex-- the community members write personalized notes.
"Yesterday i wrote one for gabby and today i wrote one for ron wishing for complete recover from his injuries," said visitor Jennifer Schneider.
In a room next door to the main office, people can view several pictures. A snap shot from an office christmas party depicts the staff in happier times.
"Usually trying to fight back tears especially when i think about gabe and his family and his fiance," said Karamargin.
The loss of Gabe Zimmerman is felt among everyone here and those beyond office walls.
"For this instance i think it does transcend politics and goes to just straight to human compassion more or less," said visitor Theo Bochanis.
Candles, balloons, words of hope, have formed a get well blanket that continues to grow.