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Report: Tea Party Gifford's Enemy, Father Says

Peter Schroeder

The father of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in the head Saturday, told The New York Post that the "whole tea party" was her enemy.

"They always get threatened," said Spencer Giffords.

was shot at close range along with several other people at a public
event outside a Tucson grocery store. She is reportedly in surgery at a
local hospital.

Giffords also reported the door to her Tucson
office was smashed by vandals after she voted in favor of healthcare
reform in March.

Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips
condemned the attacks, but warned supporters that the Tea Party movement
would be blamed by political opponents.

"While we need to take a
moment to extend our sympathies to the families of those who died, we
cannot allow the hard left to do what it tried to do in 1995 after the
Oklahoma City bombing," he said.

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