She was an Independent in Democrat clothing.
Based on her voting record I'd say the real teaparters would support her.
Major Votes Against Leadership
• Congresswoman Giffords voted against increasing the national debt limit (Dec. 16, 2009).
• Congresswoman Giffords supported an amendment to the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which would repeal TARP and lower the national
debt limit (Dec. 11, 2009).
• Congresswoman Giffords voted against the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill (Feb. 25, 2009).
• Congresswoman Giffords supported measures that would bar the Interior Department from prohibiting an individual from possessing a firearm in a
national park or wildlife refuge (April 30, 2009, Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act).
• Congresswoman Giffords voted against “Cash for Clunkers” and also voted against extending the program’s funding (June 9, 2009).
• Congresswoman Giffords voted against the Auto Bailout (Dec. 19, 2008).
• Congresswoman Giffords supported an amendment offered by Congressman Jeff Flake which would have investigated earmarks given to clients of PMA
Lobbying Group (March 5, 2009).
• Congresswoman Giffords supported several amendments offered by Congressman Jeff Flake which would have investigated the relationship between
earmarks and campaign contributions (March 10, 2009; March 19, 2009; March 25, 2009; March 30, 2009; April 1, 2009; May 12, 2009; July 22, 2009, March
18, 2010, March 25, 2010, April 15, 2010, April 22, 2010).
Debt and Deficit
• Congresswoman Giffords is a proud member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition.
• Congresswoman Giffords was a lead advocate in Congress for creating a bipartisan commission to examine all areas of federal spending and propose
ways of reducing the national debt. She cosponsored the Securing America’s Future Economy Commission Act which would do just that.
• She voted against increasing the nation’s debt limit by $290 billion to $12.394 trillion in December 2009.
• Congresswoman Giffords signed a letter to House leaders opposing the debt increase citing, “the skyrocketing deficits are taking us down a path
to mushrooming debt that will have serious real-world consequences. Deficits and debt matter for everyone. In 2008, American taxpayers paid more
than $250 billion to our creditors in interest payments alone, and each citizen’s share of the debt is more than $38,000. Long-term deficits will
drive up interest rates for consumers, raise prices of goods and services and weaken America’s financial competiveness and security.”
• At the request of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Congresswoman Giffords sent a letters to Chairman Waxman (Energy and Commerce Committee) and
Speaker Pelosi to expressing concern about Arizona’s ability to afford new Medicaid enrollees under the Senate health care bill.
• Congresswoman Giffords introduced with Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX) the More Doctors, More Choices Act which will give doctors a one-time
opportunity to opt back into Medicare when a long-term SGR extension goes into effect.
• Congresswoman Giffords has repeatedly criticized the federal government for not securing the border.
• In March 2009, Congresswoman Giffords sent a letter with Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to President Obama supporting comprehensive immigration
reform and securing the border.
• Congresswoman Giffords joined Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) in sponsoring the New Employee Verification Act which proposes changes to E-Verify to
make it a more reliable, effective and balanced employee verification system.
• In spring 2010, Congresswoman Giffords joined Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) in calling for the immediate deployment of the National Guard to the
U.S.-Mexico border. She also introduced a resolution with him recognizing the increasing violence along the southern border.
• Congresswoman Giffords introduced legislation with Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) that would impose tough new regulations on stored value
devices, a favored money-transfer mechanism of Mexican drug cartels.