Roby planning 'robust work week" in district despite Arizona shooting

January 9, 2011
Roby in the News

The shooting rampage in Arizona that left more than a dozen people dead or wounded isn’t causing local U.S. Rep. Martha Roby to run and hide.

“While this crime in Arizona is very tragic, Martha follows the recommended safety procedures of the Capitol Police,” said Brecke Popelka, a spokesman in Roby’s Washington office.

“It is not anticipated that this incident today will keep Martha from having a robust work week in her district coming at the end of this month,” Popelka said Saturday.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot on Saturday by a gunman outside a grocery store in Tucson during a meeting with voters.

The gunman killed a federal judge and five others. Giffords was among 13 wounded.
Popelka said outside of days spent in Washington for votes and other business, Roby spends much of her time in Montgomery and her district.

“I was heartbroken to hear the news of the heinous attack on my colleague, Rep. Giffords,” Roby said in a press release.

“It is a sad day when an American who is serving his or her country becomes a victim of such a senseless act of violence,” Roby said. “One of the characteristics that make America exceptional is that we settle our differences through civil dialogue, democratic rule, and the fair adjudication of disputes based on the rule of law — not through cowardly acts of

“There is simply no place for that in American society, and it should never be tolerated.”

Popelka said Roby still plans to meet with constituents in her district as her schedule allows.