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Former Congressman Dennis Moore Reflects On Tucson Tragedy And Years In Congress

Former Congressman Dennis Moore has fond memories of his years on Congress but worries about the hateful rhetoric. Photo by Laura Ziegler

Lenexa, Kansas – Former Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore has a special perspective on the recent tragedy in Tucson.

His office was adjacent to that of Representative Gabby Giffords, before his departure last year. Giffords remains in the hospital, recovering from an assassination attempt while meeting constituents outside a local grocery store in Tuscon.

Moore says he and Giffords are good friends.

The former 3rd District Congressman told KCUR's Laura Ziegler that the killings in Arizona represent the kind of heightened hostility and vitriol that were partly responsible for his decision not to run again.