Yes, according to an opinion piece by Paul Sracic. He says her district of 650,000 Arizonans has gone long enough without representation, and she should step down so Gov. Jan Brewer can call a special election.
He is right that we tend to see resignations as punishment for bad behavior (e.g. Anthony Weiner). In Giffords’ case, she was incapacitated while doing her job: listening to her constituents’ concerns. And although she is reportedly recuperating amazingly well, she will never be able to return to the way she was before the shooting in January. No one can say with certainty how much of her life she will regain and how long it will take to reach that point. It could be months or years.
It pains me to admit it, because Giffords seemed to be a strong progressive voice in the House, but I think Sracic is right that she should resign. Not necessarily immediately, but hopefully soon enough to get a replacement who has the best interest of her constituents at heart. I would love for Giffords to be able to resume her duties, but that doesn’t look to happen anytime soon, and her district shouldn’t go without representation indefinitely.