Jared Loughner, Suspect in Giffords Shooting, Was Registered as an Independent
In the aftermath of the rampage, in which Loughner is accused of shooting Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (and a slew of others), both sides of the political spectrum quickly engaged in a public relations struggle over constructing Loughner's persona.
The liberal side sought to depict Loughner as a radical anti-government conservative, saying heated tea party rhetoric and Sarah Palin's political map literally targeting Giffords' congressional district must've inspired him in some way. In response, many conservatives maintained that the shooting was independent of any tea party or larger political affiliation, pointing to reports of the alleged shooter's troubled mental state.
Pima County Registrar of Voters records show that Loughner registered to vote on Sept. 29, 2006, voted in the 2006 and 2008 elections but is currently "inactive" after declining to vote in November.
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