Giffords wasn’t renowned as a daredevil, but her response wouldn’t have shocked those who knew her political pluck. She gave the team her email address, and the SEAL contacted her when they were planning a training trip to Arizona. She replied that she was going to be in her district that weekend, meeting staff. He repeated the invitation to come jump with them. “She said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it,’” he recalls.
On the appointed morning, the SEAL expected Giffords to arrive with a big staff. She came on her own. “She showed up in jeans and a sweatshirt and had breakfast with us,” he says. “A super-gregarious person who enjoys people.”