Published: Jan 09, 2011 4:35 AM EST
Updated: Jan 09, 2011 12:11 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Florida's political scene also shocked by the tragedy is Tucson.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson told WINK News he's deeply saddened by today's events- describing Congresswoman Giffords as a model lawmaker.

"She's a very bubbly personality, she reminds you of the all American girl. She obviously works her Congressional District out in Tucson very hard by virtue of what she was doing this morning," Nelson said.

Congressman Connie Mack is also speaking out following today's shootings, issuing this statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers today go out to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her family and her staff members; and for family and friends of U.S. District Judge John M. Roll and for the five others who tragically lost their lives today in Tucson, Arizona. We also hope for the full and speedy recovery of all of those wounded in this horrific episode."

Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink says the tragedy is a terrifying wake up call to everyone in public office.

"It's very distressing. It makes you take a deep breath and recognize that people in public life do put their lives at risk," Sink said.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is also offering his condolences, saying:

"My family and I pray for Congresswoman Giffords, all the victims of this horrific tragedy and their families. This senseless act has shocked our state and nation today, and I join my fellow Floridians in praying for her recovery. My family and I also mourn the loss of Judge Roll and others killed today. May they rest in eternal peace, and may their families find some comfort in their memories and in knowing that Florida's prayers are with them."

Republican Florida Congressmen David Rivera from Miami also issued this statement:

"There is no room for attacks like this in a free society where we have the luxury of an open exchange of ideas. This is a sad day for our country."