As Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords makes her slow but steady recovery amid speculation about her political future, Republicans are faced with the challenging and delicate task of putting up a candidate for her seat in 2012.

Whether Giffords stands for reelection or not, Republicans in Arizona have indicated they want to seek the office -- but who that candidate may be and how they’ll go about campaigning is a subject they're not discussing, at least publicly.