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    Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history
    By STEPHEN MAJORS – 14 hours ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Elections Commission agreed Thursday to hear a case far outside the typical realm of Ohio politics, one involving claims of genocide, Turkish history, U.S. foreign policy and a growing and personal political rivalry.

    At issue are comments made by an Armenian-American congressional candidate during the 2008 campaign. A Republican congresswoman from Cincinnati, Jean Schmidt, claims her opponent violated election law when he accused her of being a puppet of Turkish efforts to deny that the mass killings of Armenians during World War I constituted genocide.

    The commission on Thursday found probable cause that David Krikorian's statements violated election law, voting unanimously to bring the case to a full hearing.

    The 94-year-old killings in Turkey are an unlikely topic for a congressional campaign in America's heartland, where Schmidt's staunchly conservative values find favor among a large portion of her constituents. But for Krikorian, Schmidt's comments that she doesn't have enough evidence to call the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians "genocide" make her morally unfit to serve in Congress. Krikorian refused to shake the hand of Schmidt's attorney following the hearing Thursday.

    "It is my right under political free speech to point out these facts that she denies the Armenian genocide," Krikorian told the commission Thursday.

    He alleged that Schmidt had taken campaign donations from Turkish interests in return for "denying" the genocide.

    "And, yes, I refer to it as blood money because where I come from, when you take money to deny the killing of innocent women and children, that is blood money," he said. "That's exactly what it is. It's reprehensible."

    But the dispute isn't just about the past — Krikorian is challenging Schmidt again in 2010, but as a Democrat. He won 18 percent of the vote as an independent in 2008, a performance Krikorian claims has Schmidt worried enough about 2010 to file a "frivolous" elections complaint to discredit him.

    Schmidt's attorney, Donald Brey, refuted all of Krikorian's claims Thursday, taking particular issue with his equating Schmidt's unwillingness to call the killings genocide with denial.

    "She wasn't a genocide denier," Brey said. "She didn't do anything as a quid pro quo."

    Federal Elections Commission records show Schmidt received $3,300 from the Turkish American Heritage Political Action Committee between January and October 2008. The committee was formed to defend Turkish heritage against "slanderous campaigns" carried out by ethnic groups in the United States to influence public opinion.

    Schmidt's unwillingness to proclaim what many history scholars regard as fact is also shared by the U.S. government. The U.S. foreign policy establishment's careful positioning on the issue is driven by the importance of maintaining productive relations with a moderate ally in the Middle East.

    In April, President Barack Obama refrained from branding the WWI-era massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey a "genocide" and instead referred to the killings that began in 1915 as "one of the great atrocities of the 20th century." The careful words were a backtrack from Obama's campaign promise to refer to the killing as genocide, which the Bush administration also declined to do.

    Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland recognized the killings as genocide in 2007, and former President Ronald Reagan did so in 1981.

    Turkey denies that the deaths constituted genocide, contending the toll has been inflated and the casualties were victims of civil war. It says Turks also suffered losses in the hands of Armenian gangs.

    Turkey and Armenia have had no diplomatic ties since closing their border in 1993 because of a Turkish protest of Armenia's occupation of land claimed by Azerbaijan.

    Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...SjojgD986BNB00
    "All truth passes through three stages:
    First, it is ridiculed;
    Second, it is violently opposed; and
    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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    Re: Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history

    As 2010 House Race Heats Up in Ohio, Krikorian Stands by Claim that Rep. Schmidt is Genocide Denier

    By Asbarez Staff on May 15th, 2009
    http://www.asbarez.com/2009/05/15/as...nocide-denier/



    COLUMBUS, OH– Candidate for Ohio’s second district House seat in 2010 David Krikorian stands by his claims that current Congresswoman Jean Schmidt denies the genocide of 1.5 million Christians in Armenia despite Schmidt’s attempt to intimidate him with an Ohio Elections Commission complaint.

    “I stand by everything my campaign did during the 2008 election, but this frivolous complaint isn’t about the 2008 election. It’s about the 2010 election. She’s so threatened that she has to start campaigning against me 18 months in advance,” stated Krikorian Thursday after the OEC voted to bring the case to a full committee hearing in the summer.

    Krikorian announced his campaign against Schmidt for 2010 as a Democrat just three weeks ago after running against Schmidt in 2008 as an independent and receiving the highest percentage of votes for an independent candidate in any House race that year. Schmidt received the lowest percentage of votes of any Representative in Congress in 2008.

    Schmidt filed the complaint about a flier Krikorian circulated during the 2008 campaign that stated, “Representative Jean Schmidt has taken $30,000 in blood money to deny the genocide of Christian Armenians by Muslim Turks.”

    Krikorian’s flier referenced Schmidt’s continued denial of the Armenian Genocide while she leads the US Congress in donations from Turkish interest lobbyists the TurkishAmerican Heritage PAC and the Turkish Coalition USA-PAC.

    There’s neither a significant Turkish constituency in the second district to justify Congresswoman Schmidt leading the Congress in donations from those Turkish interest PACs, nor is there a significant Armenian constituency to protest her position and acceptance of the PAC money.

    “It’s easy money for Congresswoman Schmidt,” claimed Krikorian. “But, it’s morally reprehensible.”

    Ohio Governor Ted Strickland recognized the slaughter of Christians in Armenia as genocide in 2007, and former US President Ronald Reagan did so in 1981. Though current President Barack Obama promised to recognize the genocide on the campaign trail, he has yet to do so in office.

    Krikorian’s grandparents escaped the Armenian Genocide before emigrating to the United States.

    “The 2010 Krikorian campaign to replace Schmidt will be about fiscal responsibility that strengthens the dollar and moral clarity and courage,” stated Krikorian. “Congresswoman Schmidt claims she doesn’t have the information to call the slaughter of 1.5 million Christians in Armenia “genocide”. There’s no excuse for her to remain willfully ignorant when the information is readily available. I call on her to join with the 121 other Representatives to co-sponsor House Resolution 252 to recognize the genocide. If she chooses to remain ignorant of the Genocide in order to deny it, we have to ask whether she has the moral courage and clarity to represent the second district.”
    "All truth passes through three stages:
    First, it is ridiculed;
    Second, it is violently opposed; and
    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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      Re: Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history

      A case on Armenian Genocide denial in US
      16.05.2009 01:59 GMT+04:00 Print version Send to mail

      /PanARMENIAN.Net/ The state Elections Commission in Ohio (USA) agreed to hear a case far outside the typical realm of Ohio politics, one involving Armenian Genocide, Turkish history, U.S. foreign policy and a growing and personal political rivalry, Dayton Daily News reports.

      At issue are comments made by an Armenian-American congressional candidate during the 2008 campaign. A Republican congresswoman from Cincinnati, Jean Schmidt, claims her opponent violated election law when he accused her of being a puppet of Turkish efforts to deny that the mass killings of Armenians during World War I constituted genocide.

      The commission on May 14 found probable cause that David Krikorian's statements violated election law, voting unanimously to bring the case to a full hearing.

      The 94-year-old killings in Turkey are an unlikely topic for a congressional campaign in America's heartland, where Schmidt's staunchly conservative values find favor among a large portion of her constituents. But for Krikorian, Schmidt's comments that she doesn't have enough evidence to call the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians "genocide" make her morally unfit to serve in Congress. Krikorian refused to shake the hand of Schmidt's attorney following the hearing May 14.

      "It is my right under political free speech to point out these facts that she denies the Armenian genocide," Krikorian told the commission. He alleged that Schmidt had taken campaign donations from Turkish interests in return for "denying" the genocide.

      "And, yes, I refer to it as blood money because where I come from, when you take money to deny the killing of innocent women and children, that is blood money. That's exactly what it is. It's reprehensible."

      As it is stated in the article, “the dispute isn't just about the past — Krikorian is challenging Schmidt again in 2010, but as a Democrat. He won 18 percent of the vote as an independent in 2008, a performance Krikorian claims has Schmidt worried enough about 2010 to file a "frivolous" elections complaint to discredit him.”

      Schmidt's attorney, Donald Brey, refuted all of Krikorian's claims, taking particular issue with his equating Schmidt's unwillingness to call the killings genocide with denial.

      "She wasn't a genocide denier ... She didn't do anything as a quid pro quo," Brey said.
      Federal Elections Commission records show Schmidt received $3,300 from the Turkish American Heritage Political Action Committee between January and October 2008. The committee was formed to defend Turkish heritage against "slanderous campaigns" carried out by ethnic groups in the United States to influence public opinion.

      Schmidt's unwillingness to proclaim what many history scholars regard as fact is also shared by the U.S. government. The U.S. foreign policy establishment's careful positioning on the issue is driven by the importance of maintaining productive relations with a moderate ally in the Middle East.

      Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland recognized the killings as genocide in 2007, and former President Ronald Reagan did so in 1981.
      You should never argue with idiots because they will just drag you down to their level....then beat you with experience!!!!!!!

      "I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" Voltaire

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      • #4
        Re: Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history

        Where was Jean Schmidt on Memorial Day?





        Jiu honoring Jiu



        May 29, 2009

        CINCINNATI - Congresswoman Jean Schmidt of Ohio's second district laid a wreath in the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic, in Ankara over Memorial Day weekend.

        Schmidt is currently pursuing an Ohio Elections Commission complaint against her 2010 opponent David Krikorian denying connections to Turkish interests which Krikorian claims are linked to her denial of the Genocide of 1.5 million Christians by the Turks during World War I.

        "Like most Americans, I spent Memorial Day with my family and friends and remembering fallen U.S. soldiers. Jean Schmidt spent Memorial Day in Turkey on the dime of the Turkish Coalition of America remembering Atatürk," said Krikorian.

        While in Turkey over Memorial Day recess from Congress, Schmidt met with Turkish government representatives and remarked, "It was a great privilege to honor Atatürk by laying a wreath at his memorial."

        Not only is Schmidt the leading Congressional recipient of contributions from the Turkish American Heritage PAC and the Turkish Coalition USA-PAC despite having no significant Turkish constituency living in her district, she was curiously the only Republican and the only member of Congress on a trip that included staff members of two other Democratic Congressman and the House Democratic Caucus.

        Krikorian asked, "What is the Turkish connection to Jean Schmidt? I take her Genocide denial personally because my grandparents escaped the Genocide to come to America during WWI. But, even if voters in Ohio's second district are content to leave the Genocide in the past, they want to know why in the present Jean Schmidt is funded by Turkish interests and spending Memorial Day in Ankara. It's odd. Jean Schmidt must make her connections to Turkish interests transparent for the people of the second district."

        Krikorian ran against Schmidt as an independent in 2008 and won 18% of the vote, leading the nation among independent candidates for Congress. In 2010, Krikorian is running as a Democrat, but maintains his independent approach to creating jobs, improving government transparency, and decreasing the amount of American tax dollars funneled overseas.
        http://www.krikorian2010.com/news/je..._memorial_day/
        "All truth passes through three stages:
        First, it is ridiculed;
        Second, it is violently opposed; and
        Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

        Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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        • #5
          Re: Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history

          If he wants votes from Ohio he should open up a casino. These poor folks drive 150 miles just to gamble in Canada with their pension and social security checks. In fact, I think that's an important issue on the ballot in the general elections.
          "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X

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          • #6
            Re: Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history




            Geragos to Represent David Krikorian Against Genocide Denier

            By Asbarez Staff on Jul 2nd, 2009

            LOS ANGELES—Nationally renowned lawyer Mark Geragos will lead a legal team of attorneys from across the nation to represent Democratic Congressional Candidate David Krikorian, in connection with a complaint initiated by Ohio Representative Jean Schmidt before the Ohio Elections Commission.

            The Los Angeles based Geragos will be joined by Cincinnati attorney Christopher Finney of Finney, Stagnaro, Saba & Patterson Co. L.P.A. in defending Krikorian against Schmidt’s complaint before the Commission. In 2006, Finney was the lead attorney who successfully challenged Schmidt for making multiple false statements, including repeated public misrepresentations about having a second college degree.

            Schmidt has brought charges against her likely Democratic opponent in the 2010 election for what she claims are false statements made by Krikorian in connection with Schmidt’s vocal opposition to Congressional measures to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. During the last election cycle, Schmidt received more than $30,000 in contributions from individuals and political action committees advancing the Turkish government’s position to deny the fact of the Armenian Genocide and oppose Congressional measures to commemorate what is widely acknowledged as the first Genocide of the twentieth century. The trial on Schmidt’s charges is scheduled for August 13 before the Ohio Elections Commission.

            “The legal team my campaign has assembled combines the very best of local and national assets,” said Krikorian Thursday. “Mr. Geragos and Christopher Finney from Cincinnati are accomplished and respected attorneys and I welcome their participation and have complete confidence in their ability to present the truth and prevail in this forum.”

            “Congresswoman Schmidt’s complaint isn’t about the 2008 election. It’s about the 2010 election. She’s threatened by my campaign and is using the OEC to hide her positions and hide who’s funding her campaigns. Just like she voted to bailout Wall Street while accepting thousands of dollars from the banking industry, she continues to deny genocide while accepting money from Turkish interest PACs. And, she wants the OEC to make me stop telling people about it,” added Krikorian.

            “I stand by everything my campaign did during the 2008 election,” Krikorian said.

            Since her election to Congress, Jean Schmidt has become an active and vocal apologist for the Turkish government’s position on the Armenian Genocide and has solicited and received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Turkish Americans and affiliated political action committees. David Krikorian has been working to expose the connection between Schmidt’s actions as a Member of Congress and her political contributions.

            “Jean Schmidt’s active participation in the Turkish Government’s campaign to deny and cover up this internationally recognized crime against humanity is well documented and readily traceable” said Geragos, who, like Krikorian, is Armenian American. “Schmidt’s mertiless complaint against David is yet another attempt by the Turkish Government and its apologists to intimidate those with the audacity to speak the truth about this ongoing human right violation. David Krikorian understands that the Turkish Government’s attempt to suppress the truth about the most heinous crime known to humankind transcends the interests of Armenian Americans and is a cause for concern to all those of good conscience. David is a man of principle and despite Schmidt’s specious allegations, remains undeterred in his resolve to bring this important human rights issue to light.” said Mark Geragos who will serve as the lead attorney on the case.

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            • #7
              Re: Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history

              SIBEL EDMONDS' DEPOSITION: VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT RELEASED
              http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7374

              Long-gagged FBI whistleblower's full under-oath testimony from Ohio election case, details Congressional blackmail, bribery, espionage, infiltration, more...


              Just over two weeks ago, FBI translator-turned-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds was finally allowed to speak about much of what the Bush Administration spent years trying to keep her from discussing publicly on the record. Twice gagged by the Bush Dept. of Justice's invocation of the so-called "State Secrets Privilege," Edmonds has been attempting to tell her story, about the crimes she became aware of while working for the FBI, for years.

              Thanks to a subpoena issued by the campaign of Ohio's 2nd District Democratic U.S. Congressional candidate David Krikorian, her remarkable allegations of blackmail, bribery, espionage, infiltration, and criminal conspiracy by current and former members of the U.S. Congress, high-ranking State and Defense Department officials, and agents of the government of Turkey are seen and heard here, in full, for the first time, in her under-oath deposition. Both the complete video tape and transcript of the deposition follow below.

              Though there was much concern, prior to her testimony, that the Obama Dept. of Justice might re-invoke the "State Secrets Privilege" to keep her from speaking, they did not do so. Nor did they choose to be present at the Washington D.C. deposition.

              The BRAD BLOG covered details of some of Edmonds' startling disclosures made during the deposition, as it happened, in our live blog coverage from August 8th. The deposition included criminal allegations against specifically named members of Congress. Among those named by Edmonds as part of a broad criminal conspiracy: Reps. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), Tom Lantos (D-CA), as well as an unnamed, still-serving Congresswoman (D) said to have been secretly videotaped, for blackmail purposes, during a lesbian affair.

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              "All truth passes through three stages:
              First, it is ridiculed;
              Second, it is violently opposed; and
              Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

              Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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                Re: Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history




                Schmidt v. Krikorian Hearing Offers 'High Drama'

                http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7391
                "All truth passes through three stages:
                First, it is ridiculed;
                Second, it is violently opposed; and
                Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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                  Re: Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history

                  State hears 'blood money' case

                  By Jon Craig • [email protected] • September 3, 2009


                  COLUMBUS - If lawyers for U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt sought to prove that her congressional opponent, David Krikorian, wasn't precise when he claimed the Republican took campaign money directly from the Turkish government they did a decent job Thursday.


                  But if they hoped the controversy over taking $30,000 in campaign "blood money to deny the genocide of Christian Armenians by Muslin Turks" during World War I will go away soon, they failed miserably.

                  Continued
                  "All truth passes through three stages:
                  First, it is ridiculed;
                  Second, it is violently opposed; and
                  Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

                  Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Ohio elections spat involves Turkish history

                    Originally posted by Gavur View Post
                    State hears 'blood money' case

                    By Jon Craig • [email protected] • September 3, 2009


                    COLUMBUS - If lawyers for U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt sought to prove that her congressional opponent, David Krikorian, wasn't precise when he claimed the Republican took campaign money directly from the Turkish government they did a decent job Thursday.


                    But if they hoped the controversy over taking $30,000 in campaign "blood money to deny the genocide of Christian Armenians by Muslin Turks" during World War I will go away soon, they failed miserably.

                    Continued
                    Thank you Gavur jan for all of the above valuable information.
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