TUCSON, AZ–The Grand Canyon State’s growing Armenian American community has placed its stamp of approval on freshman Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in her bid to be re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives this fall. Giffords, who represents the state’s 8th Congressional District, is slated to face former Arizona State Senate President Tim Bee in a race that CQ Politics has rated "Leans Democratic."
As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congresswoman Giffords voted last October for the Armenian Genocide resolution (H.Res. 106) during a marathon committee markup. Urged by her Armenian American constituents to support the human rights legislation marking the wanton murder of over 1.5 million Armenian Christians, the Congresswoman did just that. The Republic of Turkey paid registered foreign agents, including former Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt, to urge the Congresswoman to oppose the genocide bill. The effort by Turkey to have Congresswoman Giffords deny the truth of the Armenian Genocide has and will continue to fail.
In responding to a press inquiry about her vote on the Armenian Genocide resolution, Giffords explained, "I am Jewish. I have both a moral and personal obligation to condemn all acts of genocide no matter where or when they occur. Our nation’s relationship with Turkey is important. Our relationships with all other countries are important. But our relationship with humanity matters as well. I cannot vote to deny that the horrific actions of the Armenian Genocide occurred," she added.
Constituent Sevag Boyadjian of Tucson, Arizona praised Congresswoman Giffords by sharing that, "she showed great moral fiber in support of House Resolution 106." He added that, "by basing her decision in support of this human rights legislation on the founding principles of America rather then being intimidated by a foreign government, she clearly reaffirmed that our nation’s foreign policy should be based on the truth."
Giffords represents the 8th Congressional District in Arizona, which comprises much of the state’s southeast corner. Cochise County comprises the majority of the district geography, but most constituents in the 8th Congressional District live in the Tucson area (Pima County). According to an analysis by Congressional Quarterly, border security issues are of increasing concern to voters in the district. In the last Presidential contest, George W. Bush carried the district with 53 percent of the vote. As of June 30, 2008 Giffords had raised approximately $2.4 million with her opponent Tim Bee collecting approximately $1.1 million in campaign funds.
Armenian Americans in and around the Tucson, Arizona area will be contacted by the ANC-PAC to ensure that they cast their vote this November for Congresswoman Giffords.
The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support campaign committees for Members of Congress who share the values of the Armenian American community. The ANC-PAC is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the voice of the Armenian American community is clearly heard in our nation’s capital. The ANC-PAC continues a century old tradition of Armenian American engagement on the public policy issues facing national political leaders, both in the U.S. Congress and the White House. For more information, you may logon to www.ancpac.org.