TORRANCE, CA–With the recent Massachusetts U.S. Senate race in mind, where a determined grassroots effort defeated a shoe-in candidate, Armenian Americans in Southern California have begun to focus their efforts on defeating Armenian Genocide denier Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-36).
Supporters of the Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) have begun increasing their support for Harman’s challenger, Marcy Winograd, a progressive Democrat who will square off against Harman in the Democratic primary on June 8, 2010.
Harman became a pariah among human rights activists, including Armenian Americans, in 2007 when she secretly wrote a letter in opposition to the Armenian Genocide resolution to the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, while still being listed as a “cosponsor” of the human rights legislation. The Los Angeles Times and others harshly criticized Harman for flip-flopping on the genocide resolution. California’s 36th Congressional District, which is home to an active population of Armenian Americans, covers a portion of the South Bay in Los Angeles County, including the cities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, El Segundo and Venice.
“I am looking forward to voting for Marcy Winograd this June in the Democratic primary,” explained Azniv Goenjian who resides in California’s 36th Congressional District. “I am fed up with Jane Harman and her allegiance to Turkey and their denial of the Armenian Genocide,” Goenjian added.
“We need to send to Washington, DC a true representative of the people, not Jane Harman,” commented Lori Khajadourian who resides in California’s 36th Congressional District. Marcy Winograd would be, hands down, a far better representative for our community than Jane Harman, who strikes me as a tool of major corporations,” Khajadourian continued.
“I have met Marcy Winograd and she is a model citizen,” remarked Minas Hasholian who lives in the Congressional District presently represented by Jane Harman. “What we need in Congress is some good old common sense and that is exactly what Marcy Winograd would bring to the table for the residents of the South Bay.”
Individuals interested in learning more about Marcy Winograd’s challenge to Jane Harman may visit her website at: www.winograd4congress.com
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.