LOS ANGELES–A number of prominent Armenian Americans joined local leaders of the Greek-American community at a fundraiser on November 2 for Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). The event for the Congressman was held at the home of the President of the American Hellenic Council, Dino Andrianos of Burbank, California.
Congressman Bilirakis, who is proud of his Greek heritage, was an ardent supporter of the Armenian Genocide resolution when it was considered last month by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on which he serves. The event was attended by the national chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America, Ken Hachikian and local ANC leader Peter Musurlian.
"I know that all Armenian Americans are proud of Gus Bilirakis for voting for the Armenian Genocide resolution," commented ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian after the event. "In the face of a concerted effort by Turkey to kill this bill, Gus voted for the truth and we respect that," the ANCA Chairman added.
Congressman Bilirakis delivered the following remarks on October 10, 2007 prior to voting in support of H.Res.106 (the Armenian Genocide resolution) in the House Foreign Affairs Committee;
"Today, I urge this committee to pass House Resolution 106 and recognize the horrific tragedy of genocide carried out against the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire. The more than 1.5 million innocent Armenia’s, men and women and children who died should not be brushed aside by history or this Congress any longer. The reality is that the Armenian genocide must not be put on the back burner of history for fear of acknowledging the truth or fending our ally, Turkey.
This resolution simply, once and for all, seeks to characterize the deliberate extermination of one and a half million Armenia’s as genocide. For the sake of commemorating every instance of genocide, so as to prevent it’s recurrence, let us adopt this resolution today and urge its prompt and final passage."
Gus Michael Bilirakis was born on February 8, 1963 in Gainesville, Florida and is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Bilirakis was elected to replace his father, Mike Bilirakis, who did not run for reelection after 23 years in the United States Congress. Before being elected to Congress, Gus Bilirakis had been a member of the Florida House of Representatives since 1998. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and is a proud member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues.
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 Americans engagement on the public policy issues facing national political leaders, both in the U.S. Congress and the White House. For more information please visit www.ancpac.org.