"NO SUCH LETTER WAS WRITTEN; THE SIGNATURE DOESN’T EVEN LOOK LIKE THE GOVERNOR’S. IT’S A BAD FORGERY; IT ISN’T EVEN OUR LETTERHEAD."
GLENDALE–The Yerevan-based ‘Aravot’ daily newspaper published in its March 12 issue images of two letters–allegedly from California State Governor Gray Davis and US Senator Diane Feinstein–endorsing the candidacy of Stepan Demirchian for the Armenian presidency.
The governor’s alleged letter–written in awkward English–is dated February 23–2003. The letter purported to be from Senator Feinstein is dated February 21–2003.
Asbarez contacted Governor Gray Davis’s office for clarification–since it is not customary for US elected officials to endorse candidates in foreign elections.
Governor Davis’s press secretary–Steve Maviglio–reviewed the printed image of the letter allegedly written by the governor and categorically referred to it as a "total forgery–[a] total fabrication."
Astonished–Maviglio stated–"No such letter was written; the signature doesn’t even look like the governor’s. It’s a bad forgery; it isn’t even our letterhead."
Asked whether the Governor intends to take any action to investigate the source–Maviglio said "most definitely" and revealed that the issue has already been forwarded to legal counsel for review.
He added that although it is early to talk about legal action–"it’s entirely possible."
Senator Feinstein’s office has been contacted about the matter–and will be issuing a statement shortly.