LOS ANGELES–The Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) has officially endorsed the campaign of Democrat Marcy Winograd, who is challenging genocide denier Jane Harman in a primary race next year in California’s 36th Congressional District.
Unlike Harman, Winograd has pledged her full support on a variety of issues important to her prospective Armenian American constituents. Jane Harman made national headlines two years ago 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 covers a portion of the South Bay in Los Angeles County, including the cities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, El Segundo and Venice.
“We are proud to be endorsing somebody who is honest and smart,” remarked South Bay activist Shant Baboujian. “Marcy Winograd is a model citizen. The Armenian American community looks forward to making her Congresswoman Winograd,” added Baboujian.
On October 11, 2009 a number of Armenian American leaders in the 36th Congressional District met with Marcy Winograd in
Torrance, California. The meeting provided an opportunity for community members to interact with Winograd and learn about her positions on issues ranging from education, healthcare and foreign policy matters.
Winograd will be challenging Jane Harman in the Democratic Party primary slated to be held on June 8, 2010. Winograd challenged Harman in 2006 and gave the incumbent a strong run, despite being dramatically outspent by Harman, who is one of the richest members of the U.S. Congress. Winograd is the co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Progressive Democrats of America.
Winograd has strongly endorsed the Armenian Genocide resolution pending in the 111th Congress. She has stated, for the record, “I will not only co-sponsor a resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide, I will work to bring other lawmakers on board as co-sponsors. History should never be revised to suit the needs of current geopolitical considerations; to rewrite history or to deny genocide not only insults the victims and their families, but suggests we are doomed to repeat the same crimes of ethnic cleansing and mass murder because we never fully explore the root causes of genocide.” Winograd has also expressed her clear support for continued U.S. developmental and humanitarian aid to Nagorno-Karabagh. She believes that the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabagh deserve the support of the United States. She also believes that the United States must intervene in Nagorno-Karabagh to ensure the safety and security of Armenians. Lastly, she believes in the right of self-determination for the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabagh.
The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support political candidates who share the values of the Armenian American community. For more information, you may logon to www.ancpac.org.