GLENDALE, CA–The Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee issued an announcement late last week on the upcoming mid-term Congressional elections, slated for November 2, describing it as an Armenian-American referendum on President Barack Obama’s broken pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide. We present the complete text of the statement below.
May 27, 2010
As we approach what promises to be among the most competitive mid-term Congressional elections in recent memory, it’s increasingly clear to the Armenian National Committee PAC (ANC-PAC) and all Armenian American leadership groups that voters of Armenian heritage see November 2nd, first and foremost, as a referendum on President Obama’s broken pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
There is today, among Armenian Americans at the leadership and grassroots levels, a growing sense of anger at having been lied to by the President and, fairly or unfairly, an equally strong feeling of frustration with a Democratic Congress whose leadership has failed to deliver the results it has been promising to our community for decades.
As a result, Armenian Americans are eager – perhaps more so than any other single ethnic constituency – to hold the President accountable, not only for breaking his promises or for actively opposing foreign policy issues of special concern to Armenian Americans, but also for demonstrating an open disregard for the civic participation of the very same Armenian American community that he courted so aggressively as a candidate.
Even as we encourage Armenian Americans to vote based on the actual track records of each individual candidate – Democratic or Republican – we are today operating within a strongly anti-incumbent U.S. political environment and a grassroots Armenian American constituency that is powerfully motivated to send a very direct message to Washington this November.
November 2nd will clearly be an Armenian American referendum on President Obama. How that referendum turns out – and its impact on the Congressional election – will depend on whether President Obama, in the weeks leading up to Election Day, decides to revisit his broken pledge and honor his commitments to Armenian American voters. The choice is his. We, and the community we represent, will be watching.
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.