For the Armenian-American community party affiliation of candidates for Congress is not so important as protection of interests of the community and Armenia as a whole

Running for this election are the same lawmakers from California and other states, thanks to whom America learnt about the Armenian Genocide, Artsakh, and the problems of modern Armenia.

According to the Constitution, congressional elections are held near the midpoint of the four-year presidential term. The House of Representatives elections, and especially the Senate elections, open the way to the Capitol – the dearest wish of any American politician, especially a senator. On this long run very important it is to have the support of a strong group of voters or, at best, that of a strong lobby.

PanARMENIAN.Net - It has so happened that almost one-third of the U.S. lawmakers are associated with the Armenian lobby. Running for this election are the same lawmakers from California and other states, thanks to whom America learnt about the Armenian Genocide, Artsakh, and the problems of modern Armenia. Among them are Senators Barbara Boxer of California and Robert Menendez of New Jersey. According to Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Aram Hamparian, Senator Barbara Boxer has been supporting the Armenian community of California for 30 years, and the community has always reciprocated her affection. Boxer is known for her adherence to principles and commitment to justice and humanism. This is why the Armenian community of California is going to support Senator Boxer in this midterm election, especially for her consistency in recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the aid rendered to Armenia and the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh. According to some calculations, the number of Boxer’s supporters among the Armenian community members is 60-70%. One of the major Armenian organizations, the Armenian Council of America (ACA), has already announced about its support for the candidacy of Barbara Boxer. “Senator Boxer is a loyal friend to the American Armenians and has always stood for the regulation of their problems, in particular the adoption of the Armenian Genocide resolution in Congress. Barbara Boxer has been to Armenia and is struggling against the Armenian blockade by Turkey,” ACA members say about Boxer.

On 2 November 2010, 435 members of the House of Representatives and 37 Senators will be elected in the midterm elections of the U.S. Congress. These elections will be the most expensive ever held in this country. According to the estimations of the analytical organization Center for Responsive Politics, a total of $3.4 billion will be spent on campaigning by the candidates. By the way, contributions in the campaign are not limited, but any contribution, even in the form of $1 must be reported.

But let us revert to the “Armenian” candidates. According to Aram Hamparian, the Armenian-American community, numbering one and a half million out of which 1 million have the right to vote, support candidates to the House of Representatives and Senate, regardless of their party affiliation. “For the Armenian-American community most important is protection of the interests of the community and Armenia as a whole. In the upcoming elections on November 2, we have 160 candidates in all states. Armenians of the U.S. are always active in voting, and the upcoming elections are no exception. Approximately 75% of representatives of the community take part in the elections across America,” Hamparian said.

It can be said that the Armenian community supports not only Democrats, what has already become a tradition, but also Republicans. After all, coming to power, Democrats did not call it a “genocide” the massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. But Republican Ronald Reagan did...

Karine Ter-Sahakyan / PanARMENIAN News
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