Armenian genocide controversy lands Ohio congressional candidate in hearing before Elections Commission





The state Elections Commission agreed Thursday to hear a case far outside the typical realm of Ohio politics, one involving claims of genocide, Turkish history, U.S. foreign policy and a growing and personal political rivalry.

At issue are comments made by an Armenian-American congressional candidate during the 2008 campaign. A Republican congresswoman from Cincinnati, Jean Schmidt, claims her opponent violated election law when he accused her of being a puppet of Turkish efforts to deny that the mass killings of Armenians during World War I constituted genocide.

The commission on Thursday found probable cause that David Krikorian's statements violated election law, voting unanimously to bring the case to a full hearing.

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john richard barker - 5/16/2009

procecuted for denying jewish holocaut; persecuted for acknowledging the armenian.

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