By Thomas C. Nash
COLUMBUS, Ohio — New details continue to emerge in the lead-up to the scheduled September 3 hearing in a case pitting US Rep. Jean Schmidt against an Armenian-American opponent who claims she took “blood money” in exchange for efforts to deny the Armenian Genocide.
Schmidt gave a deposition on August 24 detailing her involvement with the Congressional Caucus on Turkey and Turkish Americans, of which she is a co-chair, in preparation for an Ohio Elections Commission hearing on her complaint that David Krikorian falsely accused her of taking money from the Turkish government.
Schmidt, a Republican incumbant representing Ohio’s second district, initiated the case after taking issue with the Krikorian campaign’s distribution of a flier in November 2008 stating she had taken $30,000 in “blood money” to “deny the genocide of Christian Armenians by Muslim Turks.”
After winning the election, Schmidt filed false claims charges against Krikorian shortly after he announced he would seek the Democratic nomination in the 2010 election. He had run as an independent in 2008, winning 18 percent of the vote.