By Thomas C. Nash
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The testimony from Rep. Jean Schmidt’s deposition given to opponent David Krikorian reveals a heated exchange in which she denies any link between her taking money from a Turkish American political action committee and her position on the Armenian Genocide resolution.
Schmidt, a Republican incumbent, charged Krikorian in April with making false statements during the 2008 election campaign in which he claimed Schmidt, an incumbent Republican, took “blood money” from the Turkish government in exchange for opposing the Armenian Genocide resolution.
Krikorian, an Ohio business owner running for the Democratic nomination in the 2010 House race, sought Schmidt’s deposition in order to defend himself against the charges — which were scheduled to be heard on September 3 after the Mirror-Spectator went to press.
Krikorian said Schmidt’s legal team had attempted to prevent the taping of the deposition. He added that they succeeded in getting the Ohio Elections Commission not to admit the tape into the record.
“[Schmidt] brought this complaint and I have a right to a videotape of the deposition,” Krikorian said after her testimony. “It’s not my problem that she feels her enemies might use this tape against her in the future.”