By Thomas C. Nash
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Elections Commission voted to reprimand David Krikorian on Thursday, October 1, for making false statements relating to a 2008 congressional election campaign in which he alleged his opponent took “blood money” to deny the Armenian Genocide.
Rep. Jean Schmidt, a Republican who represents Ohio’s second district, filed false-claims charges against Krikorian in April, shortly after he announced he would run for the seat as a Democrat in 2010.
In the 2008 election season, Krikorian, in some campaign literature, had accused Schmidt of taking “blood money” to “deny the genocide of Christian Armenians by Muslim Turks” as a co-chair of the Caucus on US Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans.
Just before the election, candidate Krikorian, who then was running as an independent, wrote, “The people of Ohio’s second district will, if they elect [Schmidt] on November 4th, condone her denial of the Genocide of 1.5 million Christians. And, in so doing, be guilty of a crime against humanity as the cover-up is just as bad as the crime.”