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U.S. Azerbaijani Diaspora to take active part in November 2 midterm elections

25 October 2010 [11:25] - TODAY.AZ
Pro-Armenian candidates Barbara Boxer (Democrat, California), Michael Bennet (Democrat, Colorado), and Harry Reid (Democrat, Nevada) have a very high chance of losing the elections.
Azerbaijan’s national interests, US-Azerbaijani relations’ priorities and other factors will be the main priority of Azerbaijani-Americans during the November 2, 2010 midterm elections’ in US, APA’s Washington DC correspondent was told by Azerbaijani Diaspora members.

“We are going to take an active part in it as Azerbaijani-Americans, and more widely, as Turkic-Americans. It’s very important that we all, as US citizens of Turkic descent, take part in the elections”, says the US Azerbaijanis statement.

According to US Azerbaijanis Network, while there are no Azerbaijani-Americans running for office this cycle, there are several Turkish-American candidates in Maryland, Texas and California. The candidate who has long-standing links with the Azerbaijani-American community is Mr. Oz Bengur, whose fundraiser a member of the USAN Board of Directors has recently attended.

This year Oz is running for a State of Maryland legislature seat, and taking into account his great experience and name recognition, has very good chances of being elected as the first Turkic-American in any state legislature in US.

Besides that, the US Azerbaijanis will also oppose the election process of Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat, California), who was against Matthew Bryza’s candidacy as a US Ambassador to Azerbaijan. The Diaspora members will also oppose pro-Armenian candidates Michael Bennet (Democrat, Colorado), and Harry Reid (Democrat,Nevada).

According to the latest polls, all three above have a very high chance of losing the elections and if so, would be replaced with more neutral Senators who will be less prone to Armenian lobby’s influence.


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