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Florida Armenians Endorsed Candidate Wins on Election Night

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Boca Raton Mayor-Elect Scott Singer with Florida Armenians Editor Taniel S. Koushakjian at the Singer Victory Party on Election Night.

By Editorial Board

In the City of Boca Raton special election that took place on Tuesday, August 28th, Florida Armenians endorsed candidate for Mayor, Scott Singer, overwhelmingly won his election against challenger Al Zucaro, 63.5% to 33.5%. Singer has been a great friend of the Armenian American community in Boca Raton for many years.

In the three-way race to succeed Singer on the Boca Raton City Council, attorney Andy Thomson defeated his two opponents, capturing 44.15% of the vote. This race was too close to call on Election Night, with Thomson down the majority of the night. A hand recount was ordered by the Boca Raton Supervisor of Elections, which saw Thomson, who was down by 3 votes, prevail by 33 votes when all was said and done.

Florida Armenians congratulate Mayor Scott Singer and Councilman Andy Thomson on their election victories and we look forward to working with them on the important issues facing their Armenian American constituents in Boca Raton.

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Fox News’ Devastating Attack On Turkey, President Erdogan

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Lisa Kennedy Montgomery of Fox News Business

By Harut Sassounian As the conflict between Turkey and United States is heating up, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is too stupid to realize that by continuing to hold American Pastor Andrew Brunson on trumped-up charges, he is undermining Turkey’s economy and its membership in NATO. Any other intelligent Turkish leader would have released Pastor Brunson a long time ago and maintained military and trade relations with the United States. Even though the Turkish government is paying millions of dollars a year to hire high-powered American lobbying and public relations firms, none of them can protect Turkey’s reputation from Erdogan’s erratic behavior. Every time he opens his mouth and takes an inept action, Erdogan further damages Turkey’s relations with other countries, reminding the world and reinforcing the long-established image of the “Barbarian Turk.” Here is an example of the negative PR generated by Erdogan against his own country in the American media. Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery on Fox News Business TV, President Trump’s favorite channel, delivered the following devastating attack against Pres. Erdogan on August 16, 2018. In addition to millions of Americans who watched her commentary on TV, 662,000 others saw it on Facebook and many more on Twitter. Kennedy even mentioned the Armenian Genocide, as a way of getting back at Turkey. “How do I despise thee Erdogan? Let me count the ways. The Turkish president is putting his country in a diplomatic pickle by refusing to free an American Pastor over ‘terrorism charges.’ The fake crime is a bunch of hot malarkey, a rancid plate of Turkish non-delight; and although Erdogan has been concentrating his power to fake elections, imprisoning journalists, and purging academics, he didn’t bet that he would be strong-armed by another strong man. Our president has had it up to his eyeballs with Turkey trolling, and instead of empty words, President Trump is offering a full-throttled digital slap to Erdogan, tweeting: ‘I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!’” Kennedy continued her criticism by stating: “When were they [relations with Turkey] ever good? The Turkish government is a disgrace, and past administrations have either coddled them or sat idly by while they’ve rolled out the welcome mat and threw the door open for ISIS, all while cozying up to Russia. This is not our strategic partner. This is a corrupt, murderous regime that should be kicked out of NATO for a host of human rights violations, not to mention deep kissing the Russians who are supposedly the biggest regional threat. Now, sure, there have been counter-threats. Now Erdogan is saying he will pull the iPhone off the market as if the people there can use the device to mobilize, enrich themselves or seek freedom from a murderous regime that wants total control, and is willing to tank the global economy to prove a childish point! And while we are at it, and while the president [Trump] is hot under the collar, if he really wants to make his new party pal Kim Kardashian happy, he should officially, and once and for all, acknowledge the Armenian Genocide which was not ‘an issue’ or ‘a series of unfortunate events,’ but a cold-blooded slaughter of 1.5 million people whose memory will not be erased by any Napoleonic nincompoop. Release Pastor Andrew Brunson, President Erdogan, and fear [Pres. Trump’s National Security Advisor John R. Bolton’s] mustache [as] Bolton is mongering, so for the sake of world peace put up and shut up so you don’t get blown up!” To make matters worse for Erdogan, President Trump told American journalists on August 17, 2018: “Turkey has been a problem for a long time. They have not acted as a friend. We will see what happens. They have a wonderful Christian pastor. He is a wonderful man, Pastor Brunson. They made this phony charge that he is a spy, and he is not a spy. He is going through a trial right now, if you call it a ‘trial.’ They should have given him back a long time ago. And Turkey has, in my opinion, acted very, very badly. So we have not seen the last of that. We are not going to take it sitting down. They can’t take our people. So you will see what happens!” Before Armenians get too impressed with President Trump’s threatening words, they must remember that despite Turkey’s anti-U.S. and anti-NATO policies for several decades, the West has kept heaping praises on Turkish leaders. No one in the West has had the guts to put Turkey in its place. If tomorrow, the unpredictable Erdogan releases Pastor Brunson, I am afraid President Trump will start praising Erdogan once again, as he has done with Kim Jong Un of North Korea and Vladimir Putin of Russia. Pres. Trump should not forget that in addition to holding Pastor Brunson, Turkey invaded and occupied Northern Cyprus in 1974, banned the crossing of American troops into Northern Iraq from Turkey during the Iraq War, attacked the Kurdish allies of the United States in Northern Syria, is planning to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system contrary to NATO’s admonition, helped circumvent U.S. sanctions on Iran, and supported the entry of ISIS terrorists to Syria from Turkey. Even after Pastor Brunson is liberated, Turkey should not be forgiven for its many indiscretions. As numerous analysts have recently suggested, Turkey should be immediately kicked out of NATO.

Endorsements: Boca Raton Special Election 2018

Florida Armenians is pleased to announce our endorsements for the City of Boca Raton Special Election that will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

For Mayor of Boca Raton: Scott Singer

For Boca Raton City Council Seat A: Kathy Cottrell

BACKGROUND

Scott Singer

Scott Singer has served on the Boca Raton City Council since first being elected in 2014. In 2017, Florida Armenians was proud to endorse his successful re-election campaign. Singer’s involvement in the city is deep, where he sits on numerous boards and is involved with several community organizations. Of particular concern to Armenian American residents in Boca Raton, Mr. Singer has been a strong advocate for human rights and Armenian Genocide recognition. He has supported numerous resolutions in City Hall commemorating the Armenian Genocide and has attended Armenian community events at St. David Armenian Church in Boca Raton and throughout the city. Therefore, Florida Armenians is proud to support Scott Singer for Mayor of Boca Raton.

To learn more about Mr. Singer please click here.

Kathy Cottrell

Although new to politics, Mrs. Cottrell has been actively engaged in Boca Raton community and civic affairs. A Boca Raton native, she has sat on city boards and consulted with Fortune 500 companies. Given her deep roots to Boca Raton and the community, and her education and professional background, Florida Armenians is proud to endorse Mrs. Cottrell for Boca Raton City Council Seat A.

To learn more about Mrs. Cottrell please click here.

SPECIAL ELECTION

Following the suspension of Mayor Susan Haynie in April of this year, a special election to fill her seat was immediately scheduled for August 28, 2018, to coincide with the State of Florida’s Primary Election Day. In accordance with Florida’s new “resign to run” law, Scott Singer, who sat on the City Council at the time of Haynie’s suspension, resigned from city council to run for mayor to replace Haynie. That opened his seat for election, Seat A, which will also be decided tomorrow.

For more information about the City of Boca Raton municipal elections, please click here.