WASHINGTON–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) announced its endorsements of Governor Deval Patrick for governor and Steve Grossman for treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Patrick has been an outspoken supporter of Armenian issues and has committed himself to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, while Grossman has committed himself to promoting trade between Massachusetts and Armenia if elected.
Patrick’s support was instrumental in overcoming opposition and moving forward with the planned Armenian Heritage Park for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, where he joined His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, Armenian American citizens and city and commonwealth officials to celebrate the ground-breaking on Sept. 9. “He has been an outspoken supporter of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and has been a good friend to our community,” stated ANCA Massachusetts activist Ara Nazarian.
Governor Patrick has served on numerous charitable and corporate boards, as well as the Federal Election Reform Commission under Presidents Carter and Ford, and as vice chair of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Council by appointment of Governor Weld.
In regards to Grossman, Nazarian explained, “When the Anti Defamation League was confronted with its lobbying against the Armenian Genocide Resolution in Congress, Steve [Grossman] was one of the highest profile members of the Jewish community who publicly called ADL director Abe Foxman to account and demanded that the organization reverse its unconscionable position.” In a statement to the ANCA, Grossman pledged to continue the fight to end the ADL’s genocide denial and to use the “bully pulpit” of the treasurer’s office to press Congress to pass the genocide resolution.
Steve Grossman is chairman of Grossman Marketing Group in Somerville, a leading figure in numerous charitable organizations, and a long-time political activist. He has served as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and the Massachusetts Democratic Party.