In debating how to respond to Will Rogers’ column on Feb. 19, “When 3
goes into 2, and my drug use,” we were tempted to heed numerous calls
from members of the Armenian community who gave us earfuls of vitriol
at what was written, most of which would not be permitted in print.
Fortunately, the Armenian National Committee does not
indiscriminately endorse any opinion or platform from all "-ian’s”
and we were actually pleased to have such a revered columnist give
our endorsements the prime real estate of the sought-after space in
But to set the record straight for a second -- we just want to
assure everyone that we don’t make endorsements based on a shared
appetite for shish kebabs and hummus -- every candidate, Armenian or
not, is equally considered in any election in which we are involved.
Second, we are sorry to have caused such puzzlement as to why we’ve
endorsed three candidates for two seats in the Burbank City Council
primaries. If Will has ever been invited to an Armenian dinner he
would know there is never just one main course served -- “excessive”
is one way to look at it. But in the case of the Burbank primaries,
we would [have been] happy to see any of the three candidates we
endorsed -- Jef Vander Borght, Gary Bric and Vahe Hovanessian -- move
on to the runoffs in April, where four candidates advance.
To further alleviate confusion on the “who” and the “what” of the
ANC -- our organization is not only part of the largest Armenian
grass-roots organization worldwide, it has the broadest base of
grass-roots support locally in the Armenian community. As for the
message left on our machine hours before the article was printed even
though the press release has been issued for a month, we sincerely
apologize for not returning the call immediately. We were overloaded
with calls from the community with questions on voter information.
Chairman, Armenian National
Committee of Burbank