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Dark Horse Sues Elections Commission

CLEVELAND (CN) - A dark horse running for Congress sued the Ohio Elections Commission, claiming it unfairly reprimanded him for accusing the incumbent of taking "blood money from Turkish government sponsored political action committees ... in exchange for helping them to cover up the mass murder of 1.5 million Christians" in the World War I Armenian genocide.

Plaintiff David Krikorian came in third in the 2008 election, behind incumbent Jean Schmidt, a Democrat, and her Republican opponent. Kirkorian posted the statement at issue about Schmidt two days before the election.

Schmidt complained to the state Elections Commission, which, after a fairly lengthy process, reprimanded Krikorian.

Krikorian says he's running again this year. He seeks declaratory judgment that his comments are protected speech.

He is represented in Federal Court by Scott Simpkins.


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