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Iranian-Americans endorse John Kerry for President in 2004

A group comprised of nearly seventy Iranian American dignitaries, invited by the Committee to elect John F. Kerry and spearheaded by Dr. Akbar Ghahary the CEO and proprietor of SAFAS Corp., cheerfully listened to an elaborate but favorable speech by the 19 year veteran Massachusetts Senator and presidential hopeful John Kerry at the Palisadium Grand Ballroom in Cliffside Park, NJ on Wednesday, July 16.

Senator Kerry articulated his vision for America and how the aspirations and concerns of the Iranian-American Community, not only in regards to their lives in the US, but also with respect to their motherland could be realized in the context of the national agenda. John Kerry did come across as genuinely well informed about the issues faced by the Community, i.e., backlash following the September 11, and the process of democratic and sociopolitical reforms in Iran. Mr. Kerry reminisced with fine memories about one of his sister who taught at the International School in Tehran right before the revolution in 1979.

When asked, Dr. Ghahary stated that after having reviewed the visions, qualifications and track records of all presidential candidates, many in our community have concluded John Kerry to be the most manifestly qualified candidate who merits our collective and individual financial and intellectual support.

It was noteworthy to identify among the participants in the dinner banquets some influential Iranian American Republicans--some of whom had even been promised Ambassadorship positions--who have now turned to the democratic candidates for the White House; there were prominent republican Iranian Americans in the audience such as Mr. Bagher R. Harand who have thrown their support behind Kerry. In fact, there is presumably a nationwide growing movement, Republicans for John Kerry to be reckoned with in the upcoming election.

A petition drive to articulate the merit, need and ways to support John Kerry for President is under development and will be announced shortly.

Reported by D. Rahni (

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