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Op-Ed: Support Dean Scontras for Congress
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nick Larigakis
September 23, 2010—No. 60 (202) 785-8430

Op-Ed: Support Dean Scontras for Congress

WASHINGTON, DC—The following Op-Ed by AHI Founder Gene Rossides appeared in The Hellenic Voice 9-8-10, the Greek News 9-5-10, and the Hellenic News of America 8-28-10.

Op-Ed

Support Dean Scontras for Congress

By Gene Rossides
August 28, 2010

An outstanding Greek American, Dean Scontras, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine’s 1st Congressional District.

Dean, a Republican, has the full backing of Maine’s Republican Party and its two Republican Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. This is very important because it enables him to concentrate all his efforts on winning and becoming another Greek American in Congress.

However Dean needs our financial support now to provide the resources for the final and crucial two months of the campaign.

I am a Republican who supports Greek Americans for Congress whether they are Democrats or Republicans as long as they support our issues as in the best interests off the U.S.

I urge all Greek Americans, Democrats, Republicans and Independents to support Dean Scontras for Congress because of his outstanding background and his strong support of our issues.

Dean understands our unique heritage and culture. In Congress, Dean will lend another strong voice in support of the issues important to our community. He will be a relentless advocate on issues affecting U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus, and will fight to achieve their successful resolution.

On the issues Dean calls for:

  1. the removal of all illegal Turkish troops from Cyprus and support of UN General Assembly Res. 3212 of November 1, 1974 which calls for the removal of all Turkish troops from Cyprus. It was endorsed by UN Security Council Res. 365 passed December 13, 1974;
  2. the return to Turkey of the estimated 180,000 illegal colonists/settlers from Turkey in the occupied north of Cyprus;
  3. the immediate halt to Turkey’s provocative actions in the Aegean and Greek airspace;
  4. the State Department to publicly proclaim the maritime boundary in the Aegean between Greece and Turkey as set forth in binding treaties including the Paris Peace Treaty of 1947 of which the U.S. is a signatory;
  5. full religious freedom for the Eastern Orthodox Church, the safeguarding of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its personnel and property, and return of the 7,000 properties illegally taken; and
  6. FYROM to stop its irredentist propaganda against Greece, to negotiate in good faith with Greece to resolve the name dispute and if FYROM fails to negotiate in good faith to urge the U.S. to withdraw recognition of the name Macedonia and return to the name FYROM.

Dean grew up in Maine’s 1st District where he was a standout student athlete. He went to the University of Maine on a scholarship. He graduated in 1991 with a degree in public policy and political science and continued his education at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

He then pursued a career in business. Dean has real world business experience in two very important sectors of the economy—technology and energy. He was a successful network and internet security technology executive throughout much of the 1990’s. He helped many organizations, public and private, to implement high-speed networking and security technologies.

More recently, Dean started his own renewable and alternate energy company in Maine. The company has successfully sought out wind farm locations throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

His grandparents came from the Peloponnese region of Greece in the early 1900’s opening shoe stores in Newport, RI and New Orchard Beach, Maine. His father and uncle fought in World War II and subsequently prospered in the American economy.

He believes that Greek Americans have much to contribute to the modern American political landscape. As a third generation Greek American Dean would like to serve as an example to his generation by his involvement in the political process.

“My parents instilled me with a strong sense of pride in my Greek heritage. That pride extends to the long-standing tradition of Greek Americans who get involved in the political process. America has, more than any other nation it the world, carried the torch of democracy that was lit centuries ago by the Greeks. The ideas and values of Greeks are wholly consistent with American political values. I see the American system as a continuation of what our Greek ancestors began long ago,” stated Scontras.

Dean is a strong family person who grew up with four brothers and two sisters. He was the youngest of seven. Dean is married and resides in Eliot, Maine with his wife Dawn and their two children, Jack and Zoe.

Dean needs our financial assistance immediately to help his campaign achieve success. He needs to raise 100,000 in September for critical media advertising. Senator Olympia Snowe has sponsored a fundraising letter for Dean and she and Senator Susan Collins are working hard on his behalf.

Each individual may contribute up to $2,400 which will give Dean the momentum he will need as he campaigns through these crucial last two months leading to Election Day.

An immediate financial contribution of $2,400, $1,000, $500, $250, or the most you can give will be the money Dean needs in these final two months.

This is an opportunity we should not pass up. Greek Americans who have risen to success in business and the professions must help others rise within the government. A contribution in support of Dean Scontras for Congress is a contribution in support of the next generation of Greek American leaders. If we are to achieve our political goals in the interest of the United States, we must step up and financially support a candidate from a district without a substantial Greek American population.

Please make your contribution check payable to Scontras for Congress 2010 and mail it to PO Box 385, York, ME 03909. For secure on-line contributions go to Dean’s campaign website at www.scontras2010.com

Please give today. You can make a difference.

Gene Rossides is founder of the American Hellenic Institute and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

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