Political Action Committee (AAPAC) Press Release
Arab Americans endorse
Senator Kerry for President
October 5, 2004 - Please release immediately
Contact: Abed Hammoud at 313.303.0427 Or Osama Siblani at 313.582.4888
DEARBORN – The Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC) tonight
endorsed the Kerry/Edwards ticket in the 2004 Presidential election.
The general membership of the group met here and debated their slate of
candidates for two hours before releasing their endorsements, which
include candidates for offices ranging from president to local school
“We believe Senator Kerry will make America stronger, safer and more
respected throughout the world,” said AAPAC President Abed Hammoud.
“AAPAC endorsed George W. Bush four years ago.
Members of our community have strongly expressed their dissatisfaction
with his policies. With respect to civil rights and foreign policy, we
hope Senator Kerry will change the course the Bush administration has
put America on.”
“We played a role in electing George Bush and we will play a major role
in unseating him,” said Osama Siblani, immediate past president of the
group. “He has shaken the very foundations of this country with his
assault on civil rights. And no one knows better than Arab Americans
how negatively the Arab and Muslim worlds view the United States right
now. That has to change if we are to have a peaceful, prosperous
future.” Siblani added
The endorsement process is a lengthy one, and involved interviews and
meetings with prospective candidates or their representatives. Kerry
advocate and New Hampshire campaign chair Judge Billy Shaheen, an Arab
American, along with members of Kerry’s Michigan team, met with AAPAC
officials on Saturday, October 2, 2004.
AAPAC leaders said they will now turn their attention to intensive
campaigning for their slate of candidates in the nation’s largest Arab
“The Arab American community is ready to work with the Kerry/Edwards
campaign to get out the vote for Kerry in this very important state and
ensure victory in the race for President,” Hammoud said.
AAPAC, an independent political action committee, was founded in 1998.
To view the complete set of endorsements, visit.www.aapac.org.