Grow Tallahassee PAC Chairman Denies Armenian Genocide, Citing Hitler
Dianne Williams-Cox Campaign Manager and Leader of Grow Tallahassee Goes on Five Hour Long Twitter Tirade, Denies Armenian Genocide, Attacks Our Tallahassee Reporting About His Land Deal, Deletes Account.
By Max Herrle
A Product of Our Tallahassee
July 25th, 2022
“Hitler quote perfectly suits in this category. Supposedly, Hitler stated that: “After all, who remembers the annihilation of the Armenians” which is always used by Armenian propagandist in order to prove that the relocation was genocide.”
-Bugra Demirel, Chairman of Grow Tallahassee PAC, Dianne William-Cox’s Campaign Manager.
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The Back Story
Essentially, two precipitating incidents unfolded over the past ten days, one, our reporting of Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox’s official votes to award Demirel $560,000 showing overlapping timelines with her own endorsement by Grow Tallahassee, as well as a recording of Williams-Cox meeting with the group from January.
Adding to the mix, Jeff VanderMeer published a blog post on his website which commented on what he viewed as a “systems problem” with Grow Tallahassee, 4 Tallahassee, and the local Chamber of Commerce.
Bugra Demirel, the listed Treasurer of Grow Tallahassee, who is also the Chairman of the Grow Tallahassee Political Committee went on a four-hour long Twitter rant yesterday that ended in deleted tweets and deleting his Twitter account.
Demirel is deeply involved in the 2022 local elections and has operated as Williams-Cox’s campaign manager for the past several months, including during a critical period for his SoMo Walls project, which recently received $560,000 in CRA dollars. Last week, Our Tallahassee released an article that highlighted the highly questionable intersections of official government action, Williams-Cox’s own endorsement by Grow Tallahassee, as well as the at least two votes leading to Demirel receiving sign-off on a $560,000 construction grant.
Demirel has threatened to sue Our Tallahassee as a result of our reporting. Demirel offered a list of extra-factual items he wanted to change in our story, Our Tallahassee did not succumb to his demands because we don’t work for developers. We don’t change our stories when they ask.
Our Tallahassee stands by our reporting and we are proud to have led in this story locally which continues to expand locally.
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The Armenian Genocide is recognized by the United States. The Armenian Genocide was the systematic destruction of the Armenian people and identity in the Ottoman Empire during World War I, which killed between 600,000-1,500,000 Armenians.
The article that VanderMeer is referencing is a genocide denialist blog that Demirel has written at least three articles on.
- “Official position of Armenian Diaspora is to call the issue as “Genocide” and demand reparations from Turkish government which is around 240 billion dollars or eastern provinces of Turkey. On the other hand, Turkish side wants to debate on the issue with historical facts and documents.”
- “Hitler quote perfectly suits in this category. Supposedly, Hitler stated that: “After all, who remembers the annihilation of the Armenians” which is always used by Armenian propagandist in order to prove that the relocation was genocide.”
- “This is commonly used by Armenian propagandist in order to create negative public opinion over Turkish society. In that case, they point out the human rights violations and development process in modern day Turkey and try to attack arguer instead of the argument. The purpose is to create vision of “Innocent Armenians” by promoting religious propaganda and “Barbarian Turks” based on domestic political actions of Turkish Republic.”
- “Today, the Armenian Diaspora runs its propaganda over undependable grandma diaries and stories. It’s not hard to imagine that, Turks also have such diaries and stories about the Armenian massacres of Turks. Testimonies as such do not prove genocide, but only prove massacres, and such massacres are already accepted by the Turkish government and historians to have incidents of numerous mutual massacres between Armenians and Turks.
All six candidates were photographed just five days ago addressing Grow Tallahassee on their Facebook page (images partially included here under fair use). Our Tallahassee released a portion of David Bellamy’s speech, where he warned of a “progressive movement” in Tallahassee.
Why We’re Including The Politicians
We are choosing to include the six politicians which are endorsed by Grow Tallahassee. None of the six politicians have denounced Grow Tallahassee or the support that they will soon be dumping into their political campaigns for re-election.
As recently as last week, all six of them spoke at a Grow Tallahassee “Meet the Endorsed Candidate” event. They have shared Grow Tallahassee’s content, coordinated their campaigns with Grow Tallahassee and Demirel directly, and are partners in their efforts to be re-elected. All four incumbent Commissioners voted yes on the $27,000,000 Doak Campbell Stadium deal, who lobbied for the deal with the Seminole Boosters. All of them have taken thousands in campaign contributions from those in senior leadership at the FSU Board of Trustees and Seminole Boosters.
Former Seminole Boosters CEO/Vice President of Athletics Michael Alford was at Grow Tallahassee PAC Fundraiser Grow Tallahassee Last Month.
Grow Tallahassee Lobbied for $27,000,000 Luxury Skybox Seating at Doak Campbell Stadium with Leon County Sales Tax Dollars.
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About the Author
Max Herrle is a North Florida public strategy consultant spanning multiple disciplines. His Leon County local advocacy has been around walkable cities, creating a vibrant downtown and protecting our existing neighborhoods against development special interests.
In local government, Herrle has worked with neighborhoods and issue advocacy campaigns across Leon County to fight for their voices to be heard in a city hall not meant for them. A lifelong Tallahassee resident, he grew up on Buck Lake Road and lives in Tallahassee’s Downtown. Herrle is a writer for OurTallahassee.com, a reform-minded media outlet that hopes to empower people in Leon County to work towards a more just community for us all.