On the eve of election, New York Jewry hastened to destroy an attempt that had been made to inject the “Jewish question” into the campaign. Through a full-page advertisement mysteriously inserted into “The Day”, a Jewish newspaper, an attempt was made to paint Charles H. Tuttle, Republican candidate for Governor, as an “anti-Semite.”
The “proof” of his “anti-Semitism” was an excerpt from a case in the Municipal court 23 years ago, in which Mr. Tuttle acted as a lawyer defending a hotel which had refused to admit a Jew as a client.
As soon as the advertisement appeared, statements were issued by Jewish leaders deploring the last-minute attempt to rouse so unworthy an issue. It was pointed out that Mr. Tuttle is a director of the Jewish Memorial hospital, and that many Jews have been in his employ.
Felix Warburg, James N. Rosenberg, and James Marshall, son of the late Louis Marshall, were among those deploring the attack on Mr. Tuttle. Samuel Untermyer, political opponent of Mr. Tuttle, said, “In the first place there is no such thing as a Jewish vote, except in the imagination of bigoted, ill-informed people. Whatever else may be said of Mr. Tuttle, he is not an anti-Semite.”