Philadelphia (Aug. 2)
William S. Vare, Pennsylvania member of the Republican National Committee, was called upon today to dissociate himself from the action of the National Republican Committee in elevating Louis T. McFadden, anti-Semitic Congressman, to the position of leadership.
In a letter to Vare, William B. Leaf, chairman of the Council of the American Jewish Congress, Philadelphia, said: “Your liberal attitude to the various racial groups constituting the American people is such as to justify our asking you as national committeeman from this State to dissociate yourself from any part in this offensive action on the part of the Republican leadership. May we also ask you to take whatever steps you deem desirable to eliminate this objectionable character from the position of spokesman for the national Republican campaign.”
Leaf also referred to the “malicious libels levelled against our people in the form of addresses delivered from the floor of the United States Congress, where he (McFadden) was enjoying the immunity vouchsafed every member of the House by the Constitution.”
McFadden’s addresses, Leaf declared, have done “irreparable harm to our people.” A special meeting of the Philadelphia Council of the American Jewish Congress has been called for Monday evening where further action will be planned.