Philadelphia (Aug. 5)
United States Senator David A. Reed of Pennsylvania in a letter to Nathan Fleisher, editor and publisher of the Philadelphia Jewish World, today denied he had anything to do with the choice of Louis T. McFadden, anti-Semitic Congressman, as radio keynoter for the coming Republican election campaign.
Senator Reed also emphatically denied allegations that he shared the anti-Semitic viewpoint of McFadden, saying that “nothing could be farther from the truth.”
“Naturally all Republican candidates for all Pennsylvania offices have my support,” Senator Reed declared, “but this does not mean that I subscribe to their views on all questions. Certainly this does not mean that I concur in Mr. McFadden’s views with reference to the Jewish race. On the contrary I deplore the introduction of any racial, factional or religious prejudice into politics.
“I equally deplore as un-American and uncivilized measures directed against any racial or religious group. I have said many times publicly and privately that I regard the religious and racial elements in the program of Chancellor Hitler as a reversion to the barbarism of the Middle Ages and as a blot upon European civilization. No one is more conscious than I am of the many fine contributions Jews have made to the work of world progress and to the development of our own country. Any unbiased person can see from the most superficial examination of my record that I am not only not unfriendly to the Jews, but that I have sought their counsel and welcomed their advice and that I have recommended prominent Jews for public office.”