he said, “they haven’t communicated them to us.”
Asked whether his society would accept advances pointing toward cooperative action, Leyendecker said:
“No matter what they do, I think we’ll probably go on as we have in the past.”
Nazification of the German-American Conference last May brought into the organization new elements of leadership which transformed it from an ostensibly cultural and social brotherhood into a clique with loftier ambitions and with aspirations toward political power, Leyendecker explained.
“On the other hand,” he said, “we always have been political and civic in our aims. Our work has been principally educational, of course. We’ve never been much interested in putting up candidates of our own.”
During his last campaign for the Governorship, Herbert H. Lehman received the Steuben endorsement, Leyendecker pointed out. Asked whether the organization is likely to support him again, he replied:
“I really can’t say. That remains to be seen, when we hold our conference in October.”