New York is on the threshold of one of the bitterest election campaigns in its history, one charged from beginning to end with anti-Semitism in its most virulent form, it became apparent yesterday with the disclosure that a veritable flood of candidates for political office have tossed their hats into the ring on blatantly anti-Jewish platforms.
The Jewish Daily Bulletin learned exclusively yesterday that at least two candidates for Congress have opened campaigns for nomination on independent tickets, both of which are openly seeking the endorsement of the German-American Independent Voters League, of which Louis Zahne is the president, and of the German-American Conference’s political committee, which Zahne also will head.
The first is Royal Scott Gulden, real estate man, leader and organizer of the Order of ’76, a man who thinly masks his anti-Semitism behind the cloak of anti-Communism. Gulden yesterday began circulating in the Yorkville section, Manhattan’s Nazi stronghold, nominating petitions seeking the signatures of 2,000 persons.
The second is a business and fraternal associate of Gulden’s, William Ingles, who is seeking nomination in the Seventeenth Congressional District in Manhattan. Ingles requires 1,500 signatures. Gulden is running under the auspices of the Independent Party. Ingles’ name appears on a blank entitled the National Coalition Party.
Both Gulden and Ingles, who also is a leader of the Order of ’76, yesterday expressed confidence that they would receive the required number of signatures to their petitions. Both refused to divulge the source of their backing other than to say vaguely that “an American patriotic society” is sponsoring their campaign.
Although officials of the German-American Conference could not say whether the political committee which it recently organized will endorse either or both of these Congressional aspirants, it was thought extremely likely that both men will be endorsed by the committee when it holds its first meeting since organization next week.
It is considered extremely likely, also, that both candidates will receive the vociferous “heils” of Zahne’s organization. Zahne could not be reached for a statement as to the official attitude