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Connecticut Republicans Probe Possible Link to Anti-semitic Rat Finks

February 18, 1966
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The Connecticut State Republican committee disclosed today it was making an inquiry to determine whether there was any connection between Connecticut Young Republicans and a group of ultra-conservatives in New Jersey charged with anti-Semitic and racist activities.

The executive board of the Connecticut Young Republicans at the same time voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution denouncing the Rat Finks, the self-applied name of the New Jersey rightwingers. The Rat Finks are the subject of scheduled formal investigations both by senior New Jersey Republicans and the Young Republican organization in New Jersey later this month.

The resolution charged that the Rat Finks had “brought stigma, embarrassment and shame upon the Young Republicans nationally and the constituent state and local groups. ” The resolution added that the Connecticut Young Republicans Executive Committee “condemns and dissociates itself from the New Jersey Rat Finks, their members, their associates, all songs, statements and activities.”

The board also approved a committee to investigate a complaint that the “militant rightwing ideology of those who control the Young Republicans” has led to a serious decline of Republican popularity on college campuses.

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