On stationery of the Republican National Committee, in a circular letter to the Republican ladies of Virginia, signed by National Committeewoman Mrs. Willie W. Caldwell, appeared the phrase: "... Romanized and rum-ridden. . . ."
Nominee Hoover spoke out: "Whether this letter is authentic or a forgery,* it does violence to every instinct that I possess. I resent and repudiate it.
"I cannot fully express my indignation at such circulars. Nor can I reiterate too strongly that religious questions have no part in this campaign. . . .
"I have repeatedly stated that neither I nor the Republican Party want support on that basis....