When the list of Jews compiled by Malek was revealed in 1988, leading to his resignation from the leadership of that year’s Republican National Convention, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times gathered comment from the Anti-Defamation League:
But at least one leader of a major Jewish organization, minimized the incident. Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, described it as ‘’ancient history'’ and said that he did not think that Mr. Malek should have to resign.
‘’As a result of his public statements and some he has made privately, I think it is sufficiently clear that he did not do it with animus, bigotry or prejudice in his heart or mind,'’ Mr. Foxman said. He added that Mr. Malek was merely ‘’carrying out the instructions of an individual who had some of those feelings.'’
Then-Congressmen Charles Schumer and Barney Frank were far more critical.
Another player was the recently-deceased Max Fisher, who in ‘88 was the honorary chairman of Bush’s National Jewish Campaign Committeed. He told Dowd “he had known Mr. Malek since the 1972 Nixon campaign and that there was ‘not a bit of bias in the man at all.’”