An aide to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersEx-Arizona governor: Hispanic Dems 'don’t get out and vote' Emails show Clinton camp's plans to work with writers to hit Sanders Small donors aren’t revolutionizing Congress. At least not yet. MORE said Thursday evening that rival Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump to lay out first 100 days in Gettysburg speech GOP senator: Dems making ‘concerted effort to produce fraudulent votes’ Trump touts Navy expansion proposal in Pa. MORE "should be ashamed" of her association with longtime ally David Brock.
Brock, who heads several groups supporting Clinton's bid, slammed a new ad
from Sanders on Thursday and accused the Vermont senator of not caring about black people.
Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs issued a scathing statement directed at Brock's comments and stressed that Sanders has "one of the strongest civil rights records in Congress."
"He doesn’t need lectures on civil rights and racial issues from David Brock, the head of a Hillary Clinton super PAC," Briggs said in the statement.
"Twenty-five years ago it was Brock — a mud-slinging, right-wing extremist — who tried to destroy Anita Hill, a distinguished African-American law professor," the Sanders spokesman continued, referring to Brock in 2001 disavowing a book
he had written attacking the woman who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
"He later was forced to apologize for his lies about her. Today, he is lying about Sen. Sanders," Briggs said.
Briggs slammed Clinton for hiring "a mudslinger like David Brock," adding: "She should be ashamed of her association with Brock."
Brock had remarked to The Associated Press earlier in the day that a new Sanders ad depicting overwhelmingly white supporters was a "significant slight to the Democratic base."
"From this ad it seems black lives don't matter much to Bernie Sanders," Brock told the AP of the ad, which optimistically showed large crowds applauding Sanders to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "America."
Clinton is seeking to fend off an upset by Sanders in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, where ballots will be cast in early February and polls indicate a close race.