DERRY, New Hampshire—A high-level staffer of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign has demanded an apology from the Hillary for America presidential campaign for what he considers racist, inflammatory emails written by senior Clinton campaign aides.
Speaking at a press briefing held prior to a campaign rally at the Adams Memorial Opera House here yesterday, Marcus Ferrell, African-American Community Outreach Director for the Sanders campaign, told reporters he was outraged and flabbergasted to read such “scandalous babble” written by fellow Democrats.
He provided reporters copies of leaked emails that show in early January, during the lead-up to the Iowa Caucuses, some Clinton staffers were concerned if black and African-American voters in southern states holding upcoming primaries would potentially link Mr. Sanders with Colonel Sanders, the founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken empire, and vote for Mr. Sanders instead of Ms. Clinton.
Mr. Ferrell refused to reveal the source of the leaked emails.
Hillary for America campaign manager Robby Mook initiated the email exchange with an email to communications director Jennifer Palmieri that expressed a seemingly common, well-intentioned concern typical of any campaign strategist—votes.
Karen Finney, Hillary for America Strategic Communications Advisor and Senior Spokesperson, joined the thread.
There is a two-hour gap in the email thread—possibly deleted emails—before there is an email from longtime Clinton acolyte Huma Abedin.
Later Mr. Mook and Ms. Finney resumed the thread.
Almost five hours after the initiating email by Mr. Mook, an email sent by LaDavia Drane, Hillary for America African American Outreach Director, seemed to resolve Mr. Mook’s concern.
Finally, an email from Marlon Marshall, Hillary for America Director of States/Political Engagement, ended the thread.
Mr. Ferrell told reporters the campaign had tried to resolve the matter privately, but when no apology was forthcoming, they decided to make the revelation public.
He also demanded the Clinton campaign to publicly disclose any internal investigation and resolution of the “artful smear.”
“We would expect such comments from the TEApublican Party, but this vile language harkens back to the Democratic Party of George Wallace, Lester Maddox, and Ross Barnett [segregationist Deep South politicians],” said Mr. Ferrell.
Holleran N. Yellen II reports on dynamics of 2016 presidential election campaigns.