Because nothing about Anthony Weiner’s campaign for mayor is sane, of course his communications director went on a profanity-laced tirade with a Talking Points Memo reporter about a former intern.
ICYMI, here’s a link to that story, in which the comms director Barbara Morgan completely loses it over a New York Daily News tell-all cover story written by a college student and former intern for the campaign, Olivia Nuzzi. According to the Nuzzi, a number of people joined Weiner’s campaign to get closer to his wife Huma Abedin and, by extension, Hillary Rodham Clinton. And she goes on to say that Weiner had trouble getting high-level people to work on his campaign. She dismisses comms director Morgan’s prior experience, saying she “last worked as the press secretary for the New Jersey state education commissioner.”
She adds, “There were a lot of short résumés around the office.”
On the NSFWCORP blog, Nuzzi also says that Weiner’s campaign manager Jeremy Kedem resigned because Weiner wasn’t honest about the “timing” of his sexting scandal.
“It’s all bullshit,” Morgan tells TPM. “I mean, it’s such bullsh*t. She could f**king — f**king tw*t.” Oh.
Morgan goes on to say that Nuzzi is a “slutbag” and says “she sucked.” Also: “You know what? F**k you, you little c*nt. I’m not joking, I am going to sue her.”
In a statement this morning that was sent to reporters and available on The Washington Post, Morgan says, “In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off-the-record conversation. It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize.”
Even if the conversation was off the record, she should never have said those things to anyone given the attention and scandal surrounding the guy she’s working for. But more than that, the TPM article opens by saying that the site had been in touch with Morgan “to discuss an unrelated story.” So why would she think the conversation was off the record when the reporter was calling for a comment? And how did she get from the “unrelated story” to this crazy rant? It makes no sense.
As for Nuzzi, she tweeted today that she accepts Morgan’s apology.
Just hours before TPM’s story went live, Weiner pushed out a video in which he defiantly says that he’s going to stick with the campaign. And even with this latest brouhaha, he’ll certainly march on. After all, at least in this case, it was his comms person who did something embarrassing and not him.