July 30th, 2013
11:39 PM ET
9 years ago

Weiner spokeswoman apologizes for trash-talking about ex-intern

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(CNN) - Anthony Weiner's communications director apologized Tuesday night for bashing a former intern in a scathing interview laced with four-letter words.

"In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation," Barbara Morgan said in a statement to CNN. "It was wrong and I am very sorry."

Morgan added that she called and apologized Tuesday night to the former intern, Olivia Nuzzi.

Talking Points Memo, a left-leaning news organization, published a report late Tuesday night, quoting Morgan as she responded to a New York Daily News article written by Nuzzi, who described an unflattering account of Weiner¹s New York City mayoral campaign.

"(Morgan) went off on a curse-filled rant about Nuzzi, describing her as a fame hungry 'b**ch' who 'sucked' at her job. Morgan also called Nuzzi a 'sl*tb*g,' 'tw*t,' and 'c**t' while threatening to sue her," the TPM article stated.

In the New York Daily News story about her brief internship on Weiner¹s campaign this summer, Nuzzi wrote about other interns who were on the campaign simply seeking to get access to Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, in hopes of scoring a connection to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a potential 2016 contender. Abedin is a longtime adviser to Clinton.

Nuzzi also shared a story about Weiner struggling to learn interns' names–despite boasting of his memory skills–and blasted the campaign's professional staff as inexperienced. She belittled Morgan, in particular, saying her last job was a press secretary role for the New Jersey state education commissioner.

"There were a lot of short résumés around the office," Nuzzi wrote. "The candidate sometimes seemed inexperienced, too."

Morgan told TPM that Nuzzi "sucked" at her job and she tried to fire the college student, but Morgan said "she begged to come back and I gave her a second chance." Morgan described at length Nuzzi's work ethic and attitude, saying she sometimes didn't show up for work at all.

"F**king sl*tb*g. Nice f**king glamour shot on the cover of the Daily News. Man, see if you ever get a job in this town again," Morgan said, according to TPM.

The dust-up marks the latest road bump in Weiner's campaign. After admitting last week that he continued to send lewd messages to women after his 2011 resignation from Congress, the mayoral hopeful saw his poll numbers plummet. His campaign manager, Danny Kedem, quit over the weekend, and questions continue to pour in about Weiner's online relationships.

But the former congressman has repeatedly vowed to stay in the race. He reiterated that sentiment in a video released by his campaign Tuesday night.

"I know that there are newspaper editors, other politicians that say, boy I wish that guy Weiner would quit," he said. "You don't know New York. You certainly don't know me. Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City."

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. NameDonnaMatthews


    July 31, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  2. Paul

    Kind of sad but fun to watch a whole corrupt politico machine crash and burn isn't it? So good night Mr Weiner why not drop off the planet now and do us a favor we can move on to another story or stupidity.

    July 31, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  3. Xn

    Stay classy Weiner campiagn!

    July 31, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  4. ToldUSo

    I wish I had a weiner spokesman.

    July 31, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  5. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    /caution–sarcasm here/
    Tony surrounds himself with the nicest folks.

    July 31, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  6. BigAl

    geez, just drop out and go away already!

    July 31, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  7. liberal disease

    love this !!liberals being exposed for what they are nasty egotistical power hungry animals..Stay in the Race weeney !!

    July 31, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  8. JC

    New Yorkers, please, think of the rest of the country when you vote for mayor. We really need the daily entertainment value that would be provided by a Mayor Weiner administration.

    July 31, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation," Barbara Morgan said.
    If that is how you speak "off the record", then you are unfit to serve on my staff. Is this a glimpse behind the scenes at Weiner headquarters? Doesn't tolerance for this sort of behavior begin at the top because the top is doing it, too?

    July 31, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  10. Jim

    We cannot but be concerned to learn that some interns may be taking non paying positions in the hopes of making connections for use later in their careers.

    July 31, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  11. Michael

    In this day and age, nobody should EVER assume anything is off the record ... with cell phones, et al, ready to record anything and everything. The loose screw in the head controls the tongue, so think about what you're about to say before opening the trap. Once it's out, there's no taking it back. Real class act, Babs ...

    July 31, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. Joe Plumber

    The nerve of this guy. I am actually so glad this has all come out BEFORE Wiener became mayor.

    July 31, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  13. Boo

    Seems the old adage is true...birds of a feather do flock together. What we have here is one arrogant clueless politician and his arrogant clueless spokesperson.

    July 31, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  14. Siestasis

    I would say that it was Morgan that sucked at her job. She evidently has about as much control over her actions as Weiner. Birds of a feather fly together.

    July 31, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. adam4x4

    "Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City." I guess that means he's still sending out lewd tweets and photo's.

    July 31, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. Chris

    "Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City." Unless of course he is in Congress. Then quit is the way he rolls.

    July 31, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. us_1776

    Weiner, your whole campaign SUCKS !!

    Get out.


    July 31, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. thekarl

    It's OK. No big deal. Why are we wasting time on stuff like this; after all the parties in this flap are all democrats so they shouldn't be chastised over the same things for which republicans are...or should they?

    July 31, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. nate

    This is a class act all around !!!

    July 31, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. general tso

    A class act from top to bottom. Why won't this clown just go away?

    July 31, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  21. idum

    Looks like the weiner attracts fools as big as he is. No surprise. Quality government. No wonder the world laughs at us. We look as bad as the Italians.

    July 31, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Ejan Asuk

    A vile candidate with vile supporters.

    July 31, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. becky

    I feel that we have crossed into a bullying stage now. If you don't feel he is qualified for the position then DON'T VOTE FOR HIM. It's that simple. No need to bully the man into dropping out.

    July 31, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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