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. Cortanis

    Good lord... Weiner and his staff apparently need a few classes in what's appropriate in public and what should never be said/done outside of a confidential closed door. They may not like her for her part in this, but I wouldn't say that what she put out isn't far off the mark judgeing by the reaction.

    July 31, 2013 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  2. B-13

    "See if you ever get a job in this town again"...??? Does she think she's Steven Spielberg or something?

    July 31, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  3. Vijay

    If Weiner has any sense left in him at all, now is the time to quit from public life. Does he not understand what he is putting his wife thru and what kind of moral legacy he will leave for his son. He says New Yorkers don't quit; he is hardly a typical New Yorker; he should quit and now.

    July 31, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  4. motorfirebox

    Jesus christ, Weiner. Go away. I honestly don't care about your sexting or whatever. But your inability to put this political turmoil to bed speaks pretty poorly of your ability to operate in the political theater.

    July 31, 2013 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  5. Ejan Asuk

    Disgusting group of people. Really, New York, do you want to be associated with any of these people?

    July 31, 2013 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  6. Chris

    It didn't contain graphic language. You bleeped out all the good parts.

    July 31, 2013 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  7. Weiner Sucks

    Ya right, Weiner. It's only newspaper editors and other politicians who want you to quit. You keep believing that.

    July 31, 2013 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  8. Anthony in California


    July 31, 2013 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  9. bankrupt to student loans

    he didn't show his thing, he showed his underwear. and hate to tell you this, but lots of professional men are juvenile.

    July 31, 2013 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  10. cHInonye

    There are too many pharisaic faces and minds in this country. We like to judge others, while we hide our own atrocities. Weiner cheated on his wife, not you, not me; and she has forgiven him-Why are people calling for his head? "A pot can not continue to call kettle black". As Christ said, "Let he/she who has never done wrong in his/her life cast the stone first on Weiner".

    July 31, 2013 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  11. Loya

    Man has cracked up, should immediately see a mental health doctor.....never seen any one so hated trying to be Mayor of NYC. Daily he is adding one more blot on his face....Gone are the days when Lindsay, Koch, and Juliani used to walk the corridors of Mayoral Office.

    July 31, 2013 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  12. tinazwit

    Well, that explains why Mr. Wiener can't seem to,"quit" his bad boy behavior too.

    July 31, 2013 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  13. insi10

    " You certainly don't know me. Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City."

    Apparently not. At least with regard to his phone sex habit.

    What puzzles me is that given what a challenging and prestigious job the New York mayoralty is, what deludes this fellow into thinking he should be mayor? Is he taking headlock lessons from Bob Filner or something?

    July 31, 2013 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  14. Rich

    Just disagree with the left and they are merciless on you. America has become the worst country on earth.

    July 31, 2013 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  15. GI Joe

    I looked at the Nuzzi FB page. She is one of those that poses with those exaggerated awful puckered out lips in every pose. Couldn't find one of Morgan. Oh well.

    Hey - didn't McCain refer to his wife Cindi as his "C**t" to his fellow senators? I think it goes with politics on both sides. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    At this point, tho, weiner should give it up and give his campaign money to a charity. His wife needs to get their child out of that home to save herself and her child. He is awful.

    NO I'm not a republican or a bagger, I'm an independent who would NOT vote for that group to take over. Guiliabi had his strong-arm types, and they kept it quiet.

    July 31, 2013 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  16. Dave Long

    This Weiner guy is just the type person to which the Democrats like to give the Congressional Medal of Freedom . He fits all of their criteria for "greatness"; lewdness, smugness, incompetence, illogic thought, uncanny ability to waste taxpayer money....among others. It's just a matter of time before he is called into the White House for the Presentation.

    July 31, 2013 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  17. Vader

    "Stay classy San Diego."

    July 31, 2013 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  18. GaryT

    I would have thought that interns would be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

    July 31, 2013 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  19. Jebbb

    Ms. Morgan is clearly a great communications director. She must have really polished those skills in New Jersey. I bet Anthony Weiner will send her a special "thank you" text. Maybe a nice shot of the moon. Hang onto her Mr. Weiner! How often can you get your hands on someone like her?

    July 31, 2013 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  20. New Yard

    After a long article I still cannot find Wiener's political affiliation. How come ?

    July 31, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  21. Slick

    How can you say," From bad to WORSE."

    July 31, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  22. Alan Kindree

    Weiner always ends up in hot water.

    July 31, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  23. Pedro Sanchez

    Keep it classy Barbara.

    July 31, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  24. Jeff

    Women are evil. C'mon, print the words.....this PC crap is killing America.

    July 31, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  25. Nick

    what a delusional man. He clearly suffers from mental problems and requires help.

    July 31, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
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