Earlier Tuesday, we brought you word of Olivia Nuzzi, a former intern to New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner who had begun dishing inside-the-campaign details to the press in the aftermath of recent campaign-crippling revelations that Weiner had been continuing to do the very things that had previously put the words "Anthony Weiner" and "revelations" into the same sentences.
Now, the Weiner campaign communications director, Barbara Morgan, has fired back at Nuzzi. And you can expect Morgan to be cashiered momentarily, because her response looks like it was issued in the hope that it would drive the final nail in the "Weiner for Mayor" coffin. Talking Points Memo's man in New Amsterdam, Hunter Walker, contacted Morgan, and has gory details of a "curse-filled rant" to report:
“I’m dealing with like stupid fucking interns who make it on to the cover of the Daily News even though they signed NDAs and/or they proceeded to trash me,” Morgan told TPM, referring to a non-disclosure agreement. “And by the way, I tried to fire her, but she begged to come back and I gave her a second chance.”
Morgan went on to suggest Nuzzi would be unable to get a job in New York City’s political scene as a result of her actions.
“Fucking slutbag. Nice fucking glamour shot on the cover of the Daily News. Man, see if you ever get a job in this town again,” said Morgan.
In addition to referring to Nuzzi as a "slutbag," Morgan called her a "fucking twat" and a "cunt." Morgan also expressed dissatisfaction with Nuzzi's job performance ("She sucked.") which is probably the more relevant set of criticisms to which Morgan should have stuck.
Morgan, who previously told Walker that she was "going to sue" Nuzzi, has chosen to apologize instead. "In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation," Morgan said in a statement. "It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize."
Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall said there was "no question the interview was on the record." I tend to think that "off the record" niceties go right out the window the minute someone calls another person a "slutbag" or a "cunt," but that's just me.
Maybe don't call other people "slutbag" or "cunt" in front of, or directly to, a reporter? That's just an idea I had.
Nuzzi, whose account to the New York Daily News mentioned that many of her fellow interns had come aboard the Weiner campaign in the hopes of hitching themselves to Huma Abedin's star, began her day by tweeting, "Well, today will certainly be interesting." She has now changed her Twitter bio to "Slutbag, twat and cunt." (Her decision to forgo the Oxford comma is reprehensible, obviously.)
At any rate, it seems that there are as many hard feelings among Weiner's staff as there are depicted in his various sexts, which seems fitting.
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