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Weiner aide lashed out at former campaign intern

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:03 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2013

NEW YORK » The chief spokeswoman for embattled mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner went on an expletive-laced tirade about a former campaign intern in an interview with a political news website.

Barbara Morgan later apologized for using vulgar language to describe former intern Olivia Nuzzi. She said she believed her interview with Talking Points Memo was off the record.

Talking Points said it contacted Morgan on Tuesday for an unrelated story when she launched into her attack on Nuzzi for writing an unflattering first-person article for the Daily News about her experience working on Weiner's campaign.

In the Tuesday cover story, Nuzzi wrote that Weiner often called interns "Monica," a reference to former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and that many people worked on the campaign only to get close to Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin. Abedin is an ex-aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Nuzzi also said many of the campaign staff had "short resumes," including Morgan, noting that the communications director "last worked as the press secretary for the New Jersey state education commissioner."

Morgan said Nuzzi was bad at her job and threatened to sue her.

"She was clearly there because she wanted to be seen. ... she would just not show up for work," Morgan said, adding that she tried to fire Nuzzi but "gave her a second chance" when Nuzzi begged to come back.

Nuzzi stopped interning for the campaign about four weeks ago, Morgan said.

Later, she issued an apology.

"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," she said.

Nuzzi, a college student and writer, declined to comment on Morgan's tirade.

Last week, Weiner acknowledged exchanging sexually explicit messages online after similar behavior spurred his resignation from Congress in 2011. He released a new campaign video Tuesday evening saying he won't quit the race, despite pressure from politicians and newspaper editors.

A new poll released Monday found Weiner's support fell from 26 percent last week to 16 percent.

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palani wrote:
Everything about this story is sick. Martyr-by-choice Huma Weiner deserves about as much sympathy as her role model and mentor, Hillary Clinton, aka the Benghazi Bungler.
on July 31,2013 | 05:38AM
allie wrote:
agree..it is just a circus at this point. Weiner was always a joke anyway
on July 31,2013 | 06:20AM
palani wrote:
Definitely no reverence for women.
on July 31,2013 | 09:48AM
tiwtsfm wrote:
If you stop giving press to Weiner, maybe he will go away. People with no morals should not be in politics.
on July 31,2013 | 06:59AM
false wrote:
Then we would have no politicians.
on July 31,2013 | 09:22AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Since when is an interview off the record?
on July 31,2013 | 07:09AM
AhiPoke wrote:
No surprises here. Politics is a dirty business filled with dirty people. Anyone who believes that politicians, and those surrounding them, are trying to help people versus helping themselves is naive and/or stupid.
on July 31,2013 | 08:27AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Blanket condemnations like yours only serve to add to cynicism, ahi. They make matters worse instead of better.
on July 31,2013 | 09:02AM
SueH wrote:
Maybe, but it's the truth, as painful and realistic as it seems.
on July 31,2013 | 10:59AM
dsl wrote:
who cares??
on July 31,2013 | 09:39AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
It is amazing that Anthony Weiner has the balls to run for mayor after the sexting scandal. He must think that the people forgot about what he did. His conduct includes running up unpaid traffic tickets of $2,000. Is that the kind of man you would want as a mayor?
on July 31,2013 | 12:02PM
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