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Top Weiner Aide Goes on Profane Rant about Former Intern, Apologizes

Anthony Weiner’s communications director has apologized after Talking Points Memo published her profanity-filled excoriation of a former Weiner-campaign intern, Olivia Nuzzi.

On Tuesday the New York Daily News ran an op-ed by Nuzzi about her experience on the campaign, in which she claimed that Weiner was unable to hire top talent and had to resort to placing relative unknowns in senior positions — including his communications director, Barbara Morgan, who, Nuzzi dismissively noted, “last worked as the press secretary for the New Jersey state education commissioner.” Nuzzi also said that many of her fellow interns joined in hopes of connecting with ”Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, [in order to] forge a potential connection to . . . Hillary Clinton, to get an inside track for a campaign position if she ran for president in 2016.”

Morgan struck back during a telephone interview with TPM; among other choice words, the communications director complained that “I’m dealing with, like, stupid f***ing interns who make it on to the cover of the Daily News even though they signed [non-disclosure agreements] and/or they proceeded to trash me.” She also vowed to sue Nuzzi and swore, ”F***ing s***bag. Nice f***ing glamour shot on the cover . . . Man, see if you ever get a job in this town again.”

When Business Insider asked Morgan if she had intended for her comments to go public, she responded, “NO NO NO NO NO.” Morgan apologized publicly: “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.”

 

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