Well, this is sure to improve things for Team Weiner: After ex-intern Olivia Nuzzi wrote a tell-all article about working on Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign, Weiner's communications director responded by going on a less-than-professional rant in which she labeled Nuzzi a "slutbag" and a "bitch," among other, even less flattering names. A timeline:
- Nuzzi first came to the world's attention when she told an amusing little story about Weiner's tendency to (incorrectly) refer to female interns as "Monica."
- On Monday, Nuzzi wrote another article on NSFWcorp alleging there had been more departures from Weiner's campaign team than previously reported; she alleged his campaign manager left because Weiner lied to him about the timing of his sexting misconduct.
- Then, yesterday, Nuzzi appeared on the front cover of the New York Daily News. Inside, she bylined an article about working on the campaign, claiming that many interns only came onboard in the hopes of connecting with Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin. Nuzzi also trashed the "short résumés" of many campaign staffers ... including, yes, communications director Barbara Morgan, who "last worked as the press secretary for the New Jersey state education commissioner," Nuzzi wrote.
- That's when Morgan responded in a conversation with Talking Points Memo (about an unrelated story) in which she used the aforementioned terms, and also said she "tried to fire" Nuzzi at one point because "she sucked" at her job. One example: "She like wasn’t good at setting up events. ... Like it was, like, terrible and I had to like—she would like, she would just not show up for work," Morgan explained. "And then like she had the f---ing balls to like trash me in the paper." Oh, it gets more amusing from there; we'd highly recommend you read the whole thing.
Not surprisingly, Morgan put out a statement last night to Business Insider
: "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." TPM denies the conversation was off the record.