NEW YORK — In what will surely be another public relations nightmare for Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign, his spokeswoman went off on an epic, obscenity-laced rant against a former intern who wrote an unflattering article about her time working for the ex-congressman.
Olivia Nuzzi, who briefly worked for Weiner’s mayoral campaign, wrote a tell-all piece for the New York Daily News describing Weiner’s staff as inexperienced and criticizing the candidate for, among other things, referring to female interns as “Monica.”
The article enraged Barbara Morgan, Weiner’s communications director, who went off on Nuzzi during an interview with Talking Points Memo. Her profanity-laced tirade, which TPM reports was unprompted, immediately caused a sensation on Twitter, where it was compared to the infamous meltdown of a University of Maryland student who went postal on her sorority sisters for not being social enough.
In a statement, Morgan offered her apologies to Nuzzi and said she had thought her comments to TPM were off the record.
"In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation,” Morgan said. “It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize."
But TPM editor Josh Marshall disputed Morgan’s account, saying in a message on Twitter the interview was clearly on the record.