Interns! You’ve got to keep an eye on them* or else they blab secrets that end on the front page of The New York Daily News.
Well, maybe you do when you’re on the beleagured Anthony Weiner mayoral campaign. Ex-Weiner intern Olivia Nuzzi landed on the front cover of the Daily News yesterday under the headline, “People only work for Weiner to get to Hillary and Huma.” In the piece, Nuzzi explained how Weiner’s staff is just riding Carlos Danger’s coattails to get access to his wife Huma Abedin, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton, in hopes that they could get plum gigs if Hill runs for president in 2016.
Awkward? A little bit. But not as awkward as when the Weiner communications director Barbara Morgan went off on a reporter for Talking Points Memo, trashing Nuzzi as a “slutbag,” “twat,” “cunt,” and fame-hungry “bitch” who “sucked” at her job.
Nuzzi’s expose, which got her a byline in the Daily News, made no mistake that Weiner’s team doesn’t really have faith in him — but they do have faith in Huma Abedin:
“I’m here because of Huma,” Clay Adam Wade, a junior staffer, explained to me.
The sentiment was repeated to me again by some fellow interns.
Their hope was to make a connection with Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, and thus forge a potential connection to her longtime boss, Hillary Clinton, to get an inside track for a campaign position if she ran for president in 2016.
The piece goes on with more, less-juicy tidbits about Weiner, like how he sucks at remembering people’s names and the campaign is allegedly underpaying staffers. But the damage was done. When a TPM reporter called Weiner’s communications director to discuss “an unrelated story,” Morgan blasted the former intern — who quit after one month — in a “curse-filled rant,” calling Nuzzi a “cunt,” “twat,” “slutbag,” and “bitch.” She also threatened to sue her. Morgan ranted:
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. And by the way, I tried to fire her, but she begged to come back and I gave her a second chance. … 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. … It’s all bullshit. I mean, it’s such bullshit. She could fucking — fucking twat.”
Unprofessionalism all around. No one looks good in this situation. And while I can understand Morgan’s frustration (it has been a bad couple of weeks), this barrage of sexualized, gender-specific slurs is not a good look for this campaign. Maybe Olivia Nuzzi did suck at being an intern. She certainly sucks at discretion.
But as long as she didn’t suck Anthony Weiner, I think it’s a net positive here, right?
*Except The Frisky’s interns. You rock, Mary, Alyson and Daley!
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