Weiner Aide Apologizes for Outburst; Intern Who Wrote Tell-All Accepts
The communications director for New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has apologized for using obscenities in an attack on a former campaign intern who dared to write a worm’s-eye view of the campaign that is destined to become a case study of what not to do in politics.
The attack by Barbara Morgan on former intern Olivia Nuzzi is being widely interpreted as the latest symptom of the problems with the Weiner campaign. But really, can there be a downside to a campaign that starts with a candidate who is a serial abuser of his BlackBerry at the very least and has admitted continuing to send photographs of the male part of his anatomy to women after he was forced to resign from Congress for the same activities?
The latest kerfuffle began when Nuzzi penned an insider account of the campaign for the New York Daily News.
In her piece, Nuzzi wrote that Weiner often called interns “Monica,” a not-so-subtle reference to the sex scandal that led to the impeachment of President Clinton, who engaged in a dalliance with intern Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was acquitted of the charges. Clinton, of course, is married to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of State and New York senator who employed Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, who, like her mentor, has stood by her man and explained away his shortcomings, even through Weiner’s current sexting crisis.