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Weinergate Gets Even Uglier as Top Campaign Aide Calls Former Intern a "Slutbag"

Another day, another huge setback for the Weiner campaign.

Anthony Weiner's campaign for the New York City Mayor took another turn for the worst on Tuesday, when his communications director called a former Weiner intern a "slutbag," among other vulgar insults. Olivia Nuzzi, accused "slutbag" and writer at NSFWCORP,  claimed many Weiner campaign staffers were in it to make connections to a Hillary Clinton Presidential run in 2016, via Weiner's wife Huma Abedin. 

Appearing on the cover of the New York Daily News on Tuesday, Nuzzi wrote about the woes of said staffers, including poor pay and a slew of new departures. Suggesting that difficulty attracting staff led to under-qualified campaign employees, Nuzzi struck a nerve with Weiner's camaign communications director, Barbara Morgan. Morgan, who Nuzzi undercut by noting she “last worked as the press secretary for the New Jersey state education commissioner." She freaked out the day Nuzzi's NYDN story broke. 

Talking Points Memo called Morgan about a separate story, and when they brought up Nuzzi, she lost it. Morgan has said she thought the conversation was off-the-record, and apologized for her comments to Nuzzi directly. 

“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,” Morgan told TPM,  “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,” said Morgan. “It’s all bullshit,” she said. “I mean, it’s such bullshit. She could fucking — fucking twat.”

TPM asked Morgan if she thought Nuzzi joined the campaign with the intention of writing a tell-all. 

“I have no idea, but I can tell you she … like accosted me at like our petitioning thing to be able to become my intern, begged me to be my intern, sent me something within like 20 minutes of meeting her and then proceeded to — she came in the next day and was like, basically, ‘I want to be your bitch all summer long, that’s all I want to do is be your righthand person,’” Morgan said of Nuzzi. “I was like, ‘OK, well, it’s not really glamorous, like, you’re going to do clips, and you’re going to do media catching, and you’re going to do x, y, and z and maybe I’ll get you to the point where you’re like doing some other stuff.”

She also attacked Nuzzi's work performance, though, clearly, Morgan is not anywhere near the best "communications" director that ever lived. 

“She sucked. She like wasn’t good at setting up events. She was clearly there because she wanted to be seen. Like it was, like, terrible and I had to like - she would like, she would just not show up for work,” said Morgan. “For the four weeks she worked there — she didn’t work weekends, so twenty days total. Of those twenty days, she missed probably five because she would just like not show up and not tell me she wasn’t going to be there. So, yeah, so there’s that.”

Anyway, she's definitely salty. 

“And then like she had the fucking balls to like trash me in the paper. And be like, ‘His communications director was last the press secretary of the Department of Education in New Jersey,” Morgan said. “You know what? Fuck you, you little cunt. I’m not joking, I am going to sue her.”

So, yes, Anthony Weiner is still running for Mayor. "Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City," he said in a promotional video released Tuesday.  Maybe the text-message flasher is also into humiliation? Either way, this train wreck of a campaign is headed nowhere fast.