Life can be tough when you are a spokesperson for a person, organization or campaign which is being ripped in the media. The most important thing you can do is project calm under fire.
Apparently that message hasn’t gotten through to Anthony Weiner’s communications director Barbara Morgan. Admittedly, Ms Morgan is under a lot of pressure. How would YOU like to have “Anthony Weiner’s Communications Director” on YOUR resume?
There is an article in the New York Daily News by a former Weiner intern, Olivia Nuzzi, which claims that many Weiner staffers joined the campaign only to get close to the candidate’s wife, Huma Abedin, in an effort to parlay that into a connection for the Hillary for President 2016 campaign.
There were a few other shots at Weiner (for example he couldn’t remember the intern’s names) — but on the list of accurate and negative things said about the candidate, the article would not break the top 100.
All this seems to have been lost on Weiner’s spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, who (unless some prankster was impersonating her) told the blog “Talking Points Memo” that Nuzzi is an attention seeking “bitch” who sucked at her job.
Morgan (who by the way, clearly sucks at HER job) went on to use terms like “f***ing slutbag,” “tw*t,” and “c*nt,”
Way to go Barbara. Good way to endear the campaign to the voters — and to convince the public that all this unpleasantness involving Weiner is behind us.
Morgan also threatened to sue Nuzzi (for what is unclear.) Sounds like the tactic that worked so well for Asiana Airlines.
It is (way past) time for Weiner to take his classy act and its supporters — and head for the exit.
UPDATE: Morgan now says “In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off-the-record conversation….”
At 15-Seconds, we tell clients there is no such thing as “off-the-record.”