(NEW YORK) — If Anthony Weiner is having second thoughts about his New York City mayoral run in the wake of new sexting revelations, sagging poll numbers and a circus-like atmosphere at campaign stops, he isn’t expressing them in public.
In a new one-minute video posted on his campaign website, Weiner dismisses his many critics and rivals who have called on him to step aside.
Weiner stares straight at the camera and says, “Quit isn’t the way we roll in New York City. We fight through tough things. We are a tough city. There are people all around New York City who get up in the morning with a pretty tough day ahead of them and they don’t quit.”
Referring to the sexting scandal, Weiner says, “Someone wants to come out with something embarrassing in your private life, you gotta talk about that for a little while. But it’s also reminded me that citizens when they come up to you and they want to talk about a situation on their block or at their child’s school or something going on at their job site, that that’s what this campaign is all about and I’ll never forget that.”
Meanwhile, there’s more drama from the Weiner campaign. Barbara Morgan, Weiner’s communications director, has issued an apology for her expletive-filled comments following a blog post and a New York Daily News article in which a former intern discussed the campaign in unflattering terms.
On Monday, Olivia Nuzzi posted a story on NSFWCORP claiming several sources in the Weiner campaign told her there had been “six departures” from the staff — more than had been previously disclosed — and staffers had been underpaid. Nuzzi also claimed former campaign manager Danny Kedem quit because Weiner “lied to him about the timing of his sexting scandal.”
On Tuesday, Nuzzi told the Daily News Weiner incorrectly called multiple interns “Monica,” and claimed people only joined the campaign to get in good with his wife, Huma Abdein, a close aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
When Morgan was contacted by TalkingPointsMemo.com to comment on Nuzzi’s allegations, she unleashed a curse-filled rant and described Nuzzi as a fame hungry “b****” who “sucked” at her job.
In a statement to ABC News Tuesday night, Morgan apologized and said she thought she was “off the record.”
“In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation. It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize,” she said.
Nuzzi then tweeted Wednesday morning, “As to Barbara Morgan’s apology, of course I accept it.”
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