As the primary season comes to an end and the 2014 midterms start to stir, political operatives continue to make headlines for doing stupid shit. I wrote a hit story a couple weeks ago about the new breed of operatives whining and tattling and leaking. But it occurs to me that the reason for this bad behavior is that some political operatives are failing to remember one undisputed fact about campaigns: An operative must have a candidate’s best interest at heart at all times, even when the candidate acts like a lunatic.
Anthony Weiner’s spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, issued an apology tonight after a profanity-laced interview with Talking Points Memo, in which she described a former campaign intern as a fame hungry “bitch” and “slutbag” who “sucked” at her job.
Ms. Morgan said that she believed the conversation, in which she also threatened to sue the young woman, was off the record.
“In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation,” Ms. Morgan said in a statement. “It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize.”