Weiner train keeps chugging

Some guys just can’t get a break. You’d think that maybe, just maybe, after the sexting and the press conferences and the refusal to bow out, followed by more sexting, the guy could just do what he says he wants to to do, focus on the issues, on the things that reaaaaaly matter to New Yorkers.

But no.


In a blog post and then in the New York Daily News yesterday, former Weiner campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi drops a few (admittedly lightweight) bombs on the disgraced congressman’s bid. If you’re hoping for some new revelations of lewd office shenanigans, sorry. There’s precious little here to sink your teeth into. Basically, some folks joined up in the hopes of networking with Weiner’s wife so they could secure cushy gigs in a future Hillary Clinton administration, the staff is inexperienced, and Weiner has trouble remembering people’s names.

The piece reads as a highly opportunistic hit job that barely delivers a hit. Which may be why Weiner’s communications director unloaded on Nuzzi in an expletive-filled interview with TPM. “I’m dealing with like stupid f—–g interns who make it on to the cover of the Daily News even though they signed NDAs and/or they proceeded to trash me,” is a typical quote.

The cursing aside, I kinda feel for the communications director. Clearly the Weiner folks are feeling the heat. All the major papers in the city are calling on Weiner to bow out and end the circus. But as this video makes clear, that aint happening anytime soon. In fact, it would be simply un-New Yorkerish of Weiner to do anything BUT stick it out. As he tells us so earnestly, this isn’t about him — it’s about the people.

Brace yourselves, people.

Ben Harris is JTA’s news editor. In his seven years with JTA, he has reported from more than 15 countries. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, New York magazine, among other publications.