Governor Rick Scott has had his well-known tiffs with the Florida press pool, but at least he's not locking them in closets. Vice President Joe Biden was in the Orlando area last week headlining a private fundraiser for Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. Journalist Scott Powers of The Orlando Sentinel was selected as the pool reporter, but to prevent him from mingling with guests before the Veep arrived, Biden's team decided to pretty much lock the journalist in a closet.
"Turns out the veep hadn't arrived, but about 150 guests (minimum donation $500) were already in the house," reads the Sentinel's recount. "So to prevent Scott from mingling with the crowd, a member of Biden's advance team consigned him to a storage closet -- and then stood outside the door to make sure he didn't walk out without permission."
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Powers was locked in the closet for about 90 minutes, and only allowed out to hear Nelson and Biden deliver their remarks. He was then locked back in the closet in the private home of developer Alan Ginsburg.
Biden's team has since apologized for the slip-up, but apparently the treatment isn't all that uncommon at these types of events. Plus, given journalist's salaries, being confined to living in small, closet-like spaces is also not quite uncommon.