Biden Aide to Journo: Sorry We Put You in the Closet

Blogosphere erupts over reporter's hour-long wait

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 28, 2011 11:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – A rep for Joe Biden has apologized to a reporter for his lengthy stay in a storage closet on Wednesday, where he waited to cover a fundraiser, reports Fox News. “This was the unfortunate mistake of an inexperienced staffer and the vice president's office has made sure it will never happen again,” said the vice president’s press secretary. Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers spent more than an hour in the room in advance of Biden's arrival at the event, and complained to his editor—and now bloggers have blown the whole thing out of proportion, he writes.

“I was kidnapped. That was news to me,” notes Powers in a blog post. His version of the story: Powers was asked to wait in a room that “felt like a closet.” He wasn’t locked in, but there was staffer outside who asked him to wait each time he emerged. Annoyed, Powers sent a photo to his editor, who posted it. “I thought it was funny,” Powers notes, and he quickly forgot about it. But “then the blogosphere went crazy,” and “now we have ClosetGate.”

Vice President Joe Biden gestures while speaking at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Del., Monday, March 21, 2011.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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