WASHINGTON, D.C. - Staff members of Vice-President Joe Biden have come out swinging after news surfaced that they'd confined a reporter at a fund-raiser to keep him from interviewing high-profile guests. "We would never keep anyone imprisoned, in a closet or a dungeon or anywhere, unless they specifically asked for such treatment," said Marty Fulmer, long-time Biden aide. According to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers, he was sent to the home of Democratic billionaire Alan Ginsberg in Winter Park, Florida to cover a Biden fund raising speech for Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.
But the Vice-President's staff didn't fancy Powers interviewing any of the 150 guests who'd paid $500 apiece. So Powers was placed in a closet with a staffer standing guard outside. However Fulmer contradicted Powers' account, "To the best of my knowledge, Powers requested to be kept in a closet with a guard outside because he was dizzy. Don't make a big thing out of this. It's not like the Vice-President's motorcade killed another person."
Powers claims to have been released to cover the Vice-President's speech, then re-closeted while the guests departed. Another Biden staffer, Georgia Lanning, tried to place the matter in perspective. "You have to understand that staff members are regularly called upon to secure the Vice-President in a locked room especially when he forgets to take his anti-lunacy medicine. It's just routine."
But Marty Fulmer remained angry. "'Let's say, for example, we really did keep a reporter in a closet with a guard outside. It's not like we're Dick Cheney's staff. So how can it be wrong, let alone news?"
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