So the dinner began and I started the video camera rolling. I decided to go the restroom, and just as I was about to walk into the dining hall one of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s handlers walked out and was amazed to see me there. We pleasantly spoke about some past orthopedic injuries we both shared in a past conversation.
I had previously ran into this same staffer in Miami several months ago, and she was wearing a sling after she dislocated her elbow. She asked me about my shoulder and discussed my own multiple shoulder surgeries that required me to wear the same sling she had to wear.
As I got back to the media riser, I noticed my ‘friend’ whisking around the room pointing me out to party staffers. One lady came up to me and asked me if I had credentials, and I showed her the orange press pass that younger gentleman first gave me. She left. Then the same Deputy Communications Director came back and asked me to step out and have a word with him.
He told me that he had to ask me to leave because I didn’t initially RSVP for the event. Yup, that’s right, they knew who I was, gave me a press pass, then yanked it because Wasserman Schultz asked them to kick me out. Note that the Debbie’s handler does not lift a finger without her boss’ approval. He then demanded that I return the press pass to him, which I did, but not after I poked him by asking if I could take a picture of it. He was not amused.