Drunk and Disorderly. Two Things Tim Pawlenty Did Not Need

Bookmark and Share On his Facebook page, 24 year old Ben Foster proudly proclaims himself to be a “political opererative” living in Johnson, Iowa. He is actually a paid staffer on the exploratory committee behind Tim Pawlentys presidential campaign. Last year he became the first full time paid staffer of any potential presidential campaign, but this week he was found drunk and trying to enter the back door of a home in Ankeny, Iowa.

Early Wednesday, 15 year old Chloe Steward was at home and upon investigating what was making her dog bark, she found an arm in the back door and the person it belonged to was trying to get in her family’s home. Chloe ran to her Mom and Dads room screaming. Her father picked up his gun, ran to the door and found Foster still trying to get in. A call to 911 by Mrs. Steward brought the police to their home and after vomiting in their backyard, young Mr. Foster was arrested for public intoxication and trespassing.

After bail of $600 was posted, Foster was released from Polk County Jail and later he released the following statement;

I made a very serious mistake. I take full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to all affected by my poor judgment. I especially apologize to the people who were disturbed during the incident and the arresting officers. I give my word that it will never happen again.

As for Tim Pawlenty, his exploratory committee issued the following comments;

Pawlenty is extremely disappointed in Bens actions and his behavior does not meet the standards he expects of his employees, .

The campaign has also placed Foster on a two-week unpaid suspension.

While this is not something that any campaign needs at any time, its a good thing Ben Foster learned his lesson now and not later in the campaign when the nation is more focused on each and every nuance involving the presidential campaign. As for Tim Pawlenty himself, the fact that Ben Foster is only on a two week unpaid suspension says a lot. For one thing, it says that hes a pretty understanding guy who believes in second chances. Then again White House 2012 is trying to ascertain whether or not young Master Ben is maybe a nephew, that Tim Pawlenty’s sister asked if he could help out? But no matter what, you can bet that if Ben Foster has so much as a shot of beer, the term suspension will be used in regards to what he gets hanged with.

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