Ben Foster, Pawlenty staffer, arrested in Iowa for drunkenness

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Ben Foster, the Pawlenty operative arrested for drunkenness this morning in Iowa.
When Tim Pawlenty hired 24-year-old Ben Foster in September, it made headlines: Foster was the first full-time Iowa staffer for any of the nascent 2012 presidential campaigns.

Today, Foster's making headlines for his boss a different way -- by getting arrested for public drunkenness.

Apparently Foster was sufficiently drunk at 3 a.m. today that he tried to get into the wrong house. Fifteen-year-old Chloe Seward of Ankeny, Iowa told the local TV news she was woken up by her dog, only to find Foster's arm through the back door, trying to get in. She screamed. The police were called. Foster puked on her lawn.

Foster was arrested and jailed around 4 a.m., according to the Polk County Sheriff's office. Foster posted $600 bail a few hours later.

The Pawlenty camp released the obligatory statement:

"Governor Pawlenty is extremely disappointed in Ben's actions and his behavior does not meet the standards he expects of his employees," reads the statement by Pawlenty strategist Eric Woolson. "Therefore, the committee is placing Ben on a two-week unpaid suspension and expects him to bear the legal consequences for his action."

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Ben Foster's booking photo.
It's a rough turn of events for the young operative, who, according to his LinkedIn page, is a 2009 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he was active with the College Republican Federation of Alabama.

In 2008, Foster journeyed to the Twin Cities for the Republican National Convention, where he got himself photographed with a variety of conservative high muckamucks like Karl Rove, Michele Bachmann, Joe Scarborough, and Neil Cavuto.

The arrest is also a blow to Pawlenty, who has now become the second high-profile Minnesota politician to find his campaign rocked by the arrest of a drunken staffer.

Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign was thrown into damage-control mode last summer when Mark Buesgens, then on file as Emmer's campaign manager, was pulled over and caught on a police-cruiser dash-cam in a state of fairly spectacular drunkenness.

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Will737
Will737

Actually it looks to me like the arch conservatives are actually the real group out to get this guy Pawlenty. Look at the incredible detail in the FOX News piece from Houston which broke most of the detailed news first as far as I can tell. It included the fact that Ben Foster was staying with Iowa Republican State Rep. Erik Hellan, "who was charged with drunken driving just last year" and the "reported fact" that Eric Hellan is also a Pawlenty supporter. Now no one but Republicans would have detail like that. Especially this seems true given that Pawlenty's campaign or Ben Foster himself basically erased Ben Foster from the web entirely. Gone are: facebook, twitter, flickr, linked, etc. Plus, this F'OX News report in Houston [not exactly local interest is it] goes on at great length with someone from an anti-Drunk Driving organization about DUI being a "violent crime" and about enabling, etc. All this is despite the fact that DUI was not actually charged yet at last look, and despite the fact that no one was actually hurt here. [Though it sure would be upsetting to have someone do this, and Foster is lucky the father didn't pull the trigger of his gun.] See http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dp... Since then, the rest of the local Foxes have copied the story, but it was apparently there in Houston first. Hmmmm...

I suspect they will have failed to make Pawlenty suffer over this, as now we are about to have a government shut down, and as long as these two young drunks keep their heads down, no one will notice them any more. After all George W. Bush was an inveterate drunk until well into his mid thirties, and he got elected President twice. George had his last DUI by driving his vehicle so far off the road and so far into some bushes that he couldn't get them out of the bushes. The Conn. state trooper found him wandering around trying to get out of the bushes. So I guess at least George didn't "trespass".

Memories
Memories

Reminds me of that good ole dem Ted whose girl went swimming after a night of a party. She was Mary Jo K. Alleged to be the girlfriend of RJK ted's brother. At least this Ben didn't drown the girl.

Tom
Tom

Republicans once again run back in time 41 years in an effort to distract attention from something that a Republican did this week.

Interesting thing about that accident (and it WAS an accident) that killed Mary Jo Kopechne - there has never been any proof that Ted Kennedy was in the car, asside from Ted Kennedy's say-so, which is suspect because of the inconsistencies with the facts. I think he wasn't there, later claimed he was there to paint himself as a hero, then really fouled it up. There's an interesting investigation of it by a NYT reporter that looks at the facts.

Still, right wingers don't care about the facts. Their approach is that "Ted Kennedy tried to do stuff for poor people, that makes him a sissy, and even though I couldn't find Chappaquiddick on a map and I wasn't alive at the time, I'm goiing to rant and rave about it every time a Republican gets into trouble!"

Bo
Bo

Yeah! St. Ted the pure never did anything wrong ever!

Faire Reporting
Faire Reporting

One of President Barack Obama’s close friends has been arrested in Honolulu on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. Honolulu police say Robert “Bobby” Titcomb was one of four men arrested in an undercover sting operation late Monday

At least poor Ben didn't drown the girl.

Rimmy
Rimmy

One of my friends did just about this same thing while at UMD. Busted the window out, opened the door, passed out on the couch, woke up before anyone found him. Big difference though, he got away with it. It turned out to be his neighbors' house, full of female UMD students.

LegalMinn
LegalMinn

If I was working for the GOP, I'd be drunk every night too. Gotta kill the thinking brain cells, so that you don't realize how much you're frakking over everyone in day-to-day affairs.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

See Ben, now ya should have been working for the Demarats.Everyone would have looked the other way, and your life would go on as usual.Now you done F'd up, and you will have to resign.

Guest
Guest

Gov. Sanford was a Republican by the way

Guest
Guest

Yeah, like Governor Sanford of South Carolina resigned...you stupid hypocrite!

green23
green23

Once again, Kirk, your "both sides do it" defense just places Republicans on the same ethical and moral level as Democrats. Are you sure that's what you intended to do?

Seed
Seed

Party of personal responsibilty and all that, right troll?

vitajex
vitajex

It's always inspiring to see the younger generation upholding the standard of douchiness.

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