Nick Ayers, Pawlenty's new campaign manager, was charged with drunk driving in 2006

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Nick Ayers, Pawlenty's new campaign manager.
At this point, you've got to wonder if Tim Pawlenty has a thing for guys who drink and drive.

Less than a week after his Iowa staffer Ben Foster attempted to break into an unsuspecting Iowa family's home, puked on the lawn, and then played coy about how he got there and why his car was parked nearby, Pawlenty announced the hire of another young Turk with a history of drunk driving: his new campaign manager, 28-year-old Nick Ayers.

According to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ayers was pulled over by the Georgia State Patrol on October 25, 2006 after a cop caught him weaving between lanes doing 50 in a 35 mph zone.

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Nick Ayers' citation for drinking and driving.
When Trooper J.W. Rickett followed the Chevy Tahoe into a parking lot, Ayers sped up, nearly hitting another vehicle.

"It appeared as if the Tahoe was attempting to hide," Rickett later reported.

When he interviewed Ayers, the young political candidate reeked of alcohol, Rickett wrote in his report. Ayers told the trooper he had drunk "a strong Jack [Daniels] and Coke."

Ayers failed a field sobriety test, then repeatedly refused to take a breath test.

Six months later, after his candidate had won reelection, the charges against Ayers were reduced to reckless driving.

In a Washington Post profile last year, Ayers tried to finesse the incident:

"According to Ayers, the officer asked him if he had been drinking, and he copped to a single Jack and Coke. They asked him to stand on one leg, then the other. He complied, but he refused to take a Breathalyzer test, arguing that he had sufficiently demonstrated his sobriety. In Georgia, such a refusal prompts a mandatory arrest. Six months later, a judge threw out the DUI charge."

That doesn't exactly square with the Journal Constitution's account of him failing the field sobriety test.

Interestingly, the next quote in the Post's April 2010 profile comes from none other than Tim Pawlenty:

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Is Tim Pawlenty soft on DWI?
"He's got more wisdom and discernment and insight than most people two or three times his age," Pawlenty told the Post.

City Pages attempted to reach Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant by phone, email and text message yesterday seeking comment for this story, but did not receive a reply by the time of publication.

Ayers may well be a shrewd strategist who can help a Pawlenty campaign that has so far failed to capture the public imagination. But in light of the recent Ben Foster incident, Ayers' hire raises serious questions about how seriously Pawlenty takes the issue of drunk driving.

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Ben Foster told cops he'd driven while drunk, then changed his story.
Remember that after initially telling Iowa police he had driven drunk, Foster later changed his story, claiming to have taken a taxi. He was unable to explain to police how his car came to be parked down the street.

When that saga hit the newswires, Pawlenty gave Foster a slap on the wrist -- a mere two-week suspension for putting other motorists' lives at risk.

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Fackcitypages
Fackcitypages

Is this what "good journalism" is? Digging up all the crap you can against your "enemies" to try to discourage people from voting against Obama?

f*cking pathetic

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Yeah City Pages! How many drunk driving arrests does Barack Obama have? I bet that isn't even a crime in Kenya. Why is it even a story that Tim Pawlenty keeps hiring drunk drivers? Like anyone is ever killed by a drunk driver. I feel so happy to be in the Republican Party, the party of Christian Family Values, where driving drunk and breaking into people's houses is considered totally fine. To show our solidarity with T-Paw let's all drive drunk today. I'm sure nothing bad will happen.

Wade_1963
Wade_1963

I have just as many problems with Foster's lying, which he obviously is. Is this the type of integrity we can expect from the campaign?

charlie wilson
charlie wilson

Wow. We can find dirt on anybody and this is utterly pointless. It's the kind of smear that Republicans might do.

Radioheadline
Radioheadline

I wonder how many people employed by City Pages have DUIs....

That's The Story???
That's The Story???

As somebody who wouldn't vote for T-Pa if he was the last candidate on earth, I still find this story bogus.

Look at the stats, 1 in 7 Minnesota residents has a DWI on their record now. It would have been more of a story if he found a manager who didn't drink and drive.

Minnesota Nice
Minnesota Nice

Pinto has no heart for any person who might have a health issue. It appears this happened over 4 years ago, a judge heard the case and through out the DUI! Ted kennedy went off a bridge and Mary Jo drowned. Did you care one whit! I doubt it. Your drive by shooting of Pawlenty, Palin, Bachmann and anyone republican is shameless. Pinto is a democrat hack and has to dig old stories out to smear people who happen to have a different political viewpoint. I say Pinto is garbage as his writing smells.

createdequal
createdequal

Come on! There are far more serious concerns about Pawlenty than the driving conduct of his staffers.

Radioheadline
Radioheadline

Nice argument. Try to explain why this is news.

klobucharMN Drinker
klobucharMN Drinker

Numerous Applications For Smartphones Help Drivers Identify Where Local Police Officers Have Set Up DUI Checkpoints – Allowing Intoxicated Drivers To Avoid ThemSenators Reid, Schumer, Klobuchar, Lautenberg and Tom Udall Asked Research in Motion (RIM), Google and Apple to Add These Applications to Their Online Stores

vitajex
vitajex

More importantly, how many are serving as campaign managers for candidates for the most important office in the world?

Oh, wait...

Jimbo
Jimbo

No, those aren't the stats - far from them. But you knew that, didn't you?

vitajex
vitajex

"Pinto... has to dig old stories out to smear people who happen to have a different political viewpoint."

-Says the person referencing Chappaquiddick.

I think my irony alarm just exploded...

Shnapier
Shnapier

DRUNK DRIVING IS ONE OF THE WORST CRIMINAL OFFENSES A PERSON CAN COMMIT. SO SAD THAT ANYONE THINKS IT IS EXCUSABLE.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I agree with you it isn't news that Tim Pawlenty seems to have a fetish for young white Republicans that drink too much and make poor decisions. One thing that makes me extremely proud of being a Republican is knowing that if Barack Obama had a staffer with a similar criminal background there is no way the Republicans would use this for political gain. We are much too classy for that. We have real issues to win with like the fact that Barack Obama is a Socialist who was born in Kenya who wishes to impose Sharia Law. Also, Michelle Obama hates white people and is overweight and someday will force our children to only eat soybeans as part of her getting healthy con job. When we City Pages start reporting the real issues like where was Obama born?

Seed
Seed

What you said, except the exact opposite. Nice lie...er, try.

Seed
Seed

Exactly what you said, except the opposite.

Actually Senators Reid, Schumer, Lautenberg, and Udall asked the companies to remove the app or at least disable the DUI checkpoint portion of it. Not sure why decided to lump Sen. Klobuchar in there, though I'm fairly certain she would side with them.

http://techdailydose.nationalj...

Whether this was willful lying or some misconception on your part—nice try.

Radioheadline
Radioheadline

More important? Why? Please explain. This whole story lacks importance. We already have a Minnesota Independent, why does City Pages have to be a shittier version of that?

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