Watch Nick Ayers, Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign manager, get arrested for DWI [VIDEO]
|Ayers is one of three Pawlenty Presidential staff members who have alcohol arrests on their record.|
"I know this is probably an unusual comment, but I actually am a, uh -- and let me preface this by saying that I recognize that what you're doing is totally your job -- but I have a ton of respect for the state patrol and I think you guys are the most organized and effective law enforcement organization in the state. I say that with the total understanding that what you're doing is totally within the law and I'm not asking nor expecting you to change anything that you're doing. I don't even expect a comment from you. But I just want to say that I'm a huge fan of the state patrol, have been for the last five years, as I understand more of what y'all have done."
Ayers then tries to steer the conversation towards politics, but Rickett won't bite.
Eventually he asks Ayers, "What is it exactly that you do now?"
"I'm the Governor's campaign manager," Ayers answers. "The buggy part of this, Officer Rickett, is if I were just an average guy, I would have no problem complying with everything you've asked for. But so many times these days you just see so much about guys getting set up, and you just don't know what's going on."
As he gets closer to jail, Ayers becomes more anxious:
"Officer Rickett, I've just got one ask," he says. "I may have made a personal bad decision tonight in having one drink and getting in the car and driving, but I just ask that, you know, we let the court hear it out and that this not become a political issue prior to the time it's heard by the courts. My boss is a great guy, and I only wish to live up to the standards to which he lives. And that's the only thing I ask for your consideration. I know other folks would love to make a big issue out of this. Frankly I don't think I've done anything wrong, but I know they'd love to make an issue out of it."
Rickett replies he won't treat Ayers differently than any other DWI arrest.
But as the cruiser pulls in to the jail, Rickett's radio crackles to life. The Governor's Executive Security detail wants to know if Ricketts had stopped a Tahoe.
At this, Ayers becomes distraught.
"See man, there it goes," Ayers says, and begins pleading with Ricketts, using his first name. "Jamie, all I ask, just bring this down on me, man. Please, bruh. I mean, I'll take the fall before I let Sonny take the fall. I mean, this ain't him."
"I understand," Rickett replies.
"I mean, do you really? Do you understand what they're about to do with this?" asks Ayers, sounding increasingly desperate. "Seriously man, you understand what the other side will try to do with this?"
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