Pawlenty Iowa aide resigns after arrest for drinking

Ben Foster, the young Iowa campaign aide for Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign, has resigned after his arrest earlier this month for public intoxication and trespassing.

Foster had been placed on a two-week unpaid suspension from the campaign at the time, but now has resigned, reports say.

Foster was found in the backyard of a suburban Des Moines home on April 6, after he’d awakened a 15-year-old girl. The family’s father held Foster at gunpoint until police arrived.

He’d been living with a state lawmaker while working on the Pawlenty campaign and apparently got confused after leaving a Des Moines bar.

News reports say Foster is from Alabama and was hired last year as Pawlenty’s first full-time staffer in Iowa; he earned $8,200 for work and travel in October and November and $6,000 in December for “political strategy consulting” and travel, according to campaign disclosure reports.

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  1. Submitted by will lynott on 04/20/2011 - 08:01 pm.

    Gee whiz, man, he was arrested for trying to break into someone’s house. Not for drinking, although that was part of it.

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