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.