Pawlenty Campaign Worker Put on Leave After Passing Out in Iowa Family's Backyard

It's probably safe to assume the Steward family will not be voting for Tim Pawlenty.

A worker for his presidential exploratory committee was arrested after being found, by the family's 15-year-old daughter, passed out in their backyard at 3 a.m.:

"His arm was in my back door, trying to get in and I screamed and went upstairs to my parents room and I continued screaming," said Chloe Steward. ...

The Steward family said Foster was drunk and was trying to get home to a friend's house in Johnston. They said he vomited in their backyard and scared their daughter.

Read the full story at KCCI Des Moines.

UPDATE (3:28 p.m.): Foster issued this statement Wednesday afternoon, apologizing: "Last night, I made a very serious mistake. I take full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to all affected by my poor judgment. I especially apologize to the people who were disturbed during the incident and the arresting officers. I give my word that it will never happen again."

Eric Woolson, a consultant who works for the committee in Iowa, announced on behalf of the committee that Foster had been paced on unpaid leave: "Governor Pawlenty is extremely disappointed in Ben's actions and his behavior does not meet the standards he expects of his employees. 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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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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