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

By Chris Good

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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