Pawlenty campaign worker canvasses Iowa home at 3 a.m., while drunk

Our first "intoxicated campaign aide" of the 2012 cycle finally gets his boss some press coverage

Published April 6, 2011 8:01AM (EDT)

Tim Pawlenty
Tim Pawlenty

Benjamin Foster, employee of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's presidential exploratory committee, is reaching out to Iowa voters, one arm through their back door at 3 a.m. at a time:

Chloe Steward told KCCI she heard her dog barking around 3 a.m. and went to investigate. She said she found a man trying to get into the back door.

"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 family then called police.

Does it get better? Yes, it does:

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.

I think this is just what Tim Pawlenty needs to get the nation excited about Tim Pawlenty.

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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