Pawlenty staffer arrested in Iowa after attempting to enter family’s house at 3 a.m.

Steven Nelson Associate Editor
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A campaign staffer for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential exploratory committee has been arrested in Iowa after attempting to enter a family’s home in the dead of night.

Benjamin Foster stumbled into the backyard of a home in Ankeny, Iowa at 3 a.m. When the family dog began barking, 15-year-old Chloe Stewart woke up to investigate. She found Foster trying to enter her house after vomiting in the backyard.

“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,” Steward told local station KCCI.

Foster was arrested and charged with trespassing and public intoxication. Eric Woolson, a consultant for Pawlenty’s exploratory committee, confirmed to KCCI Foster’s employment with the committee.