If you live in Iowa you know that presidential election season can’t be far away when you are awakened at 3 AM by a drunk staffer from Tim Pawlenty’s presidential exploratory committee trying to break into your house and vomiting in your back yard, which is exactly what happened to an Iowa family that was unwittingly victimized by the GOP’s new 2012 strategy drunk canvassing.
According to KCCI in Des Moines, Iowa, “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.”
The man happened to Ben Foster from Alabama who was in Iowa working Tim Pawlenty’s presidential exploratory committee. He was arrested by police and charged with public intoxication and trespassing. Foster has since issued a statement giving his word that he will never ever get drunk again and terrify a fifteen year old girl by trying to break into her house (hopefully, he’ll avoid the public vomiting, too).
Foster said, “’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.’”
It is nice to see that the Republicans are teaching them young to break out the poor judgment excuse that every Republican falls back on anytime they get caught cheating on their wives, having gay sex, trying to have gay sex, attempting to pick up chicks on Craig’s List, looking for a hook up in a men’s room to have gay sex (did you ever notice how much Republicans seem to enjoy gay sex?), and now we can add throwing up in people’s yards and scaring teenage girls to the list.
This is one of those things that a presidential campaign can’t control, but it is never good publicity. In fact, it makes the whole operation look really bad. You can bet that this will be used by Pawlenty’s opponents in Iowa to hurt him at the caucuses, because nothing screams family values like trespass and vomit.
Drunken canvassing may be the Republican wave of the future. Oh you know you live in a swing state when volunteers are so desperate for your vote that they are willing to break into your house to get it, and if you don’t see things their way? Well, you best watch where you walk when you go to get the morning paper.
These are family values in action. Manson family values, but family values all the same.
Good luck picking your nominee, Republicans. At least try to pick somebody who can keep their staff sober, and not vomiting in the voters’ yards.