Nick Ayers is the campaign manager for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. Five years ago, while running a campaign for Georgia's governor, he was stopped for drunk driving. His attempt to talk his way out through politics just came to light.
The 2006 arrest has been part of the public record for years, but Minneapolis' City Pages filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the dash camera video. Chopped into three segements, the first two show Ayers being pulled over, telling a Georgia trooper he's had one Jack Daniels and Diet Coke. The trooper would later write that Ayers' Chevy Tahoe was weaving and speeding, and Ayers smelled of alcohol. After refusing a breath test, Ayers fails a field sobriety test, and the trooper starts to haul him downtown.