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Mark Buesgens resigns as GOP consultant after DWI arrest

Rep. Mark Buesgens steps down as GOP consultant.
Rep. Mark Buesgens steps down as GOP consultant.
Image courtesy Wright County Sheriff's Department

State Rep. Mark Buesgsens resigned as a GOP consultant today after being arrested Saturday night in Wright County on suspicion of drunken driving.

Buesgens was listed as the chairman of Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign at the time, but Emmer's campaign says he only served 10 days in that capacity and was no longer chairman at the time of his arrest.

That doesn't mean Buesgens is giving up his run for a seventh term representing Jordan, however. The election will take less than a week after his October 27 court date.

In a dash-cam video from the night of Buesgens's arrest, a Wright County Sheriff's deputy can be heard telling him that he tested at a 0.19 percent blood alcohol level, more than twice the legal limit. The deputy also recovered an open bottle of vodka on the floor of the drivers' seat.

The video shows Buesgens attempting and failing a series of field sobriety tests. He tells the deputy his performance may be affected by "a little Parkinsons."

At another point in the video, Buesgen stumbles, and the deputy says "You can't even stand up right now."

The DWI isn't Buesgen's only problem. According to a notice in his local paper, his home is also in foreclosure and about to be sold.

Here's the video of Buesgens's arrest.


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