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Joni Ernst campaign spokeswoman caught drunk driving

Screenshot of Gretchen Hamel's Facebook "wall" ... she is posing with an Ernst campaign sign
Screenshot of Gretchen Hamel’s Facebook “wall” … she is posing with an Ernst campaign sign

WEST DES MOINES – A spokeswoman for the Joni Ernst campaign was caught drunk driving just days before the election that sent Ernst to the Senate, and she resigned, according to the Des Moines Register.

Gretchen Hamel, age 34, was a campaign spokeswoman for Joni Ernst’s U.S. Senate campaign. Records show she was arrested on October 29 by West Des Moines Police for operating while intoxicated. The Des Moines Register reported Thursday that Hamel resigned the morning after the incident.

“This is a personnel matter which we will not discuss in the press. We wish Gretchen nothing but the best and appreciate her efforts,” said Ernst campaign manager Jon Kohan in a statement published by the Register.

Records show Hamel was also cited for improper use of a median.

Hamel posted bond and was released from jail the next day.

No court date has been set, yet.

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