The executive director of Louisiana’s Republican Party was arrested hours after his wedding last week in New Orleans on allegations that he shoved a police officer during an early morning encounter.
According to court records, a hotel manager and a police officer had asked GOP official Andrew Bautsch, 31, to leave an unnamed establishment at the Pontchartrain Hotel in the 2000 block of St. Charles Avenue about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. But Bautsch allegedly would not get onto an elevator leading out.
The officer who arrested Bautsch was a member of the Orleans Levee District police force working an off-duty security detail at the hotel. That policeman booked Bautsch — apparently still dressed in his tuxedo — on municipal counts of criminal trespassing, resisting police and battery on an officer.
During a New Orleans Municipal Court hearing Monday, his trial date was set for May 21.
It appeared he was out of jail on a $1,600 recognizance bail at the time of the hearing.
Bautsch's wedding was Friday in New Orleans, according to information posted online.
The state GOP hired Bautsch for its top full-time staff position in April. His job includes managing the state party’s daily operations and budget while acting as a liaison with elected officials and candidates at the local, state and federal levels.
He didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday. But state Republican Party Chairman Louis Gurvich said Bautsch — who was on his honeymoon Monday — "vociferously denies committing a battery, resisting arrest or trespassing."
Gurvich said Bautsch was arrested after he tried to intercede in an altercation that initially didn't involve him but had drawn the attention of hotel security.
"It was a misunderstanding," Gurvich said. "From here on out, we'll see how the (legal) process plays out."
Court documents do not mention which Pontchartrain Hotel establishment was at the center of Saturday morning’s incident. The hotel has a popular rooftop bar.