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18th February
written by Sean Noble












I swear I didn’t know the scandal surrounding Sheriff Paul Babeu was going to break when I named my last post “Hot Arizona Politics.”  Call it bad headline timing.

In all seriousness, Babeu should resign as Sheriff of Pinal County.  Not because he is gay (that’s immaterial) but because it appears that he abused his office and demonstrated one of the most egregious acts of hypocrisy possible.

The Phoenix New Times reports that Babeu was in a relationship with an individual and when that relationship ended, Babeu and his attorney threatened deportation of the individual if the relationship was exposed.  Babeu and his attorney denied that charge when asked by the Arizona Republic.

If, in fact, Babeu knew that his boyfriend was in the country illegally (the New Times story alludes to an expired visa) he had an obligation as a law enforcement officer to report that to the Feds.  That he didn’t, but then threatened to do so when the relationship ended, is an abuse of power.  It is hypocrisy because of his public pronouncements about illegal immigration and border security.

There is no question that his budding Congressional campaign is over.  Because it is a Republican primary in a conservative district, it’s likely that the thing that hurts him the most is that he was in a gay relationship.

However, that is not the scandal.  Let’s try this hypothetical.  He was in a relationship with a young lady from England who was here on a student or work visa and it expired.  The relationship sours, and he threatens her with deportation if she talks about the relationship.  It doesn’t sound as scandalous, but the abuse and hypocrisy remain.

I don’t give a rip about him being in a relationship with a man from Mexico.  I care that as a Republican, and someone who has repeatedly preached “the rule of law,” he abused his power and is a hypocrite.

For the sake of the party and for the sake of just doing the right thing, he should resign as Sheriff.


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  1. Sunni Triangulator

    Look, I am a Gosar supporter but doesn’t anyone else think this is just a classic below-the-belt outing? I’m hearing the dems are behind this one.

    This story, as Sean says, “alludes” to a lot of things but doesn’t really prove much.

    The guy has never claimed to be a traditional family man. Everyone knew he was gay. Sounds like he had a semi rough break-up but aren’t most breakups tough? And I’m not seeing blatant threats. He sent the guy a Christmas card? Give me a break.

  2. Vearl Haynes

    Heavens, we’ve NEVER known the New Times to get anything wrong. (For all you Obama lovers: that was sarcasm. We know you tend to believe everything you’re told.)

    An accusation in New Times should carry the same weight as a felony conviction! Off with his head!

  3. […] help his campaign for Congress. Calls for his resignation and/or for the end of his campaign—already being made in several quarters—will only increase, unless some profoundly mitigating new details surface. […]

  4. AzDesertTar

    Babeu being gay isn’t the issue. Babeu threatening to deport (name removed) after a lover’s tiff is the issue.

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