Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gay AZ sheriff Paul Babeu quits Romney campaign after Mexican ex-boyfriend, Jose, said Babeu's lawyer threatened to deport him; Babeu to John McCain in TV ad: "Senator, you're one of us!"

Update: Unblurred photo of Sheriff's handsome Mexican boyfriend surfaces. Uncut video of Babeu's press conference addressing the growing scandal.

Arizona Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, is now running for Congress but has been busted big time for his hypocrisy on immigration by the Phoenix New Times.
     While running as a keep-the-immigrants-out candidate for the House, the Fox News commentator and Tea Party darling was coming off a years-long affair with an undocumented Mexican, "Jose."
     When the relationship went south, Babeu's attorney, Chris DeRose, allegedly threatened to get Jose deported there, too.
     Towleroad reports:
Their relationship began to disintegrate after Jose discovered Babeu's profile on Adam4Adam and created a false profile to see if Babeu was amenable to an affair. After many messages and explicit photos exchanged between Babeu and Jose's alter-ego (including Babeu's self-portrait, above), Jose's alter-ego arranged a date with Babeu at a steak house. (Babeu told Jose's alter-ego to "pack an overnight bag.") Babeu showed up and was shocked to discover Jose in the parking lot.
New Times explained:
During the previous year, Jose says, Babeu e-mailed explicit photographs of himself to an anonymous man he met on the gay website.
     Jose knows this because he posed as this man after his suspicions resurfaced that Babeu was cheating on him.
     He shared with New Times photographs that he claims Babeu e-mailed to the anonymous love interest. In the photographs, the sheriff revealed himself shirtless, in his underwear, and naked from the waist down.
and quoted Jose's immigration attorney, Melissa Weiss-Riner
"If what [Babeu's attorney] says is correct [about Jose's being illegal], either the sheriff had a long relationship with someone he knew was undocumented, while all the time being Mr. Bluster about the border and using it for political gain," or he threatened to deport someone he just broke up with, Merritt says.
     "That's just the worst kind of hypocrisy."
     She adds that federal immigration-enforcement agents have better things to do than "take care of Babeu's boyfriends."
     Antonio Bustamante, a criminal defense attorney and immigration activist, tells New Times that if the allegations against Babeu are true, "To use a position of authority . . . and make legal threats opens a Pandora's box of ethics issues for any law enforcement person or any elected person. In this case, he's both."


  1. I see nothing wrong with this controversial topic. He choses to be what he wants to be. Can we leave him alone? All of this publicity is nothing but dirty politics. Leave the poor guy alone--he has done nothing wrong with who he is.

  2. While I get your larger point and agree, PLEEEEASE stop with the not-so-subtle "being-gay-is-a-choice" rhetoric.