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Ariz sheriff says he's gay after misconduct claims
AP via SFGate ^ | 2/18/12 | BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press

Posted on 02/18/2012 6:11:41 PM PST by SmithL

A sheriff seeking the GOP nomination for an Arizona congressional seat was forced to confirm he is gay Saturday and resigned from presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Arizona committee amid allegations of misconduct made by a man with whom he previously had a relationship.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu denied claims he tried to threaten the man, a Mexican immigrant and a former campaign volunteer, with deportation if their past relationship was made public. The man's allegations were first published Friday in The New Times, a Phoenix alternative weekly magazine.

Babeu, a first-term sheriff who has risen to national prominence with his strong opposition to illegal immigration and smuggling, said the accusations were an attempt to hurt his political career.

He vowed to continue his campaign in Arizona's rural western 4th Congressional District seat, but said he had called presidential candidate Mitt Romney's staff to say he would step down from his post as state campaign co-chair.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; babeu; homosexualagenda; leo; pinalcounty; romney
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1 posted on 02/18/2012 6:11:47 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Which way will Romney go with this scandal ? Pretend he is very conservative ? or not upset his gay lobby friends ?

Will the REAL Mitt Romney stand up and make it plain to everyone in what you stand for ?
2 posted on 02/18/2012 6:16:43 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: SmithL; MaryLou1; glock rocks; JPG; Graewoulf; VinceASA; Monkey Face; RIghtwardHo; ...
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3 posted on 02/18/2012 6:16:59 PM PST by narses
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To: SmithL
Babeu, a first-term sheriff who has risen to national prominence with his strong opposition to illegal immigration and smuggling, said the accusations were an attempt to hurt his political career.

I did not think much of Babeu ever since he made an ad touting McCain. It was an ad with them walking along the border. Nothing to do with his being gay.

4 posted on 02/18/2012 6:20:19 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: SmithL

>>Ariz sheriff says he’s gay after misconduct claims <<

So he was straight before the misconduct claims?


5 posted on 02/18/2012 6:22:59 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: American Constitutionalist

The same gay lobby that routinely disrupts Romney’s campaign events? I don’t think the gay lobby has much use for Romney.


6 posted on 02/18/2012 6:23:34 PM PST by MissesBush (Raising taxes on an economy in a death spiral is like taking up smoking when you have emphysema)
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To: SmithL

He doesn’t seem to be a gay activist, and he appears to be a good sheriff, who does his job. But his conservative credentials and anti-illegal immigrant position would seem to be undermined by his endorsement of first McCain and then Romney.

It also sounds as if the guy he hooked up with was a pretty bad pick, a lying blackmailer.


7 posted on 02/18/2012 6:25:19 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: MissesBush
I don't think being homo disqualified him from holding public office or from running under the GOP banner.

Now, if he had a "Gay Rights" agenda that would be much, much different.

8 posted on 02/18/2012 6:26:36 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: SmithL

What will hussein dunham do about the larry sinclair, donald young scandals??


9 posted on 02/18/2012 6:32:23 PM PST by biggredd1
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To: Mariner

If this very scenario does not spell out in 50 foot letters exactly WHY closeted/Homosexual GOP and even DEM members are a problem, I am not sure what does.

Think maybe there are a few at the congress/Senate level and perhaps blackmail is the reason they are so quick to roll over to Dem/Lib demands?

I do.


10 posted on 02/18/2012 6:37:31 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: Norm Lenhart
"If this very scenario does not spell out in 50 foot letters exactly WHY closeted/Homosexual GOP and even DEM members are a problem, I am not sure what does."

I didn't think of that angle, and I think you're RIGHT.

That's why homos didn't used to be able to get security clearances.

11 posted on 02/18/2012 6:42:25 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SmithL.
...amid allegations of misconduct made by a man with whom he previously had a relationship.
Mitt "Gay Marriage" Romney needs to dump or get off his rump; instead, he'll either ignore it, or less probably double down.


12 posted on 02/18/2012 6:51:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Mariner; Hildy

First of all, agenda or no, the man destroyed himself by not being honest. I agree he has had a spotless career, military and otherise, but if a man’s soul is set out to rot, only rot can come of it. He gave in to his basest instincts and in the process, erased all the good he has ever done.

And Hildy, I was upset that you posted this originally because I don’t think the man did what he was accused of, but that is neither here nor there. To thine own self be true, and if he wanted our trust, he should have been honest with us. So I apologize for my anger.


13 posted on 02/18/2012 6:51:34 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Mariner

Yup, exactly. History is filled with examples. Most people never stop to think about where the old phrase “Caught with a dead girl or a live boy” came from. It came from Politicians being caught with dead girls and live (IE Homosexual) ‘boys’.

The incentive for a closeted or even open homosexual to give in to blackmail is myriad. Thats why Sec clearances were only given to the most ‘stable’ and upstanding - once upon a time. One practically had to out-straight and narrow the Pope to get one. Today, they are seemingly given for the opposite - and so you get compromised/compromisable people in positions they ought not be in.

By design.


14 posted on 02/18/2012 6:55:49 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: biggredd1
Babeu was rock solid on immigration. Rather shocked by the revelations.
15 posted on 02/18/2012 7:23:00 PM PST by GoMU
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To: SunkenCiv

Breitbart Video of Paul holding a press conference.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DLsq1LZkfU


16 posted on 02/18/2012 7:40:50 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: GoMU

“Babeu was rock solid on immigration. “

So now we’re going to throw away another conservative all by ourselves, no actual election necessary. The liberals win again.


17 posted on 02/18/2012 8:15:27 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: SmithL

18 posted on 02/18/2012 8:18:16 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Cicero

To me, being a closeted gay disqualifies him immediately. You see the reasons. And, being a closeted gay who was forced out also disqualifies him. What else will he lie about?


19 posted on 02/18/2012 8:34:46 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: BlazingArizona

Call me conservative and not McCain supporter nor Romney, but I still support Sheriff Paul as he supports his county, our State and our Nation. Sexual orientation doesn’t play into that. Sexually molested as a young boy for years by a priest could well have scarred him.


20 posted on 02/18/2012 8:45:20 PM PST by kactus
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To: Cicero

Evidence that being a homosexual is a huge disqualification for public service. Especially a Sheriff.


21 posted on 02/18/2012 8:45:58 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: kactus

Most homosexuals were molested when young.

Another article said that the Mexican former sex partner is illegal and that Babeau threatened to have him deported.

Babeau is a POS.


22 posted on 02/18/2012 8:48:14 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: SmithL

New Times, the free newspaper doing the reporting that the ones you pay for are afraid to.


23 posted on 02/18/2012 8:49:28 PM PST by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: BlazingArizona; GoMU

Rock solid except that his Mexican former sex partner was illegal, Babeau threatened to have him deported.


24 posted on 02/18/2012 8:51:55 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: GoMU
Rather shocked by the revelations.

Yeah. Admitting to a relationship of anal and oral sex with a Mexican man is a shocking revelation alrighty.

25 posted on 02/18/2012 8:57:25 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Mariner

Being a homo is by definition mentally ill. County Sheriffs should not be mentally ill.


26 posted on 02/18/2012 8:57:43 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: SmithL
Previous thread on this subject here...

Paul Babeu's Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff's Attorney Threatened Him With Deportation

27 posted on 02/18/2012 9:15:43 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Mariner

“I don’t think being homo disqualified him from holding public office or from running under the GOP banner.”

It should, if he hides it. Then he’s no different than having a felony arrest in his background, or a fake college degree - all it takes is someone to out him, or threaten to (example, look at what’s going on with Lindsey Graham).

We can do better. There are a lot of STRAIGHT conservatives not subject to this kind of blackmail.


28 posted on 02/18/2012 9:36:57 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: BobL

He’s not hiding it now.


29 posted on 02/18/2012 9:46:07 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: GoMU

He “caught” it from the dyke behind his left shoulder.


30 posted on 02/18/2012 10:30:27 PM PST by fwdude
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To: MestaMachine

No problem. I know the guy and I like him. I spent some time with him last month and he is charismatic. he lights up a room. I knew he was gay a long time ago and I don’t care. HOWEVER, it appears he is a bit reckless and that is what gets politicians in trouble.


31 posted on 02/18/2012 10:46:05 PM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: BlazingArizona

There is a real conservative in the Congressional race. His name is Senator Ron Gould. Google him and I think you will be impressed.


32 posted on 02/18/2012 10:50:36 PM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: Hildy

A liar who hides who he is and threatens those who get in his way should not be in government - especially law enforcement - regardless of charisma. In fact the charisma is a big part of how he got away with his vile mode of operating - a tough-on-immigration sheriff whose has homosex with an illegal immigrant and then threatens him with deportation only because he might expose the sheriff’s homosex.

What goes on in your head to “know” he was closeted (thus deceptive all day long every day, and asking those who figured it out to prop up the lie) yet to trust that somehow he and his inner circle and underlings would have integrity in their duties?


33 posted on 02/18/2012 11:55:52 PM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: Notwithstanding
A far-left newspaper says he threatened Jose with deportation. Here is the proof they published that Babeu threatened to deport him...

Paul Babeu's Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff's Attorney Threatened Him With Deportation

In one series of texts Jose provided, the sheriff himself appears to be threatening his former lover:

Babeu: "You can never have business after this and you will harm me and many others in the process . . . including yourself & your family."

Babeu followed with: "And you say you have loved me? Papi . . . this is no good."

Jose responded: "Good threats. Wont work. Im already hurt me . . . and you didn't care."

Then later:

Jose: "Dont threat me. Thats illegal. Im just speaking . . . true."

Babeu: "You have crossed the line. Better get an attorney. You brother will also be contacted."

Soon after, DeRose sent an e-mail directly to Jose ordering him to "cease and desist."

Babeu contended during the press conference that his attorney was contacting Jose and Jose's lawyer about Jose's tampering with campaign websites, that there were never any threats about Jose's getting deported -- but Jose and Weiss-Riner dispute the sheriff's claim.

I don't see any threat to deport him in that but if that's good enough for you then what the hey!

34 posted on 02/19/2012 12:27:50 AM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Cicero

“It also sounds as if the guy he hooked up with was a pretty bad pick, a lying blackmailer.”

I’m sorry but I can’t let this comment stand in the light of the facts. I read the whole article in the Arizona papers.

The Mexican kid was being used. He suspected his lover Babeu was cheating on him so he used an alias on some gay website and chatted with Babeu. Babeu didn’t realize he was chatting with his lover, the Mexican kid.

Babeu sent naked pictures of himself to this ‘alias’ and when he arranged to meet him discovered it was his lover. That ended the relationship.

If there was any blackmailing going on, it was mutual. The Mexican kid was hurt and deceived and wanted to get back at Babeu, but Babeu, with the force of the law on his side, counter-blackmailed him with threats of deportation. That’s real blackmail.

I’m totally against illegal immigration, but there is no need to exploit these people. Babeu knew what he was getting into dating an illegal in the first place.

Babeu may be a great sheriff, but he’s not a good person in my book; and it’s not because he’s gay. It’s about how you treat people.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2012-02-16/news/paul-babeu-s-mexican-ex-lover-says-sheriff-s-attorney-threatened-him-with-deportation/


35 posted on 02/19/2012 7:00:40 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: BlazingArizona
So now we’re going to throw away another conservative all by ourselves, no actual election necessary. The liberals win again.

Exactly! I also live in AZ and ILLEGAL immigration is at the top of my issue list. Sheriff Babeu has been rock solid on this issue. As long as he is not an IN-YOUR-FACE gay person, he still has my support.

Isn't it amazing how many narrow-minded FReepers there are.

36 posted on 02/19/2012 7:29:00 AM PST by SMM48
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To: BobL

A lot of straight conservatives not sticking their necks out, like this sheriff is. That’s the problem.


37 posted on 02/19/2012 7:33:07 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: Notwithstanding
First of all, I am not supporting Sheriff Babeu. I support the real conservative in the District 4 Congressional Race, my friend, State Senator Ron Gould. I met the Sheriff because he came to my County and I am the 1st Vice Chair of the County Party (Ron Gould is the Chairman) and President of the Colorado River Republican Women, thus I welcome all Republicans as a Party Officer and Republican Club President. Him being gay wasn't really a secret...everyone who follows this stuff knew. In fact, I had a conversation with that Chris DeRose about it. The Sheriff himself didn't talk about it, which is what we say we want, right? I do not care what people do behind closed doors...as long as they do not advocate it for everyone and try to convince me and Society that we should accept it as normal. By all accounts, that was how he led his life.

I don't know if this story is true, I am suprised his camp wasn't ready for it. Obviously, by the response here, there are a lot of Republicans who still will judge only on that. My problem, besides the fact I support someone else of course, is that all of it seems so reckless. I personally believe homosexuality is a sexual deviance, and that urge seems to trump everything, including good sense. Trolling for anonymous sex on the internet when you plan on running for a Federal position just doesn't seem like good sense. Right? And the stuff I read on his profile there is more than I really ever needed or wanted to know about him, if you catch my drift. That all being said, I don't take what a jilted lover says at face value either, man or woman.

I don't know how this will end or if it will cripple him. We live in a strange time. Maybe if he were running back East it wouldn't be a big deal. But this is Arizona, and not just Arizona, but Mohave County which is one of the most Conservative Counties in the Country. I just don't know.

But the best man for Congress is Ron Gould. And he needs money, so if anyone here wants to guarantee a good, Conservative, 100% Goldwater Institute record Conservative, help him out. You won't regret it.
RON GOULD FOR CONGRESS

38 posted on 02/19/2012 1:17:12 PM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: TigersEye

My comments primarily and unabashedly decry the sheriff’s lifestyle of deception.

I also noted it would be “especially” problematic if the sheriff was also abusing his office by threatening to deport one of his former homosexual lovers.

For most common-sense people, a lifestyle of deception is a vice that disqualifies a person for public office.


39 posted on 02/19/2012 4:53:31 PM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: Notwithstanding

Your comments primarily and unabashedly swallow and regurgitate an evidence-free accusation made by a jilted lover as reported by a far-left rag.


40 posted on 02/19/2012 4:58:17 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

The sheriff is a lying fag with a flaming gay lifestyle.

Apparently you are okay with that.

And you think all others must agree with you.


41 posted on 02/19/2012 6:00:56 PM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: Notwithstanding
The allegations were made by a flaming faggot illegal alien who was spurned and his story, minus even a shred of evidence, was reported by a flaming far-left rag of a newspaper that alters articles after they have been published and, apparently, you are OK with that.

Tells me all I ever need to know about you.

42 posted on 02/19/2012 6:11:57 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: SmithL

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U G L Y !
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43 posted on 02/19/2012 6:17:38 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Or in the case of Nelson Rockefeller, being caught dead with a live girl.


44 posted on 02/19/2012 6:21:45 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: nascarnation

That’s a career ender fer shur!


45 posted on 02/19/2012 6:22:53 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: little jeremiah

>> “Being a homo is by definition mentally ill. County Sheriffs should not be mentally ill.” <<

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B I N G O !
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46 posted on 02/19/2012 6:25:02 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: SmithL

I remember this guy receiving a “death threat” from the cartels. Me thinks he likes being in the limelight...a lot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qld4Tr4LKgA


47 posted on 02/19/2012 6:33:13 PM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: Hildy

Hildy, I totally agree with you on Ron Gould. That man should be running for president. And I totally disagree with you about not caring what he does in private...because he is NOT doing it in private. As I said above...

“If this very scenario does not spell out in 50 foot letters exactly WHY closeted/Homosexual GOP and even DEM members are a problem, I am not sure what does.

Think maybe there are a few at the congress/Senate level and perhaps blackmail is the reason they are so quick to roll over to Dem/Lib demands?”

Now since I’m your down-river Topock neighbor and fellow right-winger, though we may not always agree here on FR, I would ask that in the future, you give the above statement of fact due consideration in the party’s future dealings on this issue.


48 posted on 02/19/2012 6:44:19 PM PST by Norm Lenhart (Normie: Wandering Druid, Cult of Palin)
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To: editor-surveyor

It’s really quite simple.


49 posted on 02/19/2012 6:51:39 PM PST by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell)
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To: TigersEye

You stand foursquare behind a gay man.

Good on ya.


50 posted on 02/19/2012 6:58:04 PM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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