Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu—who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration—threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship, the former boyfriend and his lawyer tell New Times.... "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."
You may remember Sheriff Babeu from John McCain's "build the danged fence" campaign ad:
New Times has pictures of Babeu embracing his possibly-undocumented Mexican lover (slipping a hand into the BF's open shirt) and screen grabs from Babeu's alleged Adam4Adam profile. Babeu is a frequent guest on Fox News, a Republican candidate for an Arizona congressional seat, and an alleged cocksucking hypocrite. Babeu spoke with The Arizona Republicabout the allegations:
Babeu declined to respond to questions about whether he and the man had had a romantic relationship, saying he would not discuss his personal life.... In the New Times article, the man describes a romantic relationship that ended after he saw what he said was Babeu's profile on a gay dating website. The article included photos, including some that appeared to be of Babeu shirtless, and described other, more revealing photos. It also showed text messages that the man claimed showed discussions he had with Babeu last year. The article said the text messages appeared to come from Babeu's work cellphone.
When asked if the text messages or photos described in the New Times article were authentic, Babeu said that was a private issue that he would not go into. DeRose said some things in the story were inaccurate or exaggerated, but he would not provide details, saying it would further the "falsehoods." When asked how Jose came to work on his campaign, Babeu said, "I had known him. ... I had seen him on a personal level."
Republicans do believe in a right to privacy—but only for themselves. Babeu was the front runner in the GOP primary for a new AZ congressional seat. Now he's toast.
UPDATE: Via TPM: Sheriff Babeu was warmly received a few days at CPAC...
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! There's Babeu talking to the homophobes at CPAC—they banned GOProud from attending this year—about how he's a "first responder" in our "illegal immigration crisis." A blowjob isn't the kind of "first response" the bigots at CPAC had in mind, Sheriff Babeu.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on Saturday denied allegations that he and his attorney threatened to deport a Mexican former boyfriend of Babeu's unless the man agreed not to disclose the relationship. Babeu said the allegations are "completely false" and that the only information mentioned in a Phoenix New Times article that's true is "I'm gay."
"This was the way, the hook of how this could be brought out (his sexuality) and to malign and attack a sheriff who does stand for conservative principles," said Babeu at a press conference outside his department's headquarters in Florence.
The anti-illegal-immigration sheriff was standing up for conservative principals and bending over for a boyfriend who might be an illegal immigrant. Which means that the sheriff either doesn't believe the crap he spews about illegal immigration or... um... maybe the sheriff was intercepting his ex-boyfriend's sperm so he couldn't use it to make an anchor baby? Whatever it was, let's make sure there's a Paul Babeu Memorial Glory Hole in that danged fence.
While it’s remarkable to see a Republican figure of national stature publicly embrace his homosexuality, and give such a forceful conservative defense of gay rights, that’s not the real issue here. As far as we can tell Paul Babeu has never taken any public positions contrary to his now very public homosexuality.
People are presumed to be straight if they don't identify themselves as gay. And unless a guy is wearing a dress or a girl is holding a wrench, straight is the default assumption. (Not all dress-wearing men are gay, not all wrench-wielding women are lesbians.) But a man who goes to CPAC and insists that he's the only "real conservative" in his race, a man who IDs himself on his campaign website as a "true conservative," is going to be presumed to be straight by the kind of assholes who attend CPAC and by the kind of assholes who vote in GOP primaries. But the assumptions don't end there. In this political climate, with "conservative" now synonymous with political homophobia, a man who claims to be a "true conservative" doesn't just default straight. He defaults bigoted. Conservative voters will assume he holds anti-gay political beliefs and they will expect him to vote anti-gay should he be elected to office. So Sheriff Babeu stood to benefit politically—and may have actively sought to benefit politically—from the assumption that he was 1. straight and 2. anti-gay.
The sheriff's self-serving, political-deathbed conversion to "forceful" pro-gay-rights arguments notwithstanding, fact is Babeu has taken a "public [position] contrary to his now very public homosexuality." He allowed CPACers and bigoted GOP basers to assume he was one of them—anti-illegal, anti-choice, anti-gay, and all the other anti's that are now assumed when someone calls himself a "true conservative." And just because Babeu is standing up for gay rights now—now—doesn't mean he would stood up for gay rights, or voted in favor of gay rights, if he had gotten presumed-to-be-straight-ass elected. Based on the voting records of other closet cases who made it to congress, odds are good that a still-successfully-closeted Babeu would've been a reliable vote against LGBT rights.