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Sheriff Babeu Says He Is Gay, Isn't A Criminal, And Isn't Working For Romney Anymore

BabeauandJoseThe sad story of anti-immigrant Sheriff Babeu and his possibly-undocumented beau Jose went viral yesterday, and Sheriff Babeau had some stuff to say about it. From the Phoenix New Times:

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu ... announced at a press conference that he is a gay man and that he is no longer a part of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign.

"I called the Romney campaign, and I told him I'm going to step away from the campaign," Babeu told a crowd of reporters. He says the campaign told him: "We support your decision, sheriff."

Babeu was serving as the Arizona co-chair of the Mitt Romney for President campaign.

... The sheriff and congressional candidate said his personal life was none of anyone's business, and said a couple times during the press conference that it was "almost a relief" for his orientation to be out in the open.

Sheriff Babeau still denies the central charge made by his former lover, Jose, in the New Times story: That he threatened to have Jose deported if Jose didn't sign an agreement to never reveal the nature of his relationship with the sheriff.

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  1. I would like to *strongly* clarify that the views of PaulR are not from me, nor do I agree with them. I'm the Paul R with a space who posts comments (usually reasonable) all the time. I've never seen this other PaulR. If he continues to post with that name, I will change my screen name. Again, since I used to use my full name and got stalked by two people as a result.

    Also, Coco is an idiot.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 19, 2012 8:18:40 PM

  2. Racism in the LGBT community doesn't make any damn sense. What is wrong with so many people? Just stupid trolls?

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 19, 2012 8:19:56 PM

  3. Also, Judge Walker was known to be gay by anyone who had read about him. He wasn't insanely out, but he didn't lie either. And the SF Chronicle published an article about him being gay during the Prop 8 trial. Not after.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 19, 2012 8:31:13 PM

  4. Is there Republican candidate for anything who doesn't have a secret boyfriend? This is getting old. It's like the GOP is the closet of last resort for frustrated, insecure, self loathing, gay men.

    Posted by: Robert | Feb 19, 2012 9:59:17 PM

  5. Don Lemon announced on CNN that Babeu will be interviewed by Anderson Cooper on 360 on Monday night...

    I wonder if they will talk about coming out? Hum...what will Anderson have to say about that?

    Posted by: george F | Feb 19, 2012 11:03:11 PM


    Posted by: Shannon | Feb 20, 2012 12:41:57 AM

  7. Regarding police asking for ID (usually with the threat of arrest). The regulations regarding this vary by locale. Even neighboring towns will have differences. It can also vary by circumstance and setting. Failing to produce an ID is not normally considered a crime, but under administrative law might be subject to fines. The police (or indeed any executive or legal officer) do not need a reason to ask for an ID, nor do they have to be honest about the law requiring the producing of an ID when asked. This also gets down to common misunderstandings of what "arrest" means legally. A better word in many circumstances is "detained", with the word "arrest" used too loosely. The police (or other govt officials with certain authority) can detain anyone for any reason (or no reason) for typically up to 24 hours. This power is granted to help preserve "order" as in "law and order". What keeps people from being detained more often are practical considerations, such as the paperwork, the space to hold them and the political risks. Some parts of the country do make a lot more use of police detention authority than others, but you can't make any blanket predictions and having an ID or not will not make much difference. After all, IDs can be stolen or faked and involve two people with the same name or answering to the same description. Being detained by the police will not leave you with an "arrest record" such as might hurt your career, etc. The most common forms of detention involve material witnesses to a crime, that is, people who are not suspects and won't be charged with a crime but are needed to help an ongoing investigation.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 20, 2012 1:16:18 AM

  8. Another case of Republican= hypocrisy! I guess Harvey Milk was right to say come out where ever you are, because in the long run it hurts more when you are outed as both gay and a hypocrite while trying to live openly as a Republican!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacherj | Feb 20, 2012 6:55:43 AM

  9. It's getting to the point that when you hear someone in the GOP say anything, the opposite it true. Be it homosexuality, anti-immigration, torture, tax-fairness, terrorism, war, peace. It's only a matter of time before we find out that Santorum has had an affair with a poodle and Romney is actually a human being.

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 20, 2012 9:35:20 AM

  10. Who knows what details are actually true. I still believe in innocent until proven guilty... BUT - How could this man work for a campaign that doesn't want him or his (our) kind? I don't get it.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 20, 2012 12:33:00 PM

  11. Boo hoo another whiny hypocrite CAUGHT in the act. Any gay dude who supports these homophobes has serious issues period.Talk about shooting their OWN community in the foot.Big freaking deal hes no longer affiliated with MormonRomney if he hadn't been outed he would STILL be affiliated with him period.

    Posted by: Kenny | Feb 20, 2012 1:40:59 PM

  12. I thought it was funny that they quickly showed the sheriff's Adam4Adam page along with pic..

    Posted by: jblxxx | Feb 20, 2012 6:00:09 PM

  13. I agree with a simliar comment I read.
    This "less than a man" is a coward. He is just another 40+ coward,liar, hypocrite in the closet becuase he struggles. Hell he aint, he has been in relationships with me hasn't he? He, like these others, are just playing in two worlds: marry a woman and start a family: later you screw them; while all long having sex and relationships with men. I have been out for 30 years and it is always a struggle. Especially with hypocrites like him. Let along a right winged conservative supporting Romney?
    What message is this creep sending to struggling teens.
    Come on people this is 2012 America. He is nothing but a sissy. He makes my blood boil. And Babeu aint no man, he is not for doing this. Men like him are middle aged for crying out loud. He is not some high school or college teen/young man struggling with a deep-rooted fear for his life. He had access to services and information to help his if he was struggling with being gay. I feel he is nothing but a greedy bigoted adult coward. To do this to your friends, family and the community & country he serves. Why would you want a liar like this around in office? Vote him out.

    Posted by: KWMLOPES | Feb 21, 2012 1:26:49 PM

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