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Sheriff Paul Babeu Talks to CNN About Gay Rights, His Ex-Boyfriend's Allegations, His Relationship Status: VIDEO

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Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff and Republican congressional candidate Paul Babeu did a lengthy interview this afternoon with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the Mexican ex-boyfriend whose allegations of threats involving their relationship forced Babeu to come out of the closet over the weekend.

The full interview is about 10 minutes longer than this clip, which came near the end of it. Blitzer asks Babeu, since he now "openly gay", what his thoughts are about gay marriage and whether he might now join the Log Cabin Republicans.

Babeu says he "goes all Ron Paul" when it comes to gay marriage and says it's an issue that should be left up to the states. It's unclear whether he knows what the Log Cabin Republicans are, but replies "I'm sure" when asked if he would get involved with them. Blitzer also asks him if he's seeing anyone at the moment.

That clip, along with one about the allegations being made by his ex-boyfriend and another on his decision to leave the Romney campaign follow below.

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  1. "Mike in the Tundra" has a point Sheriff. Tattoo sports the M.O. of a Greedy Manipulative Bottom.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 21, 2012 8:46:21 AM


  2. Me, Me, Me; it's all about Me. I'm sure he's a pushy bottom; he's got the right 'tude going for that.

    Posted by: chasmader | Feb 21, 2012 8:50:13 AM


  3. "Bedroom activities" are why the Sheriff won't have his right-wing base at election time. They're not fond of men who mess around with other men (unless it's on the DL), particularly the very men they think are invading the country illegally.

    Equal rights are not about "bedroom activities"; they're about fairness under the law, something the Sheriff either doesn't understand or care about, much like some dimwitted commentators here.

    He can try to continue fraternizing with the right-wing Republicans he supports, but I suspect the CPAC invitation won't arrive in his mailbox now that his Republican buddies know he's been getting some Jose love all these years.

    I must say that I do admire the fact that he hasn't run off in shame yet. If he'd been honest all along and had reconsidered his political allies before the sh*t hit the fan, he'd probably be a happier man today, and one less likely to be out of a job and possibly on his way to prison.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 21, 2012 8:56:59 AM


  4. Forgot
    I still think he's going to win in Arizona, it's a different bird there and I think immigration is top. But in the debate I think he's going to be asked about gay issues like DOMA, I just wonder what he'll say. Arizona is very conservitive and "not cool" with some of us gays and our wants. He may side with them to win, both sides do it and that's when I think the community should rally against them (repubs and dems).

    I don't think they'll get the votes it override Hate crimes or DADT, but I think they will try. I also wonder what he thinks of Romney wanting to ban marriage with the constitution

    To have him stand up in congress and vote to keep DOMA or not instate ENDA would break heart

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 21, 2012 9:02:36 AM


  5. There something freaking scaring in this guy. On my point of view he still think that being gay is a shame that needs to be hidden. He's really attached to his fake image of a masculine, white, conservative male.

    Posted by: Luke | Feb 21, 2012 9:14:06 AM


  6. "States Rights" is a cowards position and this man is a a coward through and through. Our nation fought a civil war to put an end to the "States Right" to allow people to buy and sell people. What is right is right and remains right in all 50 states, regardless of the tyranny of the majority.

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 21, 2012 9:44:53 AM


  7. Just another publicity-seeking politician.

    Posted by: Perry | Feb 21, 2012 9:53:16 AM


  8. Well, he's running in a primary in a very conservative area, so I imagine he's in full campaign-lying mode. You get these local yokels who win office and then become deluded that they can win a much higher office, not realizing that primary elections require a lot of bowing and scraping before the party machinery. For all I know, this whole thing was orchestrated to kick him out of the race. The bf could have easily been paid off. The Sheriff is stupidly trying to win this thing when the party elite has already written him off (if they ever consider him at all), and it's making him look like a fool.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 21, 2012 9:58:18 AM


  9. People choose their religion - PERIOD! Homosexuals do not choose to be gay. SCREW FGREEDOM OF RELIGION - THAT BACKWARDS THINKING. Why do Jews want to belong to the synagogue? Because they want to be Jewish. HIS THINKING ABOUT FREEDOM OF RELIGION IS WRONG!

    HIS “LEAVE IS TO THE STATES” THEORY IS WRONG. WHAT – ARE WE GOING TO HAVE STATES THAT ALLOW NO BLACKS OR GAYS?

    GET RID OF HIM!

    Posted by: GRivera | Feb 21, 2012 10:15:17 AM


  10. I love being gay - screw religion, conservatives and THIS ASS!

    Posted by: GRivera | Feb 21, 2012 10:16:50 AM


  11. I wonder if this despicable, homophobic closet case understands that the GOP as a whole (especially Ron Paul) is waging a war on all gov't employees, trying to take away their pensions, benefits, etc? They just want to privatize everything, including public security, so they can turn them into for profit ventures, skimming off the profits and paying the employees minimum wage, with no job security or benefits...just like they have already done to the prison industry. GOP civil servants are right up there with LCR's, black regs, and female repugs, a bunch of self-hated, ignorant and mindless peons, working tirelessly towards their own doom.

    Posted by: Tina | Feb 21, 2012 11:17:38 AM


  12. So if only 5% of gays get married... in VT we had 1300 in-state couples with CUs by 2008... That would mean the gay population of Vermont is over 52,000! We don't even have any towns that big!

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 21, 2012 11:45:51 AM


  13. I have a problem with a sheriff who has sex ads online while working for law enforcement and WHO WAS PUBLICLY CLOSETED. He exposed himself to blackmail. Not smart for a law enforcement officer. That's enough to boot the guy from his job.

    Posted by: B-rod | Feb 21, 2012 11:49:17 AM


  14. I really wish people like him would shutup and disappear period. These hypocrites like Booboo here make the LGBT community look really bad and continue to propagate negative images of this community.People like this idiot just give the bigots more incentive : well this guys gay and he doesnt think gay marriage is relevant so the rest of them should think the same way he does after all its not a right and it should be up to the state barf gag etc.... Btw this booboo is an idiot are all self loathing gay guys as inarticulate and stupid as he is?

    Posted by: Kenny | Feb 21, 2012 12:10:50 PM


  15. @ Rick...well said! All your comments were right on. Thanks for posting.

    Posted by: Eileen | Feb 21, 2012 2:35:10 PM


  16. I don't know who is worse, Babeu or his apologists that has crawled out from under their rocks to post here... scum is scum no matter which way you look at it. A law officer who blackmails... now that is upstanding and admirable, huh... all you apologists? Gotta love him right? NOT!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Feb 21, 2012 2:42:11 PM


  17. It's simply false that he never pretended to be straight. The milieu he chose to live in is swimming in casual homophobia, and he always went the extra mile to join in. He denounced homosexuality as morally wrong, claimed he was interested in marrying (a woman), etc. He ran a jail in which LGBT people were routinely abused. He sidled up to gay bashers. All this is on record (the disadvantage of doing an interview a day for years is that you've got a very long record).

    He's a gifted sociopathic liar and can convince a lot of people of whatever he's saying at the moment, and now has no choice but to embrace being gay, but when he thought he could get away with it, he was happy to be one of the gay bashers. A very sick man.

    Posted by: Z | Feb 21, 2012 3:26:38 PM


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