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Sheriff Paul Babeu Discusses LGBT Issues, Said He's Talked to Log Cabin and GOProud

Pinal County, Arizona  Sheriff Paul Babeu gave an interview to the Washington Blade. In the interview with the Blade's Chris Johnson, Babeu talks about his intention to continue as a candidate despite the charges being leveled against him and also discussed various positions on LGBT issues.

Pl_babeuHe said he's been in contact with a few gay groups:

Since coming out, Babeu said he’s been in contact with numerous national LGBT leaders. Among them are heads of conservative groups: R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, and Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of GOProud.

Babeu said he’s reached out to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and has friends at the organization. On Saturday evening, Babeu said he was set to talk via phone with Chuck Wolfe, the Victory Fund’s CEO. Babeu said he hasn’t spoken to the Human Rights Campaign, but said he’s a member of the organization and is on its mailing list. The sheriff said he’s made contributions to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and has been a member “in the past.”

He said despite his support for LGBT issues, he voted early for Romney and will vote for Republican leadership if elected:

Despite his pledge to work as an LGBT advocate, as a Republican candidate, Babeu noted he would vote for Republican leadership if elected to the House. Under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), pro-LGBT initiatives have seen no progress.

Still, Babeu said he thinks pro-LGBT initiatives will be able to see movement in the 113th Congress even with Republicans in the majority if he’s elected because he’ll work to influence lawmakers.

One piece of legislation he had no comment on was UAFA, which deals with "enabling gay Americans to sponsor their foreign born same-sex partners for residency in the United States."

“To be honest with you, I haven’t read the legislation,” Babeu said. “I’d be happy to read it and give you an answer after that. You know where I stand on all these other issues, which are consistent with being an advocate for equality.”

Read the full interview here.

Last night, an Arizona news station reported that Babeu had once been in charge of a Massachusetts boarding school charged with abuse of its students and had once lived with a male student there against the advice of his sister.

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  1. Guess we don't all have your level of common sense, Rick. You're entitled to your opinions -- as off the wall as they are. You certainly seem obsessed about gays who are effeminate screaming queens. Where they anyway? I don't know any but send some my way cuz I hear they can be a lot of fun.

    There are plenty of great gay role models around, Rick. Just because you're not aware of them doesn't mean they don't exist. They do, but your experience & ideas have clearly been so limited you haven't had the opportunity to know otherwise. Well then I feel sorry for you. You need to get out more.

    Babeu is a sleaze. I doubt you're convincing anyone here of his greatness you seem to strangely believe in. But you do reveal yourself to be very limited in your ideas & certainly clueless about what you think you know about gays.

    Posted by: Swine | Feb 27, 2012 3:54:18 PM

  2. hey Jeff, specifics please. "perpetuate stereotypes"?

    what does that even mean? something being considered a "stereotype" doesn't mean that it's inherently negative.

    saying "eh?" is a Canadian stereotype. doesn't mean there are Canucks walking around like cowards saying "i'm canadian, but i'm not one of those canadians that says "eh?!!!"

    so, Jeff, how about you show yourself, eh?

    URL? where you show what a stong, manly empowered OUT gay man you are?

    ten bucks says you have a long-winded dismissal for not providing one.

    wanna prove me wrong? actually PROVE me wrong - provide the URL to your own page or youtube video.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 3:57:38 PM

  3. According to Rick, "there are still almost no 'out' prominent gay people in any field other than the stereotypical ones like fashion design."

    I'll start this off, and other posters can follow up until we blow the doorknob off Rick's closet. This may be a difficult task, since Rick probably has a very broad notion of which jobs are 'the stereotypical ones,' and even though he says "people," he's probably just thinking of men, but lets rise to the challenge:
    -Greg Louganis: Olympic diver
    -Rachel Maddow: journalist and news host
    -Dan Choi: soldier
    -Barney Frank: lying, swindling politician
    -Gene Robinson: Episcopal Bishop (let's hear Rick argue that he's not prominent!)
    Those are the first five I thought of off the top of my head. Post five of your own (or only one or two, if that's all you can think of). Rick will probably be dismissive of any kind of artist, but even without all the actors, writers, and musicians who are out, successful, and inarguably "prominent," we can still swamp him. Go.

    Posted by: Dan | Feb 27, 2012 4:02:53 PM

  4. how about those of you on here who are perpetuating the stereotype that Gay Republicans are are testicle-free cowards who can't put a name and face to your comments, nor a face to the Gay Community?

    truly. there's a stereotype if i ever saw one. gay republicans who are only "Out" after being dragged kicking and screaming from the Closet. gay republicans who screech furiously about "femmes" and "liberals" while not having the balls to show by Example how to live Out and proud.

    very telling.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 4:10:41 PM

  5. don't ask for lists, ask for proof :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 4:14:43 PM

  6. Dave Geffen: Billionaire Music Executive but that may not count since it's the music industries :-).

    Chris Hughes: Co-founder Facebook

    Jonathan Capehart: MSNBC Political Analyst

    Just to add a few of many...

    Posted by: Belthazar | Feb 27, 2012 4:21:26 PM

  7. It's sure going to be interesting to see who's campaigning on behalf of Babeu. No self-respecting gay person, liberal or conservative, would support a misinformed (on gay issues) hypocrite who's spent his political career cozying up with homophobes like John McCain and the nuts at CPAC. (And this is discounting the ethics of his sexual shenanigans.) No liberal would support someone who has such a rigid stance on immigration, especially since Mr. Tough-Talker secretly likes getting banged by immigrants. And few conservatives, his only real base, are likely to want to support a fresh-from-the-closet gay guy with a sordid soap opera sex life. He's brave to plow on, so to speak, given the accumulating baggage (and you know there will be more), though if (liberal!) Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress over a few racy Tweets, then I doubt the Republican party's going to want Babeu on their team. May the saga continue . . . keep the popcorn popping.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 27, 2012 4:28:52 PM

  8. 1.Ricky Martin,performer 2. Neil Patrick,actor. 3.Garreth Thomas Rugby player, 4.Billie Jean king 5.Martina Navrotilova ( tennis legends)6.Nate Burkus Talk show host.... To name a few.

    Posted by: Misael | Feb 27, 2012 4:33:33 PM

  9. Rick you're on the witch hunt again, not cool dude. The far right's coming out

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 27, 2012 4:42:06 PM

  10. Ernie
    He did come out in favor of the "standard" lgbt issuse. Although I think he's dead wrong on mittens, he's not going to be a friend

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 27, 2012 4:51:31 PM

  11. I love how Babeu thinks that Congress will actually give a crap about LGBT issues once he is elected. I really hope this guy doesn't get elected. Even though I am a Democratic, I would hope the first LGBT GOP in Congress would be on the level and not have to be forced from the closet. I wish just one journalist would point out to Babeu that if it wasn't for the article in the Phoenix New Times, he would still be in the closet. Not even the Blade did it. Sigh...

    Posted by: KP | Feb 27, 2012 4:53:15 PM

  12. On a side note ...

    There was an interview with Paul Babeu where he said he was sexually assaulted by a Priest at a young age and that when reported to authorities it was covered up.

    Has anyone done any investigating on this horrible revelation ?

    @Sara ... thanks for the DADT interview info ... Babeu did say that he supported the repeal and I'm glad to stand corrected.

    Posted by: JONES | Feb 27, 2012 4:56:20 PM

  13. Stephen Sondheim
    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
    Sir Ian McKellen
    Patrice Chereau
    Alan Bennett
    Dennis Cooper
    Gus Van Sant
    Tom Kalin
    Greg Araki
    Michael Tilson Thomas
    Edmund White
    John Ashbery
    Kenward Elmslie
    Thomas Passatieri
    John Corigliano
    William H. Hoffman
    Robert Wilson
    Jean-Claude Van Italie
    Craig Lucas

    just off the top of my head

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 27, 2012 5:18:28 PM

  14. Ignore it. It will go away.

    Posted by: William | Feb 27, 2012 6:28:42 PM

  15. Hey kiwi, want a negative stereotype? You're gonna need a mirror!

    And why in the hell would I want someone like you to know anything about me? I'm out and proud without being anything like you. Yeah!!!

    (And I do notice that you never respond to comments, just hurl accusations. Ya, just like Fox News.)

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 27, 2012 6:47:08 PM

  16. i call your bluff, Jeff.

    you're perpetuating a truly pathetic stereotype that is utterly steeped in reality: insecure and closeted right-wing gay males who don't have the balls to live open, Out, and authentic lives.

    nobody said you had to be "like me" - it just speaks volumes that you can't man up and be visible.

    so, again, I call your bluff.

    no url to your own page or video? of course not, you coward.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2012 6:55:43 PM

  17. All these lists of prominent gay men, and not one mention of Tim Cook? He's only the most powerful man in the business world.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 27, 2012 7:13:17 PM

  18. Sorry Sheriff Babeu your rising star in the Taliban Lite Republian party just imploded. Those Taliban Lite types don't cotton to homosexuals. They know that you deliberately chose to be homosexual and that is contrary to god's law as written in the "good" book. Mabye the Log Cabin republicans can help you because we know how much influence they have in that wing nut party.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 27, 2012 8:24:36 PM

  19. Jeff
    I get the more then one issue, I understand that. I have many leanings that would pull me from the left.
    Question if I may
    When the issue is personal how do you not vote that way? Not looking for a fight just can't understand that. That goes both ways, if this guy was running against an anti gay democrat I'd be voting for my first republican.
    If a candidate was great with money, national defense, overall economy etc but was anti gay to the hills how do I vote For them.
    I'm not saying this is the situation here just in general. Idk

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 27, 2012 8:36:04 PM

  20. After reading all that is out there about this man who happens to be gay - I would not vote for him. His history does not exhibit an honorable person to hold an elected office or any trusted position in contact with young men. Yet remember what we knew of Clinton's reputation, he was elected twice. I question if we knew about JFK, would he have been elected?

    Posted by: RichB in PS | Feb 27, 2012 8:41:16 PM

  21. As an Hispanic gay male who was a Republican through college, Babeu appeals to me in all the wrong ways. But why can't he see that while he might not believe he has left the Republican Party, why can't he see that today's Republican will have nothing to do with his/our kind?

    Posted by: starshipcaptain | Feb 28, 2012 4:33:45 AM

  22. The problem I have with articles on men like Babeu is that people are saying he came out. He didn't come out. He was outed. Big difference. If his immigrant ex hadn't come forward, he'd be the same closet case he always was.

    Also, GOProud and Log Cabin Rethuglican'ts? Color me unsurprised. These types are so predictable..

    Posted by: Shannon 1981 | Feb 28, 2012 9:06:39 PM

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    Posted by: PAVEL | Mar 19, 2012 10:50:17 AM

  24. As with the spotlight cast on the misogyny championed by Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann, equal opportunity accountability with respect to homphobia and intellectual fascism is needed now more than ever. So much of the ostensibly open-minded liberal reaction to the Babeu "controversies" simply illustrates how deeply the fissures created by progressivism's identity politics extend. The Democratic party's core constituencies practice a cycle of metaphorical domestic violence, and opportunistically prey upon those very constituencies when they do not conform to the proscribed draconian Democratic ethos:

    Posted by: Atlanta | Apr 12, 2012 12:18:24 AM

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