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Anti-Immigration Sheriff Paul Babeu's Gay Affair With Undocumented Immigrant

SheriffBabeuSheriff Paul Babeu, of Pinal County, AZ, is one of the most recognized faces of American anti-immigration sentiment. He's been a FOX News regular. He appeared in a John McCain campaign ad calling for a border fence. In January, Babeu announced his run for the United States Congress in a macho press release headed "It's Time For a New Sheriff In Washington," in which he decried the "400,000 illegal crossings into our state every year."

Well. According to a story broken this week in the Phoenix New Times, Babeu spent much of the last decade in a long-term gay relationship with an undocumented immigrant named Jose, whom Babeu threatened with deportation after their relationship ended.

From The Phoenix New Times:

He says [Babeu's] lawyer Chris DeRose demanded he sign an agreement that he would never breathe a word about the affair. But Jose (New Times is withholding his last name because Babeu and his attorney have challenged his legal status) refused.

The 34-year-old from central Mexico charges that the sheriff's lawyer warned against mentioning the affair with Babeu. DeRose said gossip about Babeu would focus attention on Jose, attention that could result in his deportation, Jose says.

... Babeu didn't respond to requests for comment by publication time for this article, but his attorney, DeRose, says the dispute between Jose and the sheriff concerned Jose's work on Babeu's websites. He says Jose was a former volunteer who hacked into a campaign website.

DeRose didn't immediately address the other claims against him and the sheriff, except to say, "I never threatened to deport anybody" and that "[Babeu's] not threatening anybody."

Babeu and Jose allegedly met on Gay.com in 2006. At some point, Jose began doing web work for Babeu, maintaining his campaign websites, Facebook profile and Twitter feed. Their relationship began to disintegrate after Jose discovered Babeu's profile on Adam4Adam and created a false profile to see if Babeu was amenable to an affair. After many messages and explicit photos exchanged between Babeu and Jose's alter-ego (including Babeu's self-portrait, above), Jose's alter-ego arranged a date with Babeu at a steak house. (Babeu told Jose's alter-ego to "pack an overnight bag.") Babeu showed up and was shocked to discover Jose in the parking lot.

After the couple split, Jose began posting disparaging remarks about Babeu online. Texts exchanged by the men during that time are both sad and illuminating. From New Times:

Jose shared text messages between him and Babeu with New Times. A September 4, 2011, text from the sheriff reads: "You can never have business after this and you will harm me and many others in the process . . . including yourself & your family."

A couple of minutes later, 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."

They exchanged more texts on September 6.

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."

Since then, Jose claims he's been a constant target of harassment by Babeu and his lawyer. New Times writer Monica Alonzo solicited comment from Nancy Jo-Merritt, a "long-time Phoenix immigration attorney":

"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."

She adds that federal immigration-enforcement agents have better things to do than "take care of Babeu's boyfriends."

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  1. there is nothing shocking whatsoever about this story. and that's sad.

    a right-wing white homosexual suck-up with a horrid tattoo who hates Brown Folks as long as they're not polishing his knob.

    wow. what a shocker.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 18, 2012 1:21:24 PM

  2. Every time I saw this guy on TV here in AZ I thought wow this guy gives off that gay vibe we all know so well. I even mentioned it yesterday to some friends while on a drive in his "turf."

    Posted by: Steen | Feb 18, 2012 1:22:00 PM

  3. Why are so many young guys in the USA going bald? Most be something in the food you all eat.

    Posted by: Oliver | Feb 18, 2012 1:25:41 PM

  4. Between this dickwad and Michael Berry, I'm not so much liking caucasian homos these days.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 18, 2012 1:37:31 PM

  5. Gosh. His body did what his public image opposed. Embarrased perhaps? Hypocrite?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 18, 2012 1:38:59 PM

  6. Michael Berry. This guy. Is it Gay Christmas?

    Posted by: Jcrayst | Feb 18, 2012 1:39:35 PM

  7. Oh, this is a gift of irony! Double hypocrisy is so rare.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 18, 2012 1:40:44 PM

  8. Amen Kiwi, amen. Steen I thought the same thing. Every time that McLame ad he was in came on, I thought, "does the dinosaur know he is being supported by a big 'mo?" Of course, here in AZ it will be swept under the rug as biased, liberal, smear tactics and he will keep on towing the party line.

    Posted by: Kenneth | Feb 18, 2012 1:44:17 PM

  9. The New face of the Ex Gay movement and i am guessing the "New" Face of GOProud!!!

    Posted by: aj | Feb 18, 2012 1:44:56 PM

  10. So someone here illegally says something to hurt the reputation of a legal resident who is in a position to deport the person who is here illegally. I see; and we should believe the illegal because.....? I can't seem to find any solid proof on his accusations. Oh well, I understand that nobody would read this blog if you always waited for proof before passing on "news". The National Enquirer has the same problem.

    Maybe next year you could feature him, along with Fonda and Manning, marching with the Communists' Party in the Bay of Pigs Celebration.

    I've noticed that this blog seems to feature people who pick and choose which laws they follow. That might be a bad thing if some people decide to take the same approach regarding laws enacted to protect the rights of gay people.

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 18, 2012 1:45:58 PM

  11. @ Jeff
    Jose's lawyer said he is here legally. Nancy Jo-Merritt was speculating on comments made by Babeu's lawyer.

    Posted by: John | Feb 18, 2012 1:59:28 PM

  12. Like sand through an hourglass, so are the gays of our lives.

    Posted by: MalaysianHO | Feb 18, 2012 1:59:59 PM

  13. This is the worst-kept gay Arizona secret since Jim Kolbe. In Babeu's case, he hates on Mexicans by day and loves them oh-so-much by night. And he's not naturally bald -- he shaves daily.

    Posted by: Lee | Feb 18, 2012 2:04:04 PM

  14. From October 13, 2011: Mitt Romney Announces Support of Sheriff Paul Babeu: http://mittromney.com/news/press/2011/10/mitt-romney-announces-support-sheriff-paul-babeu

    With a nice picture of Mitt, Paul, and Dan Quayle here: http://www.firstpost.com/topic/person/mitt-romney-former-us-vice-president-dan-quayle-c-walks-wi-image-0f8F6KtbyG6wx-4280-1.html

    Posted by: Lee | Feb 18, 2012 2:06:27 PM

  15. This morning the Pinal County Greens, members of the Arizona Green Party in Pinal County, passed a resolution calling on Sheriff Babeu to be nicer to his former boyfriends. "Deporting your ex is tacky," our resolution said, and we offered to assist with couples therapy to help repair this broken relationship.

    Posted by: Richard Grayson, Pinal County Greens | Feb 18, 2012 2:11:25 PM

  16. Typical scumbag.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Feb 18, 2012 2:17:27 PM

  17. jamal49,

    You're an idiot!

    Posted by: Tyrone | Feb 18, 2012 2:21:04 PM

  18. Yes, double hypocrisy indeed. It is just so hard to read a story like this and not judge. We have seen Babeu's type before but I am scratching my head over Jose entering into a relationship with a rabid anti-immigrant sheriff in the first place.

    I can remember going out on a date and the guy was very cute but he made up some shiz that Wallace Warfield Simpson was his aunt. I told him I had to go to the bathroom but I really left the bar and went home. Jose should have done the same.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Feb 18, 2012 2:26:45 PM

  19. More nice photos of Mitt and Paul: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/6468730575 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/6468477425 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/6468471485/in/photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/6468476541/in/photostream

    Posted by: Lee | Feb 18, 2012 2:28:04 PM

  20. Another gay white male on the downlow, what else is new?

    Posted by: MickW | Feb 18, 2012 2:34:51 PM

  21. Barbeu , Berry - oh dear, it looks more & more like some f@gz will burn in Hell after all ...

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Feb 18, 2012 2:38:03 PM

  22. And he just came out

    Posted by: aki | Feb 18, 2012 2:44:50 PM

  23. What I don't understand is why all the articles keep referring to this as an affair? This was a relationship, not an affair? He wasn't married, or even dating anyone else. Am I the only one who finds this confusing. I think it also make their relationship sound more tawdry. It's annoying.

    Posted by: Caskey | Feb 18, 2012 2:45:06 PM

  24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/cactusbillaz/4979484977/in/set-72157624816661665/

    Posted by: S.C. | Feb 18, 2012 2:45:08 PM

  25. I guess Babeu can start saying ADIOS to his political aspirations.

    Posted by: Felix | Feb 18, 2012 2:47:03 PM

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