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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. Will the supply of hypocritical republican closet cases ever run out?

    There has to be a coffee table book in this somewhere.

    Posted by: Fahd | Feb 18, 2012 2:49:14 PM

  2. What a corny tattoo!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 18, 2012 2:51:02 PM


    from: http://tucsoncitizen.com/three-sonorans/2012/02/18/paul-babeu-private-immigrant-sex-slave-operation-revealed-by-former-boyfriend-and-matt-heinz-involvement/

    Two quick things are wrong with this. One is that Babeu knew the immigration status of Jose (read the New Times article to learn more about Jose, the pics and the text messages) and as the top law man in Pinal County, the new toughest sheriff in America did not report Jose to ICE. I would actually applaud for Babeu for this but he was not doing this out of kindness for immigrants, but in exchange for a sex slave.

    Mitt Romney and Paul Babeu. Photo: Gage Skidmore

    And this is the second thing (among many other things) that is wrong. Paul Babeu had his own private immigrant sex slave operation going on, and he’s supposed to be the Sheriff.

    Posted by: S.C. | Feb 18, 2012 3:04:32 PM

  4. The paper that reported this is The Phoenix New Times aka National Enquirer Jr. I think I'll wait to pass judgement until the facts are in.

    Posted by: Mike | Feb 18, 2012 3:12:35 PM

  5. @Jeff: You claim that there is no proof of Jose's accusations? Did you even read article in the Phoenix New Times article? There are four pages of detailed interactions with Sheriff Babeu, including screen shots of his Adam4Adam ad and texts between the two. Could these have been faked? Possibly. What about the photo of the sheriff holding another man (face blurred) and placing his hand inside of shirt of the other guy?... Photoshopped?

    Here's the problem with Jeff. There is heaps of information in this story that backs up Jose's claims. But rather than attempt to claim that Sheriff Babeu is being set-up in an elaborate game of fake documentation, Jeff just asserts that there IS no evidence. It's that same "head in sand" approach that Michael Berry is attempting. Live witnesses, car licenses, surveillance video... verifiable evidence doesn't matter when you're GOP with access to a microphone.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 18, 2012 3:17:30 PM

  6. What's sad and disappointing is that out state lawmaker Matt Heinz of Tucson has been dragged into this sordid affair. According to the article, Babeu spent one weekend with Heinz and Heinz's lover in Tucson. Heinz, who is a physician and rising star in the Democratic party, has announced that he will seek Gabrielle Giffords' seat. I wonder if this will derail his campaign because it certainly puts his judgment in question. His personal relationship with Babeu also might explain why Heinz broke ranks with his fellow Democrats to provide more funding for Babeu's office.

    Posted by: piernudo | Feb 18, 2012 3:19:55 PM

  7. Can people stop mentioning that the sheriff (probably ex sheriff after this) is white. It has nothing to do with the crime he committed and it's racist.

    Posted by: D.M | Feb 18, 2012 3:31:49 PM

  8. D.M. - not really. have you no detection for nuance? race plays a major factor in this. Arizona, the place where brown people have to carry their papers, because they're what "illegals look like"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 18, 2012 3:48:25 PM

  9. Holy Shitballs. Paul went out with my roommate back in 2002/3? They broke up, I moved to IL ... At the time he was a really nice guy. He didn't seem like a slime ball or even really in the closet that much. I knew he wasn't out to all his family or co-workers but seriously haven't heard much about him after all these years. in a way, after knowing the guy for over a year he's changed, i feel a little bad. anyone else and i would say "off with their head". but i knew what he used to be like. jeez.

    Posted by: Joshua | Feb 18, 2012 3:54:59 PM

  10. @little kiwi


    What is it about public figures behaving so badly? Blackmail. Sex slave ring. I'm starting to topple down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole.

    I hope Jose fares well in all this. He could be the Arizona Monica Lewinsky. :(

    Posted by: Rin | Feb 18, 2012 3:56:56 PM

  11. There are plenty of rumors about Sheriff Joe too, about what goes on in the pink underwear jail, and it was he who hired this dude... Gives one pause to think...

    Posted by: S.C. | Feb 18, 2012 4:00:21 PM

  12. "Sheriff studboi1" Ha!

    Posted by: Q | Feb 18, 2012 4:09:47 PM

  13. WOW!

    Posted by: essay jobs | Feb 18, 2012 4:11:47 PM

  14. Yeah, studboi1...

    Not a stud. Not a boi. Not #1.

    3 lies in one username.

    Posted by: S.C. | Feb 18, 2012 4:17:47 PM

  15. Little kiwi -- so what you are saying is it's ok to be racist in response to a racist policy.... yeah that will make the world a better place. Racism is always wrong and is not nuance.

    Posted by: D.M | Feb 18, 2012 4:23:25 PM

  16. Allegedly posted 19 months ago by Paul's own sister at:


    This is a question I would like to ask Paul and pose to the people on the forum.
    As Paul sister, I know for a fact that he is gay, our 9 other brother and sister's know. My parent's too and everyone wants it kept a secret. This has caused great damage to family ties and relationships amongst us. The reason being is Paul and our family all know he has lived with many different men, and we have all met them. Some very young as 18, which when he was running for mayor in North Adams and him being 32 and this boy was his former student at Desisto, we all thought it was inappropriate. I told Paul so, but he did not agree. (This is first hand information and should not be deleted.) He lived at willow St. in North Adams, Ma. if you want conformatiioin to this time. In Az, he lived with a lover at his present house where he lives with his brother Shaun, for six months and then Paul kicked his lover out. His ex-lover moved in with my sister Veronica in florence for a year because he was friends with her. This Paul was angry about, too close to home.
    I just think if Paul was open about his lifestyle, it would not cause problems in the family. I have many of his ex-lovers calling me, because they are angry because Paul dumps them after a few months and never returns their phone callls. What am I suppose to do? I don't talk to him anymore because he lied about things in my life so he wouldn't be exposed for being gay during his bid for sheriff. Some people may think that this is his own personal business, but it is not, when it effects other people's life's. I think people would still want him as sheriff, he just couldn't be in the military. Unless, he stood up for gay rights like he should. Is Paul a liar and a hypocrit? Maybe Sheriff Paul is just out for himself? You decide, I am just asking him to be who he really is and stop the secrets and the lies. How about you?
    Paul, Do you think you with ever tell the truth, or are you going to have people attack me and tell me I am crazy or have me deleted from here? I would rather come out of the closet and be who I am,and have people respect me, than lie to them and betray my followers about who I am. Is it that important to you, that you are willing to lose people in your life that loved you and truely cared, to just get ahead? For what? To fall in the end? Because, that is what is going to happen! Good luck with your fake identity! When will the real Paul Babeu stand up!

    Posted by: S.C. | Feb 18, 2012 4:23:59 PM

  17. So, let me get this straight. Someone comes to this country illegally and then gets "used" as a condition for his not being deported (IF his story is even true)....and we are supposed to have sympathy for him? Besides, it doubtless fulfilled his fantasy (which is so common among gay men) of being "enslaved" and "dominated" by a law enforcement officer, so I am quite sure he got off on the whole thing until he realized he was not so special after all.

    Screw him. Send him back where he came from.

    As for Babeu, he did nothing illegal. And if we all had to be held to account for the behaviors we have engaged in out of sexual lust, hypocrisy would be the least of our transgressions.

    His position on illegal immigration is the right one and I wish him well in his pursuit to end it.

    Oh, and don't fail to notice the contemptuous, homophobic tone of the woman lawyer in referring to "Babeau's boyfriends".

    But none of this matters to any of you Far Left automatons, does it?

    Or then again, maybe you are just jealous that you didn't get enslaved by the Sheriff, yourselves. Yeah, come to think of it, that probably explains about 90% of it.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 18, 2012 4:25:23 PM

  18. Maybe they are calling it an affair because it involves secrecy, sex and blackmail. It really doesn't sound like a relationship to me.

    Posted by: JP | Feb 18, 2012 4:26:07 PM

  19. Rick, your message about dark desires says a lot about you and little about the left.

    Posted by: S.C. | Feb 18, 2012 4:32:11 PM

  20. Oh, and I just loved the equally contemptuous reference to the "macho press releas" in the Towleroad article. Nothing more disgusting than for a gay man to be "macho", is there? I mean, how dare he be "macho"?--doesn't he know that being attracted to other men makes you masculinely deficient and that his true nature is to live vicariously through women and go antiques shopping after the Madonna concert......and that by behaving in a "macho" way, he is just in denial of that true nature?

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 18, 2012 4:33:27 PM

  21. As someone who knows Jose personally, not Paul. Jose stalked Paul for years and was obsessed with him. They were never boyfriends and when Paul refused to see him anymore he retaliated. He (Jose) even told me that he was going after Paul. He never mentioned that he was being threatened. In the story Jose even admits to hacking, stalking and impersonating as another person. Does that sound like a relationship?

    Posted by: MAC | Feb 18, 2012 4:41:31 PM

  22. Rick, one of your guys gets himself busted and it's all the fault of gay liberals. Come on dude, get a grip on reality. I'm asking too much, aren't I?

    And he did nothing illegal? That's yet to be determined. Looks like he was running a sex slavery ring, his own sister allegedly said he was "dating" young students of his... etc... We'll have to wait and see about illegality as it works it way through the courts...

    Posted by: S.C. | Feb 18, 2012 4:45:48 PM

  23. The only border security he should have been concerned with was the perimeter of his mouth around that other guy's privates. I feel like he's lost any credibility he had. What a joke.

    Posted by: X | Feb 18, 2012 5:01:43 PM

  24. Mac, for someone who knows Jose personally, NOT PAUL, you're doing an excellent job of recapping the exact same talking points he just released in his press conference earlier today. What a coincidence.

    You know Jose personally, what's his mom's name? Thought so.

    Posted by: S.C. | Feb 18, 2012 5:05:33 PM

  25. @Jeff,

    You wonder where the evidence is? Did you bother to click on the Phoenix paper's link? Right there was a picture of the ex (with his face scrubbed out), being lovingly held by the Sheriff... who had his hands tucked into his ex's shirt, petting his chest.

    What straight guy does THAT?

    Maybe you should be a little less bigoted against immigrants and at least open minded enough to follow the link posted in the freaking story to find your evidence!

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 18, 2012 5:08:21 PM

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