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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. Jose, you didn't like how you were being treated in this country? didn't like your boyfriend? you always got the option of going back home homie. this story got too many dang bald spots to be taken at face value. keepin it real and truth. doesnt add up

    Posted by: Real Talk | Feb 18, 2012 9:27:01 PM

  2. The right is already spinning this, progressives / liberals outed this man.
    Why because they don't want to talk about the tru story. Being in a relationship with someone who is illegal and possible threating him about deportation (something by law he's obligated to do from the beginning).

    But republicans will say this poor guy was outed. Let's face it unless they can prove it he's going to congress. I just hope he keeps some honor and doesn't screw us in the end.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 18, 2012 9:32:42 PM

  3. Lol
    Jesus Christ

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 18, 2012 9:41:33 PM

  4. The United States was stolen at gunpoint and by using smallpox blankets from the Native Americans who owned this place. WE ARE ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

    Posted by: Johnson | Feb 18, 2012 9:47:59 PM

  5. While I hate the hater, I have to say the Sheriff is one fricking hot man. I could have some many cop fantasies filled by him!!

    Posted by: Daniel | Feb 18, 2012 9:51:08 PM

  6. Gay Republicans are some of the biggest hypocrites you'll ever meet, right up their with the likes of Newt Gingrich. When the gay Repubs are caught with their pants down, they play the victim card like Sarah Palin and blame liberals.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 18, 2012 10:00:03 PM

  7. It's like Christmas. Anti illegal, commercial making closeted republican with illegal Mexican boyfriend. Ssshhhh, i just want to revel in it for a second. Although to be fare, republicans seem to think illegals are fine as long as they are working for them (below minimum wage.) I'm guessing however that McCain and Romney didn't know the job Paul was providing Jose was a blow job.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Feb 18, 2012 10:03:55 PM

  8. The next person who decries Jose for being "illegal" really ought to just STFU.

    The only person who said Jose was "illegal" was the SERIAL LIAR sheriff. Why on earth should he be believed?

    Jose has claimed that he has a visa and is allowed to be in this country. Should that be the case, the only way the Sheriff could get him ousted is by trumping up some charge.

    If I were Jose, under those circumstances, I'd be afraid, too... because why would a serial liar, especially one who's running for Congress and is afraid of being outed, be afraid to use his incredible power as a sheriff to trump up some charge?

    The most likely deduction here is in fact that Jose was here legally and had documentation to stay... but that the SERIAL LIAR sheriff was angry for being dumped and scared of being outed and threw a dangerous hissy fit that very legitimately threatened an at-risk resident (if not citizen) of this country.

    JR, Aaron, Rick, et al... leave your BIGOTRY behind. It has no power here.

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 18, 2012 10:04:04 PM

  9. So agree Ryan. The story I read said that Paul threatened Jose & his family by saying he could make trouble for him. He implied he would say Jose's visa had expired which in the hellhole of Arizona would probably take weeks to unravel. The other crazy sheriff locks up legal Brown Americans everyday on just the SUSPICION of being illegal. In the meantime, Jose's attorney says his visa is up to date. So all you Anti Immigration Crazies need to chill & stop posting all your sex slave fantasies until you get all the facts.

    Posted by: sara | Feb 18, 2012 10:13:50 PM

  10. Young Jose has already proven himself as a liar, identity thief, and a disregarder of the law of the land, so excuse me if I take this revelation with a rather large grain of salt. I wonder how the person whose ssn he stole feels about him leaking this story.

    Posted by: me | Feb 18, 2012 10:15:57 PM

  11. I ask the folks with all the opinions --Have you ever dated a guy from Mexico?
    And it IS possible to want to fix illegal immigration while also liking Mexicans and Mexican Americans.
    Here is someone's comment on another website:
    Paul has been out in Pinal County for years, which is why none of us here believe the story that Jose was threatened with deportatio­n if he disclosed their relationsh­ip. Jose has now admitted that he in fact hacked the Sherriff’s website as well as his Twitter account. Jose only made these allegation­s to cover his butt and only after he was threaten with prosecutio­n for committing an illegal act, which may have been grounds for his deportatio­n. So there really is nothing to see here and I agree that we should all move on.

    Posted by: Bob | Feb 18, 2012 10:16:56 PM

  12. The Mexican ex-bf doesn't sound like some angel

    Posted by: pampermyass | Feb 18, 2012 10:24:52 PM

  13. I want to see how this mans going to act with regards to our community.
    I love the people on his Facebook page
    "what you do in your private life is your business"
    That saying kills me. Str8 couples don't keep their relationship behind closed doors. They marry, they show off their families, they kiss hold hands, hug, date, go on trips together and so on. We do that to yet its only ok if we keep it private. They don't see the double standard in that. The str8 relationship is put out there every day in our faces but dam if we do the same. I wounded if he's going to be a goproud or LCR gay
    Off soapbox sorry

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 18, 2012 10:27:00 PM

  14. the Mexican ex doesn't come across as some angel

    Posted by: pampermyass | Feb 18, 2012 10:33:31 PM

  15. Adding to my comments--I am keeping an open mind as it's still a he said, he said story so we'll see how it unfolds. But while the sheriff may have been out online & with his boyfriends, I doubt he was truly out in any significant way. Especially if you believe the sister's comments made almost 2 years ago about how she wanted her brother to come out of the closet so I do think Jose had enough ammunition to make Paul worried enough to threaten him.

    In fact Jose has submitted some text conversations where Paul said: "You can never have business after this and you will harm me and many others in the process ... including yourself and your family." Sounds like a threat to me.

    I'm fairly certain that the Feds will add this to their ongoing investigation of that other sheriff, Joe Arpaio so it's not going to disappear no matter how Sheriff Babeu spins it.

    Posted by: sara | Feb 18, 2012 10:43:45 PM

  16. You guys should read and think about this story a little harder.
    First, it's his ex's word against his, and his ex sounds like an angry jilted lover. It sounds from the texts like his ex wanted revenge and went to the media to get it.
    Second, I'm not convinced that the sheriff was even that closeted. His Adam4Adam profile claimed that he was out. I'm not sure if there's hypocrisy in his simply being gay and Republican simultaneously. Republicans have plenty of issues, and you don't have to agree with all of them to be a Republican.
    Third, this was a relationship that lasted YEARS. It was not a case of some mean white guy who likes to oppress minorities by day and sodomize them by night. It would make a great story if it were the case, but it doesn't seem true.
    Fourth, have you seen the way this story is played in the straight media? The scandal seems to be not that he's accused of abusing his power, but that he's gay and he had a shirtless profile online. Is that really the side you want to be on? The New Times even calls his relationship with Jose an "affair," as if he were cheating on someone the whole time. I don't think most people in Arizona give a crap about the plight of Jose. They just don't want a gay sheriff.
    Fifth, I'm not convinced that the sheriff knew this guy was illegal when they were in a relationship. There's no evidence of it.

    Posted by: jj | Feb 18, 2012 10:45:36 PM

  17. JJ
    How do you vote or align with them, with those issues especially if their about you?
    Do you? If so how do you put those things aside

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 18, 2012 11:01:29 PM

  18. This is what happened. Jose lie through his teeth and when Paul found out he was illegal he broke it off with him and encouraged Jose to do the right thing, but Jose, like so many other blood sucking illegal aliens, decided to use their relationship to blackmail Paul. Paul has been out for a long time. He just did not see a need to carry a banner and wear a t-shirt confirming his sexuality. He is a conservative, and true conservative do not make a big deal over where they are putting their dicks.

    Posted by: Tom Smith | Feb 18, 2012 11:03:44 PM

  19. No, true conservatives just make a big deal about where OTHER people put their dicks.

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 18, 2012 11:14:03 PM

  20. Tom
    Except when writing and passing laws to screw us, then they care where our dicks go. I just hope you boy remembers that when his vote really counts

    But conservitives are just starting to get off their a$$'s and help move things forward. I guess they started felling bad watching all the liberals fight for rights conservitives benefited from. Hell we'll take the help
    Just my opinion

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 18, 2012 11:16:11 PM

  21. Political hatred is not a family value.

    Posted by: ted | Feb 18, 2012 11:22:26 PM

  22. Sweet karma.

    Posted by: Barney | Feb 18, 2012 11:31:30 PM

  23. These stories of hypocricy have become such cliches, that the following video should be a mandatory public service announcement on FOX news and at each CPAC conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t35GTsTBFnE

    Posted by: Rafa | Feb 18, 2012 11:44:28 PM

  24. I take issue with the title of this post.

    Babeu's anti-illegal immigration, not anti-immigration. As far as I'm concerned, there's a world of difference between the two.

    Posted by: Sininen | Feb 19, 2012 12:10:55 AM

  25. I have no sympathy for this Jose guy. HE is the one who broke the first law by stepping in this country illegally.

    Illegal immigration has brought with it THOUSANDS of gang members, drug cartels by way of illegal immigration is already here, 84% of identity theft is attributed to illegal immigration as well as social security fraud/theft. Statistics of drunk driving is even more alarming.

    I'm neither a Conservative nor Republican, but like other expressed, I won't foolishly and sheepishly be guided toward a destructive path. There's enough to deal with other than millions of law breakers invading our country and draining reources.

    Posted by: Landon C. | Feb 19, 2012 1:04:59 AM

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