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Log Cabin Republicans Hold Fundraiser for Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu as Campaign Contributions Dry Up


Buzzfeed has obtained an invitation for a Log Cabin D.C. Fundraiser for Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu hosted by gay former Arizona congressman Jim Kolbe this Tuesday.

Says the invite: "Simply by being who we are – unapologetically pro-gay and unapologetically conservative - Log Cabin Republicans like Sheriff Babeu are helping to secure the freedoms America stands for, and that’s something we can all be proud of."

Meanwhile, the Phoenix New Times reports that donations to Babeu's congressional campaign have collapsed since allegations broke in February that Babeu had threatened a former boyfriend with deportation if he revealed they had a romantic relationship.

Contributions to congressional hopeful Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu barely trickled in during March, with the once-popular lawman pocketing a mere $6,700 in the wake of multiple scandals that have enveloped him, his agency and his campaign. By comparison, Congressman Paul Gosar, who is also running for a seat in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, raised $80,000 that same month.

News reports since that time also revealed that Babeu ran The DeSisto School, a Massachusetts boarding school with a history of physical and sexual abuse, such as forcing students to wear sheets, sit facing walls for hours, undergo strip searches and take group showers. Babeu's sister also claimed that she discovered Babeu dating a 17-year-old DeSisto student.

In interviews shortly after the scandal broke, Babeu indicated that he had been in contact with leadership at the Log Cabin Republicans. When asked if he might get involved with LCR by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Babeu replied, "I'm sure".

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  1. Yes we can all be proud of Cognative Dissonance.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 23, 2012 5:27:49 PM

  2. It's about time for him to dry up.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 23, 2012 5:28:23 PM

  3. Kolbe?!!? LOL! Oh, that wimp. Roy Cohn was his hero.

    "unapologetically pro-gay"?

    please. you show me a republican who doesn't spend his every waking hour apologizing for being gay and i'll show you a unicorn.

    the flyer might as well say "join us, and other self-hating homosexual white men, as we join together to convince our municipalities that we're not like those awful liberal gays who actually get things done. Our goal? one more year of tolerance."

    capers for testes. the lot of them.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 23, 2012 5:31:47 PM

  4. Gee, where are all his close Tea Party Republican and CPAC friends that loved him only a short while ago? His masculine charms and anti-immigrant fervor couldn't hold their love once he came out? Shocking!

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 23, 2012 5:38:25 PM

  5. This is dismal. I understand that Cooper, Kolbe, et. al., are hard up for actual politicians they can support, and this guy is nothing if not an extremely glib hustler, but seriously, this is going to end in tears. The guy's just poison. Sometimes you've got to say 'no.'

    Posted by: Z | Apr 23, 2012 5:38:59 PM

  6. remind me again what "freedoms" America stands for that republicans and gay republicans are championing? the freedom to have a bigoted majority put limitations on your life? the freedom to wait decide what choices other people can make in life, that are in no way choices that affect you? the freedom pass "anti-bullying" laws that explicitly excuse any bullying if it's "justified by religion"?

    Look, gay republicans, we know you have no dignity, but this is now just officially pathetic.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 23, 2012 5:39:22 PM

  7. $250 young professional......LOL. I think there's a lot more young baristas and bike messengers today than 'professionals'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 23, 2012 5:42:20 PM

  8. does anyone else find it gaspingly hilarious that all these sad-sacks were LITERALLY dragged kicking and screaming from the closet?!?!?

    "hey! we're proud to be who you are! after know...getting exposed and Outed for lying about who we were for decades in the first place...."

    mary, PLEASE.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 23, 2012 5:42:23 PM

  9. Is this from the Studs With Guns annex of the Log Cabin? "I'll show you mine, and make you beg for it" sub-category? Look at all the penis symbols in the background. Not even subliminal, just right out there. Ha

    Posted by: Keepin' It Straight | Apr 23, 2012 5:45:30 PM

  10. "Log Cabin Republican" is in itself an oxymoron - accent on moron!

    Posted by: Peter | Apr 23, 2012 6:22:26 PM

  11. First thought is how odd that there's a fundraiser for a candidate for a state seat (AZ) being held in DC? Dude obviously can't get support from those who would conceivably elect him...there should be campaign finance laws against this. I can't imagine Dennis Kucinich or Marcy Kaptur having a fundraiser, for a local seat race, in a state all the way across the friggin country.

    Um, thought there was a big bump in the money coming in after his scandal, gosh, what happened? Hopefully Arizonians are smart enough to realize that a huge scandal BEFORE the campaign gets going ain't a good sign, as far as the man's character.

    @Ratbastard: you silly goose, you must be thinking about OUT gays! Kolbe and the Log Cabinites are going after the conservative CLOSETED corporate types in their "young professionals" those guys would ever want their names publicly filed on a contribution to a hommerseksul!

    Thinkin this is just gonna be a big bomb all the way around. It's just damned hard for anyone with self-respect to support this guy.

    Posted by: jim | Apr 23, 2012 6:26:53 PM

  12. in other words, Baboon is just another hypocritical republican perv.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Apr 23, 2012 6:55:41 PM

  13. @littlekiwi

    Exactly my thoughts.

    Posted by: sherman | Apr 23, 2012 7:29:14 PM

  14. Is that Stephen Colbert's Trevor Potter? Is he a Log Cabin Republican too?

    Posted by: CJS | Apr 23, 2012 7:42:33 PM

  15. I'm as liberal as they come and I too am against illegal immigration. Most of my democrat friends are as well. Simple as that.

    Posted by: Kyle L. | Apr 23, 2012 8:01:41 PM

  16. While I don't think the sherriff is innocent, his ex was clearly in it for an agenda. In California, illegals will use an opportunity to hire an immigration attorney and sue based on discrimination (toward laws that don't even APPLY to them) so I have a very, very hard time believing his ex's side of the story when the ex was so clearly in it for a pro illegal immigrant agenda of his own.

    Posted by: Real Talk | Apr 23, 2012 8:03:11 PM

  17. You don't have to be a tea party member to be against illegals. I'm passionately against all forms of illegal immigration, and free hand outs to them, based on seeing the consequences first hand. If the scandal here was that he is against illegal immigration with an illegal immigrant boyfriend who's status he didn't know? then I see no scandal at all. I'm also a democrat and strictly try to vote for politicians who put the rights of Americans and those here legally first.

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Apr 23, 2012 8:06:00 PM

  18. I'm still bewildered what this man did wrong? Log Cabin republicans make me vomit, and anyone associated to them is bad news to me, but from what I gathered of this controversy, the ex boyfriend seemed just as shady, if not far more shady than this man. The ex came out looking like the creep for me.

    Posted by: IonMovies | Apr 23, 2012 8:08:06 PM

  19. Ugh disappointing the LCR would throw away the good will they generated by getting DADT repealed and associate with this sleaze.

    Posted by: Annonny | Apr 23, 2012 8:19:31 PM

  20. Meh. I don't find this guy that offensive. He's never publically stated anything against gay rights and has actually been supportive of the community. He has been against illegal immigration, which is a huge problem facing bordering states and having family there, I'm for any elected official that can address the problem and control it. I wish this man the best.

    Posted by: L.C | Apr 23, 2012 8:21:38 PM

  21. Good luck with that.

    Posted by: Gigi | Apr 23, 2012 8:25:02 PM

  22. Well, the voters of AZ will be the ones to decide whether he did anything "wrong," or not. Clearly, many support his hardline stand on immigration. That's not really the issue.

    The point here was not so much his behavior, which is old news by now, but how the right wingers from the Tea Party and the anti-gay crowd from CPAC (with whom he was so cozy and who held him up as a hero a few short months ago) appear to have deserted him now that he's an openly gay candidate with a whiff of scandal. It's not surprising that the LCR's are still supporting him, but to win he'll need a base that has largely evaporated. The reaction of his non-gay political pals to his "gay lifestyle" doesn't bode well for his success.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 23, 2012 8:43:44 PM

  23. God forbid a gay man not march in lockstep with the left.

    Posted by: ByTheBay | Apr 23, 2012 9:57:54 PM

  24. He's free to march in lockstep with the right, as he was doing cozily a few months ago, before his gay dalliances came to light; the problem for him is since the gay hit the fan, the right--his base--apparently no longer wants to march in lockstep with him. A handful of LCR fundraisers aren't going to win him the election if his base doesn't dig gay politicians.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 23, 2012 11:08:20 PM

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