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Gay Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu Wins Re-Election

BabeupaulArizona Sheriff Paul Babeu had originally hoped to win a seat in the U.S. Congress during this week's election, but pulled out after it the conservative Republican's ex-boyfriend outed him and accused Babeu of trying to get him deported.

So Babeu instead opted to run again for the Pinal County seat he's occupied since 2008.

The backtrack worked: Babeu won re-election on Tuesday and will join colleague and pal Joe Arpaio in maintaining Arizona's dubious law-enforcement tradition.

"A lot of you have been family to me and have stood by me through thick and through thin," Babeu said after clinching his win. "I can tell you there’s been some dark days, but I knew you were there with me. I knew that you had my back and you wouldn’t leave me."

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  1. Skeeze.

    Posted by: Mikey | Nov 8, 2012 1:04:31 PM

  2. Well this is interesting. Not sure what to make of it In one way it is good because he came out as a gay man (regardless of his past) and won in a super conservative district. That part of it is a good sign. His morals and values - hopefully he will evolve and join the rest of the gay community.

    Posted by: RK | Nov 8, 2012 1:36:29 PM

  3. @Mikey,

    Agreed. After reading up about him, I felt like taking a shower to clean off. And I don't mean a cold shower. There's something very wrong about this guy, I think we'll be hearing more about him.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 8, 2012 2:18:57 PM

  4. Great, so now when he's eventually indicted for something the news reports will lead with "GAY sheriff arrested".

    Posted by: e.c. | Nov 8, 2012 2:25:29 PM

  5. I see it pretty positively. The LGBT community isn't a single block any more than any other group. He was a good Sheriff in his community, came out in a sex "scandal" that would knock a lot of people in more liberal communities out of the running. Now there's an out gay man serving the public. He's a Sheriff, he enforces the law, he doesn't make it.

    Posted by: Alan | Nov 8, 2012 2:32:19 PM

  6. Well we had so many victories on Tuesday that we can't really complain that this shi4head won ! He will be voted out next time. The right wing will take him down for being gay. At the moment they wanted to be seen to be doing the right thing by re-electing him but now they will be on him and they will say he's not good enough at his job.

    I can't wait to see him booted out. Self hatred is never acceptable in the gay community. These cun$s are selling us off and they are the reason we have so few legal rights - because they aren't strong enough to stand up and be counted.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 8, 2012 3:36:53 PM

  7. @RK The rest of the gay community? We're not all marching in lockstep.

    @Alan summed it up nicely.

    Posted by: ByTheBay | Nov 8, 2012 3:39:38 PM

  8. "marching in lockstep?

    Why are you gay republicans so proud of your inability to stand up to your bigoted families and political affiliates?

    i suppose you're relieved to see that one can be a cowardly spineless homosexual and get elected, but the rest of us don't see much value in being tolerated via self-castration.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 8, 2012 3:43:17 PM

  9. Supporting diversity doesn't include diversity of thought. Get back in line.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 8, 2012 3:47:48 PM

  10. You know very little about Arizona politics if you think this guy will be "voted out next time."

    There's only one thing Arizonans hate more than gays, and that's Mexicans. Babeu, like Arpaio, is seen as tough on immigration despite his taste in young Latino men. He could be wearing a dress, but they will still vote for him as long as he's out there racially profiling anyone with brown skin and filling up immigration pens.

    Posted by: endo | Nov 8, 2012 3:55:26 PM

  11. diversity of thought is useless when your specific thought-process is one borne of prejudice, willful ignorance, and a cowardly inability to stand up for yourself and others, because you're begging for tolerance from the Bullies in Charge.

    the KKK have thoughts that "differ" from mine. doesn't mean their differing opinions should be valued as "diversity" when the SPECIFICS of their opinions are ANTI-diversity.

    this moment of nuance has been brought to you by a gay man who isn't afraid to stand up to be counted.

    *elegant curtsy*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 8, 2012 3:55:31 PM

  12. Isn't it nice that conservatives voted knowingly for a gay man? How can this not be a good sign? He has no connection to Arpaio other than a job similarity.

    Posted by: Ken | Nov 8, 2012 4:42:07 PM

  13. Fantastic. I am sure that as time passes and the "scandal" recedes, Mr. Babeu will get another shot at a Congressional seat.....and it would be great to see an openly gay man leading the way in fighting illegal immigration, which is the cancer destroying our country and the entire Western world.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 8, 2012 5:10:33 PM

  14. "...an openly gay man leading the way in fighting illegal immigration, which is the cancer destroying our country and the entire Western world."

    It's that time of day...when the medication wears off.

    It'll get even better, Rick. In four years you'll have a woman and a Latino man winning the general election. Clinton and Castro 2016!!!!!!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 8, 2012 5:18:23 PM

  15. Actually, Derrick, that would not surprise me.......and it would symbolize the fact that the United States is no longer truly a country. It is two separate countries that want nothing to do with each other, that increasingly have nothing in common with each other in terms of ethnic background, culture, religious beliefs, ideology, or any of the other characteristics that normally define a real nation.

    As a consequence, I see a second secessionist movement on the way that will result in the formation of a new country that will boot out the Northeast corridor and the West Coast states--which the rest of the country sees as the source of all their problems--and leave them to their own devices to become whatever they want to.

    It may happen in ten years or 20 or 50, but I have no doubt that it is on the way.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 8, 2012 5:27:46 PM

  16. And by the way, I think the odds are 50-50 that Obama is assassinated within the next 4 years.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 8, 2012 5:30:20 PM

  17. "And by the way, I think the odds are 50-50 that Obama is assassinated within the next 4 years"

    Yes, and by the way, I think the odds are 50-50 that a 14 year old Arab American boy will slice your senior citizen homo throat within the next 4 years.

    You'd better leave them boys alone, Rick.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 8, 2012 5:43:01 PM

  18. Congratulations on your election, Paul. Great success in your job as sheriff. Now that you are out, make the gay community proud!

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 8, 2012 7:00:34 PM

  19. The Babeu scandle just underscored for me why we need gay people in leadership positions. Which would you rather read about, the umpteenth politician cheating on his wife, or a threesome between a staunchly anti-immigrant sheriff, his illegal immigrant lover, and a gay arizona legistlator? It's not even close!

    Posted by: abe | Nov 8, 2012 7:18:48 PM

  20. He's gross. I don't feel a bit bad for him OR overjoyed he was re-elected.

    Posted by: bostonbeat | Nov 8, 2012 9:02:27 PM

  21. Looks like the Romney losers have come here to vent.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 9, 2012 12:10:59 AM

  22. It's fitting that Babeu would attract the support of someone like Rick. The man -- Babeu, that is -- is a deeply screwed-up extremist demagogue, who only managed to cling to office by flattering voters' darkest impulses. I'll be surprised if he's not voted out of office or under federal indictment within the next ten years.

    Posted by: NYF | Nov 9, 2012 4:43:07 AM

  23. Even my Mom, who lives in the same county and votes Republican, thinks he stinks. She doesn't care he is gay, he is just dishonest and is under investigation from the US Homeland Security department and an internal investigation. Let alone the issue with his ex-boyfriend. If you didn't have so many conservative retired folks voting a straight Republican ticket, this guy would be gone.

    Posted by: roger | Nov 9, 2012 9:15:14 AM

  24. Yeah Arizona, was not surprisingly red once again. It's really a shame because the massive Latino vote in the State could have turned things around. I don't feel so bad about SB-1070 now. If you're too lazy to get off your ass to vote against someone or something trying to suppress your race then you get what you deserve.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Nov 9, 2012 11:58:27 AM

  25. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/50593170#50593303

    Apparently, Babeau is now stirring the pot. He is such a queerdo weirdo. He wants so badly to be accepted by those morons on the GOP side of things that he will risk going to federal prison just to do so...

    Posted by: kayman | Jan 26, 2013 2:23:21 AM

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