Ditches congressional race to give another go at sheriff’s race
With controversy swirling about him like a dervish, and his major source of campaign funding coming from gay groups here and around the country, it has long been expected the problem plagued Paul Babeu would ditch his congressional bid. His fundraising took a significant hit from the previous quarter when he boasted he had outshone his opponents in the cash haul.
Exercising good judgment has never been his strong suit, as evidenced by these photos.
Between January and March, Babeu took in $144,000 from individual donors, well short of the $256,000 he raised in the final quarter of 2011.
We have covered the egotistical and embarrassing Pinal Country sheriff in numerous posts. For a complete rundown with chronological links to his downfall, check out Paul Babeu: Dead candidate walking. In February Babeu told the Washington Gay Blade he’s “110 percent in the race for Congress” and that when he’s elected to Congress he’ll make pro-LGBT initiatives a defining issue.
In the upcoming August Republican primary, Babeu would have faced off against incumbent U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, and state Sen. Ron Gould. This morning, Gosar released this statement regarding Babeu’s withdrawal from the race. Gould released this statement.
FOX News 10 reports here on the departure, including a video interview with Diane Ryan
The daily newspaper provides an easy to navigate campaign finance comparison page here.