It’s a rare occurrence when Seeing Red AZ and the far-left Arizona Republic newspaper even partially agree. But Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s claims of Pinal being “the number one pass-through county in all of America for drug and human smuggling” have continually lacked factual basis. The newspaper finally calls him out on his assertions.
We vehemently disagree with the newspaper’s contention and that of Department of Homeland Insecurity (DHS) chieftain Janet Napolitano and other Obama administration officials who declare America’s border is more secure than ever. But first-term sheriff Babeu, a former headmaster of a Massachusetts school for troubled teens, is a man with colossal aspirations, who has shown himself as ready and willing to do whatever it takes to make a name for himself.
The fact remains Pinal County is not a border county. Its boundary actually begins 70 miles from the border. Yet based on his hyperbole, he has managed to wrangle an award from the National Sheriff’s Association as America’s Sheriff of the Year.
Here Babeu cuddles up to pro-amnesty John McCain, declaring “Senator, you’re one of us” as the two sauntered along the border in a duplicitous campaign ad and McCain vowed to “complete the danged fence.” After his reelection insured six more years in the senate, he reverted to his McAmnesty stance and developed amnesia on the subject.
Read the newspaper’s report in which it sought public records verification of Babeu’s inflated claims from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, DHS and other federal agencies.
Which soars higher — Babeu’s ambition or his exaggerated statistics?