Consequences accompany Sheriff Paul Babeu’s reckless behavior
As scandal rocks Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, he has stepped down from his position with Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in Arizona.
Today Romney’s campaign sent this message to media outlets: “Sheriff Babeu has stepped down from his volunteer position with the campaign so he can focus on the allegations against him. We support his decision.” CNN has more here.
Although Babeu was scheduled to appear in the Gold Rush Days Parade in Wickenburg this morning, he ditched the appearance after asking his supporters to walk alongside him.
Babeu has opened a congressional campaign in Arizona’s District 4 which covers La Paz, Yavapai, Mohave and Pinal counties. Now admitting “I’m gay,“ he is under fire for allegations that he threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship. Shrewdly gauging public opinion, Babeu has focused on border issues and illegal immigration throughout his tenure as sheriff.
Speaking to the press today Babeu, 43, said, “It’s blatantly, completely false.” adding its “none of their business” referring to his personal life. “I’m here to say that all of these accusations that are in one of these newspapers are absolutely false,” Babeu said, “except to the issues that refer to me as being gay.”
“What I do in my personal and private life is my personal and private life with those individuals,” he said.
Maybe…maybe not, Mr. Babeu. In choosing public life you have also agreed to the accompanying laser focused spotlight.
Seeing Red AZ covered Babeu’s problems in detail here.