Babeu steps down as Romney co-chair, skips Wickenburg parade

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.

20 Responses to Babeu steps down as Romney co-chair, skips Wickenburg parade

  1. Doc says:

    …here’s th’ VIDEO TAPE of Babeu’s political career:

  2. greenvalleygal says:

    Sheriff Paul Babeau chose to live as he lives.
    He chose his path. He made the choice. Sheriff Paul made a choice to experience what he has seen with is own eyes and done with his own body.
    Now, his great work is eroded in society.
    Babeau chose to be a homosexual. I do NOT condemn him and I do love him. Homosexual behavior erodes society and humanity as a whole.

  3. Zach says:

    This story is not about sexuality, it is about abuse of power and hypocrisy. Babeu has made a career speaking out against illegal immigration, while simultaneously having sex with a man he believed to be an illegal immigrant. He spoke at the CPAC rally, even though he apparently believes gays should be allowed to serve openly and be allowed to marry. This is pure hypocrisy.

    To top it off, he hires an attorney to pressure his ex-boyfriend into signing a non-disclosure agreement to keep anyone from knowing he’s gay. His career is over, much like the careers of fellow hypocrites Larry Craig and Ted Haggard.

    • Mohave Mike says:

      Sorry Zach. This seamy story has everything to do with sexuality, and the risky choices Babeu made regarding his decision to function in that “lifestyle” while pursuing higher office. Paul Babeu took that gamble and lost big time. Threatening his lover with deportation is just the icing on his sordid cake.

      How’d you like that photo of Babu in his underwear? He admits taking it to send to male seeking male sex sites. What did he think the end game on that would be? He’s not exactly reclusive. He’s recognizable. More evidence of the Pima County Sheriff’s out of control ego and pathetic judgement. To add insult to injury, he blew off our parade today after assuring the folks he would still attend. That made many of them at least as upset as the news about this stud muffin with a badge.

      • Zach says:

        I think we’re in agreement. It wouldn’t be a big deal if he were simply gay. To try to hide it, however, while simultaneously sending naked pictures of himself to anonymous men on the internet shows an absurd lack of judgement.

      • Tyler M says:


        Correction, Babeu is the Sheriff of Pinal County – not Pima County. We have an even bigger moron as Sheriff of Pima County. He’s the idiot who said that it was right wing talk radio that led to the shooting of Gabby Giffords.


        Regarding, Babeu, I have been saying all along, including a number of earlier comments that I posted on this congressional race, that the allegations that Babeu was a closet homosexual needed to be addressed by Babeu. I said that voters who oppose this type of lifestyle choice deserved the right to have all of the information they might need before making a decision on who to support in this race. There are many issues that directly involve homosexuality that Congress deals with on a regular basis.

        Here are a few questions Congress considers that I doubt I’d agree with Babeu on. What does he think about openly gay people serving in the Armed Forces? What about in close combat roles? What about gay marriages of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines on US bases in States that have legalized gay marriage? What does Babeu think about Army Chaplains who oppose gay marriage for religious reasons & might want to state their positions? What are Babeu’s thoughts & feelings on gay marriage in general? Did he support Arizona’s Constitutional Amendment that banned gay marriage? Would he support a federal Constitutional Amendment to ban himself from marrying someone who he might be in a relationship with? Would Babeu support laws banning homosexual couples from adopting? Or if not, would Babeu support laws that allow for religious organizations to ban homosexuals from adopting children who are under their care? If Babeu supports gay marriage, what does that even mean that he thinks the purpose of marriage is?

        I personally could not support Babeu in a race for Congress because he thinks that he is a homosexual & he acts upon these depravities. But I do feel sorry for him & I pray that he can find some peace & repent of his sins as we all need to recognize the things that we do wrong & seek absolution from our Maker as we try to follow His laws. At the same time, if it was Babeu against almost any Democrat, I guess I’d have to either vote Libertarian or Constitutional Party or actually deal with the fact that I disagree absolutely with the way that Babeu has chosen to live his life & vote for him anyway. Almost any Republican is better than what the Democrat Party has become. They are all pro-gay & wrong on every other issue too.

        On one interesting other point, I wonder with the Sheriff’s position on abortion is. I guess in my biases, I just assume that a person who is so morally flawed on an issue like homosexuality would also have major moral flaws when it comes to supporting the right to life.

      • Realist says:

        The final straw for Babeau would be if his spurned illegal lover was(at the very beginning)forced into the relationship to avoid deportation. Until a bombshell of that magnitude is dropped, look for the Log Cabin Republicans and the GLBT community will rally around his candidacy. One would think that alliance alone would spell bad news for Babeau’s congressional hopes. We’ll see…

      • Mohave Mike says:

        I knew that! Although Clarabelle Dumbnick is also a big-mouthed jerk. My folks live in Tucson, so we discuss him often. Thanks for the correction.

  4. Night Owl says:

    Babeu isn’t called “Baboon” for no reason. He earned the name. What a loser.

  5. jackhammer says:

    What if and I mean what if this is an attack lead by the communists among us to bring a high profile Republican leader down and make us look bad and even mean when one of our own is brought down by his own bad choices? The Master said: ” Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”. Babeu made the wrong choices and they were his to make and I will fight for the free agency of all men and his wrong or right personal choices to be made and keep big government out of our personal lives. Look at the shockwaves from this, Mitt takes a hit, McCain takes a hit and the GOP looks like the real donkey’s in the race….smells like an inside rat job to me. I do not support the former men in their Rino actions but when it comes to GOP nobody picks on the PAC and gets away with it. Consider this your warning shot insider posers, We will find you and you will go away from the Reagan Revolution or We will break the door throwing you out.

    • Overtaxed1 says:

      You are a complete idiot jackhammer. You are just like the flea party…always blaming someone else for their deplorable behavior. In the book of Kings, the Bible in case you don’t read it, homos are called “male cult prostitutes.” I do not want a male cult prostitute as my sheriff or in any other office. Babeu is responsible for his own behavior ,if it is so ugly that most of us feel that we want to, it should be brought out. If the RINOS in my party had any integrity they would have booted him long ago.

  6. LEO IN TSN says:

    Nope, SRA, you got it wrong again. Sheriff Baboon has never “focused on border issues and illegal immigration…” All of his remarks have been of one note: “The Feds have to secure the border.” He has never advocated enforcing immigration laws and deporting illegal aliens. He has never had his department perform an enforcement operation based on Arizona illegal alien laws; he has never had his department perform a neighborhood crime sweep operation; he has never seen an illegal alien he wanted to arrest. He is content to grab publicity generated by a federal anti-smuggling task force that works in Pinal County so he will never have to arrest an illegal on his own.

    He has never uttered a word of support for AZ’s SB1070; he has never uttered a word of support for Sheriff Joe Arpaio; he has never uttered a word of support for MCA Andrew Thomas. He and his pro-amnesty partner from Cochise County are benefiting financially from a money-raising outfit that claims to want $$ for these two charlatans in their defense of a USDOJ lawsuit, but that foundation and Baboon never include defendant Sheriff Joe Arpaio in their pleas for money.

    Sheriff Baboon got his media start by walking a fake border with Sen. Juan McAmnesty, claiming “he’s one of us.” Those primary campaign ads, false by nature, catapulted him to the national spotlight as McAmnesty’s sheriff. Because of his access to the media, especially Fox-McAmnesty News, Baboon became the darling of the National Sheriff’s Association, and they selected him their poster boy because of his media exposure. That organization also supports amnesty for illegal aliens.

    No, SRA, Baboon has always been pro-amnesty, and this scandalous behavior is just another example of the “why.” His gayness has long been known, at least since his sister outed him several years ago. This now is about his lies on the campaign trail, his betrayal of his oath of office, his flagrant abuse of power and his sacrifice of the safety and security of his deputies and citizens in Pinal County on the altar of Amnesty for Illegals.

    Hopefully the Arizona Attorney General will be looking into this extortionary behavior by a powerful elected official.

    And parenthetically, SRA, we should ask ourselves why someone like Baboon would be drawn to support someone like Romney as a candidate???

    God bless America.

    • Capt. Marvel says:

      To answer your last question, it’s my opinion that Babeu supported Romney because he was told to.

      Right now Babeu is full of indignant puffery, riding his homosexuality like a white steed and declaring he’s staying in the congressional race and will win. That’s not going to happen. He’s been exposed as a flagrant men seeker, posting on “gay” websites, a liar and a fraud. The tricky part will be how his opponents address any of this. They’ll have to tread this water carefully. But there aren’t enough sodomites in his district to make up the votes he’s lost. Once he’s out as sheriff and then loses this race, he can be the “man” he thought he concealed.

  7. Frankly Speaking says:

    Babeu’s reckless behavior is typical of this segment of society. They have been given tacit approval/permission by the MSM and the educational establishment. That leads them to think they can post nearly naked photos of themselves on sites seeking male sexual partners EVEN as they pose as elected officials. Babeu’s arrogance has done him in. The fact that he was cavorting with an Mexican national while claiming he is leading the quest to chase them down would be hilarious if not so pathetic.

  8. Another LD11 PC says:

    Hasn’t this been pretty common knowledge about Babeu for awhile? I guess not. If not common knowledge, it was also not a secret. I hate to say, but until very recently there was also rampant “alternative lifestyle”-ism in the MCSO as well. I don’t know if it’s still going on there, but it was until certain high level “layoffs” occurred.

  9. Justin says:

    So true, Frank!!!
    This ad clearly explains what the public education agenda IS, and what it is NOT. It IS about promoting and mainstreaming the gay and union agenda, as they brainwash our children. That’s why Babeu thinks he can continue with his congressional campaign. No one will judge him, after all. They’ve all been brain numbed into thinking exercising judgement is a bad, rather than a good, thing.

  10. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    WOW! Could it be that AMNESTY-JOHN mccain is just the SECOND most despicable, nauseating, disgusting, embarrassing, pathetic slimebag elected official in Arizona ? (That would mean that AMNESTY-JOHN has benefited twice from babeu! Ya gotta wonder, has AMNESTY-JOHN provided babeu ILLEGALS boyfriends from those that work in cindy’s beer distributorship, in exchange for his support?)

    • TeaPartyPatriot says:

      Of course, I meant to say “Repub elected official”. We all know where grijalva is placed on the list of elected officials in Arizona – the slime beneath the slime, the lowest of the low and the crud at the bottom of the barrel.

  11. Lucy says:

    What I don’t understand is why a person like Babeu would continue to run for higher public office knowing what will eventually come out and knowing that it will end badly. The only thing I can figure is, like many politicians, his arrogance has gotten the best of him.