Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu’s sordid saga of sodomy, unrequited love and a threat-laced jilting has been making news around the country. From Florida’s Miami Herald to the San Francisco Chronicle, national outlets are reporting that Arizona’s Attorney General Tom Horne has designated Solicitor General Dave Cole to head an investigation into allegations that Babeu abused his power. Horne announced that he’ll recuse himself from the probe since he and Babeu have been political allies in the past.
Babeu, known for his insatiable appetite for publicity, is currently running for Congress in Arizona’s new 4th District. He has requested an investigation into allegations made against him and his office. Last weekend, Babeu acknowledged his homosexuality after Jose Orozco, a Mexican national and former lover, alleged he was threatened with deportation if he ever exposed their relationship.
Babeu was a no show at the Pinal County Board of Supervisors budget meeting yesterday.