Paul Babeu's Flack Fans Flames in Battle With Border Mayors

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Sheriff Paul Babeu fighting a two-front war. On one front: drug cartels. On the other: three border mayors who want him to tone down the rhetoric.
There's a pissing match underway between the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and three mayors of cities along the U.S./Mexico border -- and it just got pissier.

In one corner: Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. In the other: mayors Arturo Garino of Nogales, Michael Gomez, of Douglas, and Juan Escamilla, of San Luis, who have asked Babeu to tone down the rhetoric when talking about border violence.

The mayors feel that some of Babeu's chatter is hurting business in their cities -- namely his assertion that an armed showdown in the desert between law enforcement agencies and drug cartels is imminent.

In a letter to Babeu, the mayors asked that he "not cultivate a culture of fear" in the Grand Canyon State that "may keep national media coming to Arizona" but, in reality, is hurting the economies of border cities.

Babeu responded with a letter of his own, which you can see here.

This morning, Babeu's public information officer, Tim Gaffney, sent his own letter to the mayors -- he even drops the line "when you go to bed and have 'sweet dreams of tourism dancing through your head.'"

See Gaffney's letter, in its entirety, below. 

February 17, 2011

Mayors' Garino, Escamilla and Gomez, September 11, 2001 was the largest terrorist attack on American soil in our history. The 9-1-1 Commission preached we need to have "transparency in government" so our citizens can make educated decisions for themselves regarding their personal safety.

I have been in law enforcement for nearly twenty-years and currently serve as the Public Information Officer for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. It is my job to put out News Releases to inform the public on what is happening in Pinal County. Your letter to Sheriff Babeu dated February 9th, 2011 is critical of the information we have released publically and it even questioned its accuracy.

The U.S. Border Patrol and others have said, although Pinal County is not on the border, our problems are magnified because the cartels who come through the three border counties, which are not secured, are funneled through Pinal County. Statistics show during the past four years we have seen dramatic increases in totals tied to drug and human trafficking. In fact, our vehicle pursuits and drug seizures are higher than any of the four border counties.

Below are some of the photos from cases our folks have investigated during this past year that we have reported on openly. If you speak to your law enforcement agencies in your area, you will find they have a far different view point then you have expressed in your letter and are very supportive of our efforts.

 

Regarding the effect on visitors, have you seen the "Normandy Style Barriers" our citizens are greeted with 70 miles north of the border? Below are photos in case you have not seen them. How come if we care so much about border security, these barriers are 70 miles north of the border and not on the border?



Tonight when you go to bed and have "sweet dreams of tourism dancing through your head" please say a prayer for the men and women of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office who are involved nightly with vehicle and foot pursuits involving cartel members responsible for drug and human trafficking.

Regards,


Tim Gaffney, Public Information Office Pinal County Sheriff's Office
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Your move, border mayors.



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Ed from Dedham
Ed from Dedham

Gaffney says the photos in his letter are "from cases our folks have investigated," but he got one of them -- the 4th one -- from Harry L Hughes III, the Nazi.

This is utterly unacceptable.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Wow, that is an interesting letter written by Mr. Gaffney. Certainly not professional and most professionals would be astounded to receive such a document.

["Your move, border mayors."]

Really, Mr. Gaffney? Is this a game of chess being played out between the sheriff and the border mayors? Surely you jest?

It appears Babeu has learned well from his mentor at MCSO. "Say whatever you think might get their attention and make others invalidate your comments as being untruthful".

Honestly, PCSO and MCSO are an embarrassment to professional policing.

Punkwatch
Punkwatch

Staffer=Paul Babeu's boy bitch.

Johnmayhewaz
Johnmayhewaz

I would very much like to see someone from The Phoenix New Times check into factual accuracy of the statement from the Pinal County Sheriff's office released earlier this week in response to the letter from the mayors of Nogales, Douglas, and San Luis. Specifically, this statement:

"Just this week, the US Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Pinal County has a minimum of 75-100 mountains or high terrain features that are occupied by Mexican Drug Cartels."

I assume Tim Gaffney was the author of the response. It just reeks of the same odor as the whole Louis Puroll affair: Bullshit.

Gaffney needs to be asked who, exactly and specifically, in the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Mexcian drug cartels control a minimum of 75 to 100 mountains and other terrain features in Pinal County. I'd really like to hear what the Department of Homeland Security has to say about this.

My hunch is that Gaffney is just making it up. Russell Pearce style, as in half the murders in Phoenix are committed by illegal aliens.

If Gaffney's just making it up, he needs to be called out on it.

New Times?

fatman
fatman

DetJack you make an excellent point.

teknik1200
teknik1200

unfortunately public opinion is far more important then facts these days.

if you can manipulate public opinion you have successfully manipulated the public.

Heywood_James
Heywood_James

Go easy on Babeu, it ain't so easy tilting at windmills and keeping your makeup from smearing at the same time.

Gaffney seems to have adapted well and gives new meaning to someone being on the Sheriff's staff.

Nice photos you included for the mayors. Think you showed them a new thing or two? Maybe they were new to you and the sheriff, but I don't think it really impressed them.

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

Its starting to sound as if Sheriff P-Bamboon of Pinal County, is becoming a fraidy pussy cat rather than a legitimate law enforcement official. And if he's all scared shitless, he needs a new job, man.

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

Completely unprofessional, uncalled for and juvenile.

Yo, Babeu and Gaffney, your bullet heads are missing the mayor's point. They're not saying there isn't a problem. It's that your rhetoric doesn't match reality and that you're hurting the livelihoods of the people who pay the taxes that pay your frickin' salaries.

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it's not all about you. So set your petty little personalities and hurt egos aside and act like adults, not school yard pricks who think they know everything and feel the need to slap down anyone who disagrees with them. The mayors have a point. Show some respect.

Rob
Rob

Hmmm...seems they had a "armed showdown" a while back with a certain Deputy who's no longer with PCSO.

Wonder why Babeu or Gaffney are not offering up his "story" as "evidence" of the problems?

Wondering
Wondering

Dear deputy Dipshit, why do you have a job?

DetJack
DetJack

How completely inappropriate for an arrogant (white) staffer to smart-off to three elected officials. For someone who claims he has been around for awhile, he knows damn little about propriety. Tim, you're a STAFFER.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Detective, you must not remember the MCSO goons, Palmer and Sousa and their 'press conference' where they shouted for their detractors to, "SHUT UP, JUST SHUT UP". But, it seems Mr. Gaffney is of the same fold.

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