Paul Babeu on Lovejoy Case in '07: Sheriff Arpaio Driven by "Insatiable Appetite for Media Attention"

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has lots of respect for Sheriff Joe Arpaio now that he'd like his support in Babeu's run for Congress. In 2007, Babeu said Arpaio arrested a police officer on animal cruelty charges simply to grab headlines.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who wants Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's support in his newly announced bid for Congress, had strong words for Arpaio after the 2007 arrest of officer Thomas Lovejoy.

Babeu questioned Arpaio's motives in the arrest, saying they were driven not by honest enforcement of the law, but an "insatiable appetite for media attention."

As the former president of the Chandler Law Enforcement Association, Babeu made the statements in a news release following Lovejoy's booking on a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge after Lovejoy's K-9 partner, Bandit, died in a hot patrol car.

Here's what Babeu said back then about the self-proclaimed "Toughest Sheriff," the guy he's now sucking up to:


We strongly disagree with Sheriff Arpaio's decision to charge, arrest and book Sgt Lovejoy, since the case has no criminal merit.

There was no intention to hurt, never mind cause the death of Bandit by any stretch of his culpable mental state (defined in ARS 13-105).

We are further troubled by our belief that the decision to charge, arrest, book and simultaneously hold a public press conference has been driven by an insatiable appetite for media attention.

Rather than fairly considering the legal merits of the case, as any citizen entitled to due process should receive, the Sheriff elected to manipulate the raw emotions of the public which are currently charged by recent local and national headlines.

The Sheriff's motivation is further suspect due to the unprofessional treatment of Sgt Lovejoy.


After Babeu was elected sheriff, he seems to have forgotten that he considered Arpaio a manipulator of raw emotions who's obsessed with media attention above everything else. Instead of becoming the public's watchdog for a sheriff he believed lack proper law-enforcement judgment, Babeu became one of Arpaio's most visible supporters.

The political alliance has had mutual benefit, with Babeu enjoying the sheriff's political support (and, no doubt, cash from Arpaio's often bigoted donors) and Arpaio enjoying a whitewashed investigation of his involvement in major ethical breaches in his office.

After writing a post this morning about the Lovejoy civil suit against Arpaio finally receiving a firm jury trial date of April 17, we decided to call Babeu and ask him about his 2007 diatribe for CLEA.

Chris DeRose, spokesman for Babeu, tells New Times that Babeu can't comment on the Lovejoy case, because he might be called as a witness in the trial. As far as his 2007 statements, "He's not repudiating those and he's not affirming them."

DeRose confesses that Babeu "will be delighted to have the support of Sheriff Arpaio in his run for Congress."

Whatever Babeu may have said about Arpaio in the past, "the two have become friends," DeRose adds. "He has tremendous respect for Arpaio."

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Chris DeRose

Considering that Arpaio's under severe criticism right now for apparent racial profiling, running an unethical office and overseeing a sex-crimes unit that essentially re-victimized rape victims, DeRose's latter statement draws a distinct line in the sand for potential voters.

Such flip-flops are common these days, though. Arpaio may be publicity-obsessed, but he helps gets votes -- and that's what counts most for Republicans dreaming of ballot-box victories.

This story reminds us of the Matt Salmon flip-flop, in which the former Congressman who's now running for Congress again sought and received an endorsement from Arpaio despite harsh, past criticism of the sheriff.

In 2005, Salmon told New Times about Arpaio: "I don't respect him. I don't think he's playing with a full deck."

Other examples? Well, there's the surreptitious recording made of a conversation between Bill Montgomery and County Supervisor Don Stapley before Montgomery was elected county attorney. As our April 30, 2010 article revealed:


Montgomery related how he'd been talking about serious issues during a meeting with Arpaio when the conversation suddenly turned to "stories about his family, past Valentine's Days, that sort of thing."

An aide popped in to prompt the sheriff out of his daydreaming, and "it was a little bit like -- I don't want to disparage him -- but a little bit like someone coming into a nursing home and saying visiting hours are over now."

Ouch.

He said the experience "led me to this conclusion -- and I'm sharing this in confidence..."

"Sure," Stapley encouraged him, knowing the tape was being made.

Montgomery then said he thought the investigation into the planned construction of the court tower was probably not the sheriff's idea, but that of Arpaio's staffers who wanted the construction money to offset budget cuts.

"Manipulating is too strong a term, but it was something akin to that," he said.

He suggested that David Hendershott, the sheriff's chief deputy, was behind the move.

"I don't see everything that he is doing as something that he's coming up with on his own," Montgomery said. "Telling Hendershott 'no' is something that's going to have be done."


Montgomery later happily received Arpaio's endorsement and benefited hugely from a TV ad and mailers that slammed Montgomery's opponent in the 2010 Republican primary, former County Attorney Rick Romley.

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ChuckFarley
ChuckFarley

Babeu can turn on you faster than a mad rattlesnake.

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Your father's Oldsmobile

Yeah, Arpaio's endorsement of Rick Perry is what won him the Iowa Caucus. Oh, wait, never mind.

Coz
Coz

One minute they're talking shit, the next they're swapping spit.
How do any of these retards get elected in the first place.

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

"Sherff Baboon criticizes Sherff Arpottypants"  is the correct headline for this article. C'mon New Times let's get some humor into the news............please?........LOL

Joe and his crowd fools no one
Joe and his crowd fools no one

How naive we have been!  We've always thought tht the red light atop  the police cruisers belong to Arpaio and his alter ego Babeu were for law enforcement purposes.  Now we realize that they were for the same purposes as the lights in front of Nevada cathouses.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Just about what I would expect from a man with the strength of character modeled after Joe Arpaio. 

ChuckFarley
ChuckFarley

There's no doubt that Babue is capable of recognizing another media hound when he sees one.  Think they'll split the sheets now?

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

I  have lived in Arizona   almost ten years now .......moving here full time because of severe back injury.....   and the onset of good ole Arthur in my back ....still havn`t got used to the GUTTER SLIME  that the voters of Arizona elect and re elect ....Example:   JOE ARPAIO...  does any one really think this man is a real lawman ?????  his blatent misuse of YOUR tax dollars......  right out racial profilling......  deaths in the MCSO jails that are  considered  JUST BUSINESS    and the 50 -100 million dollars in lawsuits that are considered  THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS .....  the 400 or so CHARGES THAT AREN`T EVEN INVESTIGATED  one a 2  year old .........THIS IS WHAT  ARIZONA WANTS ??????    NOW THIS OTHER ARPAIO SUCK ASS ...........BOOO-BOO...........my god people  WE THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER......................

Pecee69
Pecee69

Urgh!!!!!   Babeu is the male incarnation of Sarah Palin and a bigger media whore than both her and Arpiao combined, I want to vomit.

Jason
Jason

Why am I not surprised by this latest move by the Bald Bunion?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Another Az. lawman??? with no character or ethics. What a surprise.

Do conservatives have to take some kind of illiteracy test to prove they've dumbed down enough to join the republican party?

In my 26 yrs here, in election after election, they keep electing the most incompetent and/or corrupt politicians on the ballot.
The only consistent thing in this state, other than summer heat, is the conservatives total lack of the ability to learn from their mistakes.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

It is just Iowa.  Second place is pretty good...Oh, wait, never mind.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

I whole heartedly agree with you, Kpe, you must have been reading my mind!

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine said about Babeu: "That slime ball makes me want to puke."  Have you two been talking?

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

It looks like this is something endemic to Arizona, almost like Valley Fever.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

and I always find it ironic that people in AZ seem to want to vote out all the incumbents, but what they really want is ALL the people to be the same brand of corrupt asshats that they want to elect. Maybe in AZ one year everyone should vote Democratic. The Democrats in this state can't DO any fucking worse then the Conservative asshat Republicans!

teknik1200
teknik1200

you have to be fairly smart to pull the wool over people's eyes so effectively.

It's not a matter of being dumb, it's a matter of being corrupt and using any advantage they can to get themselves ahead, wether it's ethical or not is not a concern.

Guest1
Guest1

I want to puke as well. this self proclamed sheriff of the year, back in 2006 used to pick up male boys around chandler on his black cheroke car for military use and babeu used to do some sexual activity on his military car. is that right?

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Not a bad idea, PT, really. Maybe we should encourage all the voters who consider themselves "Independents" to vote "Democratic" in November. That would be a done deal! That would almost certainly be a dramatic improvement over what we have now!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

I laughed at what you wrote.  However, I believe the reality is that Janet is not a carpet muncher.  Nor does she partake in link sausages.

NorthAdamsRemembers
NorthAdamsRemembers

That was his unmarked N.G. vehicle (Grand Cherokee) that he scatted back and forth in going to Chandler and STV, instead of toughing it out with the troops on the border in Yuma (that he was so valianlty commanding).  

Funny that Babeu keeps trashing Napolitano now, when he freely kissed her butt when she was governor and he was the Task Force Yuma commander, with her directly over him in the Guard.

Now, according to him, she has no knowledge of the border and its security.  Yes, she has plenty of other issues, but she is no less qualified to be DHS head than Babeu is to be a sheriff or a member of congress. And she has probably slept with far more women than Babeu ever has.  I'm sorry. Not a fair comparison.

As for his little boy friends, there are names and photos that are about to surface. Time for a reunion, Paul?

As for Mr. DeRose, instead of your "cease and desist" letters you sent to former lovers in behalf of your client, you might ask Mr. Babeu to "cease and desist" in his errant behavior and things will be better off for everyone.

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