Paul Babeu, Pinal County Sheriff, Hosts Press Conference to Address New Times Story. Admits He's Gay and Says He Quit the Mitt Romney Campaign

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Sheriff Paul Babeu addresses members of the media, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
​Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu just announced at a press conference that he is a gay man and that he is no longer a part of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign.

"I called the Romney campaign, and I told him I'm going to step away from the campaign," Babeu told a crowd of reporters. He says the campaign told him: "We support your decision, sheriff."

Babeu was serving as the Arizona co-chair of the Mitt Romney for President campaign.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said, "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," the Huffington Post reported.

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​Babeu called the press conference a day after New Times broke the story about allegations from the sheriff's former boyfriend that Babeu's attorney threatened him with deportation after he refused to sign an agreement promising not to disclose details of their relationship.

See additional photos from Saturday's press conference as well as additional images obtained from Sheriff Babeu's ex-lover allegedly showing text message communication between the two.

The sheriff and congressional candidate said his personal life was none of anyone's business, and said a couple times during the press conference that it was "almost a relief" for his orientation to be out in the open.

He denied the allegations made by the ex-boyfriend, and instead painted him as a jilted lover and former campaign volunteer who hacked into his website and other accounts.

Babeu characterized the business dispute as ending after his attorney, Chris DeRose, demanded from Jose all the passwords to the accounts they say were hacked. However, letters provided to New Times detail continued exchanges between DeRose and Melissa Weiss-Riner.

If the matters were settled, and there were no further attempts to persuade Jose into silence, then why would DeRose continue contacting Weiss-Riner?

Weiss-Riner, who received the phone calls directly from DeRose, stands by her clients' allegations.

Babeu admitted to reporters that he did have a personal relationship with Jose, the man who reached out to New Times to share his story. And he also said he did not deny the veracity of the text messages or photos published by our publication.

In one series of texts Jose provided, the sheriff himself appears to be threatening his former lover:

Babeu: "You can never have business after this and you will harm me and many others in the process . . . including yourself & your family."

Babeu followed with: "And you say you have loved me? Papi . . . this is no good."

Jose responded: "Good threats. Wont work. Im already hurt me . . . and you didn't care."

Then later:

Jose: "Dont threat me. Thats illegal. Im just speaking . . . true."

Babeu: "You have crossed the line. Better get an attorney. You brother will also be contacted."

Soon after, DeRose sent an e-mail directly to Jose ordering him to "cease and desist."

Babeu contended during the press conference that his attorney was contacting Jose and Jose's lawyer about Jose's tampering with campaign websites, that there were never any threats about Jose's getting deported -- but Jose and Weiss-Riner dispute the sheriff's claim.

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Trolololo
Trolololo

Ha this explains so many questions about the Pinal County Sheriffs Office operation. 

Jgp Crowe
Jgp Crowe

There is more to this story. Let's wait until we find out if Jose is illegal, and what the investigation hows. Don't get your panties in a was just because he is gay. If he did use intimination, that is the story here. Rebulican or Democrat, there are poor judgement makers everywhere. How about blackmail - emotional or monetary - that's one area no one explored. lol

Jgp Crowe
Jgp Crowe

Sorry about the spelling. Investigation shows, panties in a wad' intimidation

Cronkite
Cronkite

why has the new times not posted the "evidence" that Babeu actually threatened deportation

I mean it would give 100% credibility to your story, present the facts instead of "we saw the evidence and want to tell you it's the truth"

journalism 101..

Djalma Saraiva Filho Saraiva
Djalma Saraiva Filho Saraiva


Paul Babeu, since childhood, has always had a dubious behavior means. He loved to play with toys from his sister Catherine Hellen Babeu, as dolls, cars, little machine sewing and use ballet shoes, dresses and panties of mana. Was so fond of women who wore bob pee and did cocaine. His father, Mr. Steve Harrison Babeu, over schedule, became suspicious of her son when he was in pubertal stage of life where puberty is a period in which biological and physiological changes occur. It is this period that the body develops physically and mentally mature and becoming a teenager is able to bear children. It should not be confused as a synonym of adolescence, since puberty is part of adolescence. At this stage, changes are observed such as: depelos growth, growth of testes and appearance of the breasts. But Paul, when he began to notice the appearance of hair above his scrotum, he wanted to reverse his position, placing the bag back between his legs, looking like a woman's xoxotinha. His father began to worry about it because not only had girlfriends and friends. July 4, Independence Day United States of America, Steve took his whole family to attend the festivities that happen in the Square Abram Lincoln.Quando start the school parade, there was a funny case: a beacons of dancers, let his hand and fell exactly in the Paulzinho feet. He gently reached down, picked up is the goal, but with a twist: instead of returning the beacon to the dancer, like him, left requebrando more than a samba of Brazilian samba school, and dropping the pullet for all sides . His father, with one unexpected gesture of his son, gave up. Sharon said the owner, his wife who was last with shame at the behavior of your son single Paulzinho said: we miss the testosterone level of our son. Paul is gay! After this discovery, on the alternative sex of the child, the family suffered a lot. But as time passed. Paul before joining the police, made the seminar. His father asked earnestly to be Father Paul or Pastor of the Baptist Church. He entered the seminary of the Oblate Fathers. They say their favorite class was astronomy. Always went in the attic of accommodation with friends who had telescopes to see the stars. It was shortly after he discovered he was gay and was misleading the minor seminary. With elasticity of time, did theater and wrote a play that was very successful on Broadway: Woman Sawed Viva. His favorite writers were, Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. His dream was to meet consumer two cities in Brazil: Campinas and Pelotas, considered according to the IBGE, where there are as many gay people per square millimeter of the universe. Finally, over time, joined the police in Arizona, to be guardian of the Mexican border, as Sheriff. Unstressed came again, his congenital sexual preference, so far as to publicly declare his canúbio with Mexican immigrant, Miguel Zapata. Few knew that her name was Cassandra Always Forever War. Poor Paul! Now pre-candidate for the U.S. presidency, Mitt Romney, were surprised on Saturday (18/02). Paul Babeu, Sheriff, is responsible for pre-campaign of Republican candidate in Arizona, lest the same thing happened to Richard Nixon, with 'Baby' Charles Rebozo, a Cuban-American businessman with a history of failed relationships with women , and was the mistress of the president, who became world famous for the scandal of the case Watergay (gate).

NewTimesFan
NewTimesFan

Double Down Blog has a good point about Jose and his brother.

"Babeu: “You have crossed the line. Better get an attorney. You brother will also be contacted.”

What did Babeu mean when he wrote “You brother will also be contacted”?  This drama is far from over."
Is Jose's brother also in the county illegally and Babue is threatening him too???

Also ..Remember the Badges that Babue purchased. NT should compare the list of people that were given the badges with Babue's campaign donor list.

Lee
Lee

Over half of illegal immigrants who come to America come through Arizona.

The other half comes through Sheriff Babeau.

Red River Rover
Red River Rover

Yeah...

This does put a complete different spin on the saying, "Burying bones in the desert..."

~Red~

Robert McCoy
Robert McCoy

typical Arizona hypocrite.  gay or str8, makes no dif. the state breeds hypocrisy and corruption.  look at mccain ... enough said. 

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

He may no doubt have been compromised in the past by hiding his embarrassing penchant for men.    Especially illegal alien men he swore to keep out of Arizona.    He's a liar.    All politicians lie but when they get caught in something like this they might as well just resign in disgrace and move to San Francisco.    And that statistic that some gay dude made up about 10% of all people in the country being gay...dream on gay dude.    It's 2%.    Even though we're supposed to bend over backwards for your rights and give you protection from anyone saying anything negative or which you perceive as being negative about you.    It's all backwards.   Everyone is protected under the law.    There's no need to ask for more protection if the law is properly utilized in the first place.   The whole gay issue is used as a distraction tool.    It's sick and disgusting.    Anyone who thinks being homosexual is cool, is controlled by the puppet masters.  

Goc
Goc

Anti-Inmigrante pero le encantaba q se lo COJIERA UN ILEGAL! ,  conservador Republicano pero MARICA? ESTE TIPO LO Q ESTABA ERA PERDIDO, Q aproveche y se vaya a Brazil y se Difraza y pasa desapercibido!!!!! ANOTHER aSSHOLE RACIST AND GAY REPUBLICAN!

Pcpolitical
Pcpolitical

the gay republicans I have dated and known seem to always have the same problem... they've become masters at splitting themselves up into these little compartments with their sexuality. They begin to do it with other facets of their lives as well, especially their political opinions & actions. The closet and internalized hate distorts everything! They barely recognize & react to their OWN oppression and inequality. So that inability to recognize & feel upset about their own oppression makes them incapable of seeing or recognizing any oppression to other groups of people.

RH
RH

The good thing about this whole story is folks the GOP in Arizona is only 35%, nationally they are around 22%, neither figure is a majority, sure they win elections sometimes by hook and crook, deceptions, voter fraud via vote suppression, sending out them flyers telling folks to go to the wrong polling stations, etc., the new Jim Crow Jr is the photo ID thing, takes no rocket scientist to know who is less likely to have a drivers license or auto, a poor democrat white, non-white etc., of course many of the middle class are loosing them wheels and homes to the repo man and foreclosure, so the gap is growing! The GOP birther's are so desperate to win they are trying to bump Obama off the ballot sheet, they cannot win with 22% only, they either have to cheat, lie or commit fraud to win!:-)

RH
RH

This fellows career is toast, he resigned Romney campaign within 48 hours of this story breaking, am not a psychic, prophet of god but common sense tells me if he lasts a week or two it will amaze me, already the county officials are calling for his resignation, his run for congress is toast, hate to bust the bubble of all you log cabin republicans hiding in them right wing closets but statistics show 10% of america is gay, by no standard is that a majority, feel sorry for you since but for the grace of god there go I, don't know why you folks exist, were born or have some genetic issue, not judging, not condemning but hating democrats for your personal desires, issues will not make it go away or get better! Joining a political party which deems your behavior a abomination before god is your choice, not anyone elses! I have always puzzled over gays, non-whites of any race joining a party who in 1960's adopted the most racist folks in america ex-democrats now coined as dixiecrats due to their anger over segregation, jim crow laws being over turned loosing them their monoply & control of the lesser folks among them, you gays were even looked as lower than a darkie in them days, guess if one likes being a 2nd class citizen join the GOP!:-)

teknik1200
teknik1200

oh noes the gays are taking over the world!!!!111!!1!

Lapp
Lapp

In 2002 (at the age of 33, the year he entered Arizona Law Enforcement Academy), Babeu said of Richard Lavigne (the notorious sexually-abusive Catholic priest), in connection with a lawsuit from which he received a substantial settlement, that Lavigne "told me there was nothing wrong with homosexuality and there were passages in the Bible to prove it."  He was understood at the time, and I think meant to be understood, to be saying this with strong disapprobation.  Less than a year earlier, Babeu was working and living at the DeSisto School. 

RH
RH

I see, he's gay due to a gay priest molested him!:-) Are you on his legal defense team?:-) Or are you one of his fans, supporters? I guess it takes no rocket scientist to figure this one out, sorry but I think why he is gay is like trying to defend a child molester who was molested and then went onto molest, most folks will not care in the end!:-) I guess he might use it in a civil/criminal trial which is likely coming, he was sheriff, acting under color of law, making Pinal county ulitmately financially liable as well for his actions, guess I am glad I don't live in Pinal county and my taxes will not go up to pay for this gay sheriffs antics!:-)

Vladimir Smith
Vladimir Smith

This pathetic clown is a disgrace to all of us Republicans. He should resign immediately.

james_from_cambridge
james_from_cambridge

Actually, he's your typical, hypocritical "do as I say, not as I do" Republican. Your party is filled with arbiters of morality that can't live up to their stated morals, yet that doesn't stop them from preaching and judging away. That's why GOP sex scandals are the gift that keep on giving and why everyone now knows that as soon as a GOP christian nutter opens his mouth to condemn gays, that he's secretly sucking every dick he can get his hands on. (Mrs. "Hellooooooooooooooo Dolly" Bachmann anyone?) And before you start going on about how the Democrats also do shit like this, nobody cares when a Dem does it because there's no hypocrisy involved with the Democrats. They don't go around telling people they're a third class citizen for being gay, condemning "sexual immorality" or 
 being in any way holier-than-thou on matters of sex.They're not hypocrites the way the GOP psychos are.

Myfanny
Myfanny

Please don't tell me you actually like or respect Harry, Barry and Nancy?  

ingatuma
ingatuma

LMMFAO.....I guess the brown guy was giving it to the bald guy LMFAO

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Elected representitives are not an official anything. Government employees are public servents. peace

Vic
Vic

I agreed with all you said but you should have stopped before you decided to talk to
us women.  Wrong and over the line.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Stud Boi for Congress
Tough on illegals:  Bang them and deport them!
Family Values!
7 inches and cut!
Sheriff Joe's little buddy!
Send a Sheriff of the Year to Congress!
Vote for Stud Boi!

RH
RH

In the text messages Babeu called his lover boy "papi", now my spanish is a bit rusty but that is daddy, now when I have had a lady call me daddy in a erotic moment I was giving her the bone, not the other way around, now my guess is Jose is or was boning Babeu guess he was truly getting from mexico the hard way!;-)

ChrisInTempe
ChrisInTempe

If he abused his office to threaten the ex lover, that's bad and the New Times is correct to act on it in print.

Problem is all I see is the accusation, not hard evidence. If that evidence does not exist then the New Times has committed a despicable act attacking anyone over their consensual adult sexual activity.

If the point should boil down to the foolishness of tempting the media to dig up salacious crap, well that has never been a fair smear against anybody.

So, I am a bit torn on this one because I went from liking Babeu early on to being disappointed in his leadership. At the same time I routinely see the news media as applying unfair standards.

An Internal Affairs investigation is needed here. The outcome of which would be that either Babeu or the New Times will deserve punishment.

Walter Hall
Walter Hall

When you run for office as a Republican, it helps to tell the truth about who you are since the GOP tends to be objectively bigoted against gay people. Abuse of power is legally the serious charge but being gay in an anti-gay party is, on a human level, the more interesting one. Why are there so many gay Republicans? Why are so ashamed of being gay?

Remember when Bill Clinton was impeached for his consensual affair (I know - technically it was his lie to a grand jury, but there wouldn't have been a controversy without the sex). Republicans were hypocrites in this instance as well. Now we're finding out that the party of Family Values thinks birth control is a bad idea. Is there no floor to how low these self-righteous hypocrites will sink?

There is no Republican majority without playing on people's fear of sex, gays, and minorities. This is why this issue is so juicy and so important. Republicans employ the God, Guns, and Gays card and then they get all pouty when it blows up in their face. But the real issue here is that Republicans routinely demagogue homosexuality and then play the wounded fawn when one of theirs gets outed.

Patrick Higgins
Patrick Higgins

paul, paul, paul.  fight this with your every fiber.  your every muscle.  your every dollar.  draw it out, cause i am loving this story.  i wish there was more right now, but as soon as this moves to the courts, the story will be strung out.  i just can't wait a coupla years for the T.V. movie.  the title should be, "He Let His Penus Do The Thinkin". 

Chris
Chris

Why is that lying scumbag Jose's face censored out but private pictures, that Jose provided, of the Sherriff are publicized? You leftwing fascists are dirtbag hypocrites. This will backfire on you and I can't wait to see it happen. Paul broke no law and is allowed, as a citizen, to have the same rights and freedoms as everyone else. And he's allowed to hold whatever beliefs he chooses. But you liberal bigots can't stant that blacks or women or men of a gay orientation should hold a conservative philosophy. So instead of debating and trying to win on the battlefield of ideas, you have to destroy them (Cain, Palin, Babeu, etc) personally. You fascists never change but the good news is you will suffer the same fate!

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Fascists, Goober, are from the right wing. Remember Mussolini, Hitler, Peron, Franco, Horthy, Laval? Right wing - not left wing. If you are going to sling words like a monkey throws feces,it would be more appropriate, if not accurate, to use the terms "Commie" or "Socialist."As for Babeu, the issue is that he is a hypocritical, power-hungry liar who panders to teabagger nativists while hiding who he really is, rather than his sexual orientation.

He rode the Louie Puroll bullshit story as far and hard as he could until Puroll (as the Newtimes pointed out from the get-go) was shown to be lying about the whole business. He made a career out of playing the illegal immigrant fear card while hiding that his sexual orientation was such that teabaggers would despise and repudiate him if they knew.

He lied about the network of smugglers' "observation posts" on hilltops and mountains in his county. But it sounded good to Goobers like you who aren't concerned when facts get in the way of their cherished beliefs.

Do you honestly believe that he would have been elected sheriff of Pinal County if he had openly acknowledged his sexual orientation from the beginning? It's analogous to a Jew joining the S.S. and doing his best to show he is more of a Nazi than the Aryans. Or a light-skinned black "passing" and running for elected office in Alabama on a "keep the nigras in their place" platform.

Babeu is a public figure, Goober. Jose is not. Not yet, anyway. And you know quite well that your fellow Goobers will make death threats when his identity is divulged. That is, after all, the Goober way. Kinda like burning crosses on people's front lawns or breaking the windows of Democratic congressmen. Cowardly and violent. The Goober way.

It is you, Goober, who cannot win on the battlefield of ideas. Goobers continue to beat the "brown invasion" and "reconquista" drum and recite their disassociated mantra as the Border Patrol continues to deploy more and more agents, while at the same time they apprehend fewer and fewer illegal border crossers.

It is you, Goober, and Goobers like you, who continue to trumpet the insane paranoia about Mexican American studies and the fantasy that MAS teachers are fomenting race hatred and training future insurrectionists. If you are gay and a Republican you have a major league identity problem. And a problem justifying your personal and private lives. Just like Paul Babeu. Good luck.

Johnnywazagoodboi
Johnnywazagoodboi

Don't try to play the "gay card" and "Romney-resignation" to upstage the pathetic disgrace of a human being that you are.

Vegas Dlight
Vegas Dlight

 Ay Caramba!

"Papi this is no good."  Sheriff Badeu.  You are right, it is not good to be threatening people under the color of law. It is about time the Justice Department gets serious about investigating these bigots.

SpeedyGonzo
SpeedyGonzo

What is with Babeu feeling him up like that? Objectify much?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Joe Arpaio ... Who?

This is certainly a distraction.

tomheff
tomheff

Thank God the NewTimes outed this closet democrat before he could do anymore damage to the normal people in our society. Really getting tired of these perverts pretending to be what they aren't because they know what a disgusting lifestyle they have chosen.

Thanks again NewTimes, another homo outed, keep up the good work.

RH
RH

Closet democrat!:-) Your desperation in trying to pawn off your gay log cabin republican is so funny!:-) Sorry you folks get to own him not us democrats our gays don't hide in closets ask Barney Franks!:-)

Vicki
Vicki

Your views are disgusting. Sounds like you hate anyone with different views or that are different than you.
You do not believe in human rights or civil rights? Just what damage has a homosexual ever done to you?  Why do you even care?
 
And no, I'm straight. married Catholic woman, mom of three. Confident straight men do not feel threatened by gays and I don't understand why some men do. 

Jan Stalker
Jan Stalker

I just wonder if 'The Sean boy' will admit to being on the 'down-low' when he gives Mr. Cute-Y the NATIONAL WHINE forum he's sure to get!!???  hee! hee!

RH
RH

If one claims moral superiority, conservative christian values and is gay one can see how this will not go over well with them right wing evangelicals! I really don't care if he is gay or tri-sexual, a-sexual or what ever category! Since all my life I have lived by the motto what others eat will not make me fat! And personally being married twice, divorced twice feel let the gays get married, enjoy the fun of divorce, custody disputes, alimony, child support, property division disputes etc.! Why deny them all that fun!;-)

RH
RH

Now the priceless part of this story which is likely driving them 2% elite GOP characters bonkers is he was co-chair for Romney campaign, now imagine how will they spin this since Romney is a hard line marriage is for men and women, and one can bet Santorum will make a field day with this one claiming man on dog folks is whom support Romney who already is unpopular as a mormon culitist who they deem akin to a atheist!:-) One has to enjoy this show, its even funnier than 2008 when they ran McCain/Palin!:-)

RH
RH

The funniest thing about this story and the right wing defenders and nervous nellies defending this fellow is its not us democrats you got to worry about its them evangelicals who deem him and his boyfriend a abomination before god!:-) They do have their token log cabin republicans whom they tolerate on election day and then tell them now back into your closet, we want ask and you don't tell!;-) The right wing closeted gays will be having cows with this one but there is a old saying if you lay down with dogs you will get fleas!:-) Us democrats are not the ones who will decide if he wins the primary, or if he gets forced to resign its his buddies who he has to worry about!:-)

Frkhernand
Frkhernand

Monica you seek the turth and found the turth....great story

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