Paul Babeu, the Suddenly Openly Gay Pinal County Sheriff, Vows to Continue Congressional Run, Serve Out Remaining Term as Sheriff -- Despite Mexican Ex-Lover's Insistence That Sheriff's Camp Threatened Him With Deportation

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Photo by Jamie Peachey
The sheriff's friend, Jay Stewart, praises Babeu during the press conference.
​Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu turned a nearly hour-long press conference to address allegations of threats that he and his attorney made to Babeu's ex-boyfriend into a parade of people defending his right to be gay.

He asked a slew of own employees and friends to the microphone to offer him their unyielding support, trying to spin the situation he finds himself in into an attack on his homosexuality -- which until he confirmed it today was something he never talked about publicly. Indeed, many people New Times spoke with yesterday were amazed to learn that the tough-talking, right-wing Republican lawman is gay.

The huge irony is that Jose, Babeu's ex-boyfriend and a Mexican national, says threats of deportation came because he refused to sign an agreement not to disclose details of his relationship with the sheriff. (New Times is withholding Jose's last name because of these threats.)

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.

Jose's attorney, Melissa Weiss-Riner, who received phone calls directly form Chris DeRose, Babeu's attorney and congressional campaign consultant, confirms that DeRose claimed Jose's visa was expired, as well as warned that Jose shouldn't bring attention to himself or he could be deported.

Babeu's spin is that the media (that is, New Times) used the "baseless" allegations as a "hook" to write a story about his sexuality.

Babeau's claim that the allegations are baseless is far from the truth.

The story is about a sheriff who is accused of abusing his power and displaying reckless judgment in e-mailing explicit photographs of himself to at least one anonymous individual.


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Photo Paul Babeu sent to Jose.
​As we pointed out in our news story, Weiss-Riner wrote to the sheriff's attorney on January 17 that the sheriff's "continued harassment and intimidation have caused [Jose] to live in fear."

In an earlier letter on September 30, Weiss-Riner wrote to DeRose that his "claim that [Jose] does not have legal status in this country is simply not true. However, if your client ... Mr. Babeu wishes to make these allegations, my client will prevail against the claims."

Babeu's own text message to Jose states: "You can never have business after this and you will harm me and many others in the process ... including yourself and your family."

Excerpts from the letters were included in the New Times' article, along with text messages between Babeu to Jose. Babeu told reporters that he did not deny the veracity of the photos or text messages.

Pinal County Board of Supervisors chairman Pete Rios has called for Babeu's immediate resignation.

Babeu stressed, however, that he plans to stick it out.



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Roar
Roar

Sloppy New Times reporting, yet again!  Don't you fact check anything?  First, the Dible decision by the 9th Circuit regarding his termination was filed in 2010.  The 2007 decision dealt with whether a client can pay for a lawyer's misdeeds, pursuant to Rule 11 (and the Dibles won!).  Second, firing an individual who is an employee, e.g., a police officer, is completely different from the employment policies applicable to an elected official, e.g., a sheriff.  Dible just doesn't apply.  And dating sites aren't the same as porn!  Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

CptZEEP
CptZEEP

You know before - I just thought he was just a conservative cocksucker. Now we all know, he's a conservative cocksucker.

narizona
narizona

On national T V Just think you,the old sea hag and studboi , hell yeah and jose    A    tooo!

narizona
narizona

Joe here's your calling!!!!!!!

narizona
narizona

I wan't to know when he's going to be on steve springer, with HOSE A maybe jan and joe too!

azdriver
azdriver

Ok press!  It's time to identify this phantom person "Jose".  That aside, Babeu is stupid to think his postings are of a strictly personal nature and nobody's business.  People need confidence in their public servants.  He has destroyed his own credibility.  I doubt he'll be re-elected Sheriff.  He certainly will not win a Congressional seat in Arizona.

Rotor Dog
Rotor Dog

At least the liberals are up front about their deviant and debased behaviors. (Barney Frank?)  The sheriff let alot of people down and fooled them all.  Now he will be welcomed and embraced by MSNBC, CNN and the rest of the liberal society corrosive media outlets. 

Carolana
Carolana

If a teacher were to post pictures like these, how long would it take to fire that teacher?

Dahoss2x
Dahoss2x

NewSlimes should do a story on Larry Sinclair. Janet Nappy is a lesbian. No story there.

Bobby
Bobby

I bet a show of hands from the Pinal county sheriff's deputies would show him how little their boss is respected.   Time to hit the road Studboi 1.

Jean
Jean

I don't really understand why Jose is trying to hide his identity.  Paul and numerous other people know who he is.  I can only guess that Jose or NewTimes is going to grab the headlines again when Jose's identity is made known, and claim that Paul is responsible for that too in some twisted way (such as if he, Jose, receives any threats, its going to all be due to Paul).
Give it another day or two and see what happens...I think its a calculated move meant to draw this out longer and keep it current in the news for much longer than the original story would have.

m4bud
m4bud

For someone running for federal office, listing the Desisto private school as his history of experience is problematic. Not being familiar with the place, I googled it. The school wiki info lists financial mayhem, sexual and safety charges as well as eventual discovery of fraud, licensing revocation, and shuttering of the facility.
None of these reflect well on a (recently outed) formerly closeted conservative from Arizona...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

Nope
Nope

Having dealt with Jose's attorney, I wouldn't be surprised to see her completely twisting facts in a "demand" letter of sorts. 

dsh_nva
dsh_nva

>> Babeu stressed, however, that he plans to stick it out.

Without photos, we hope.

ltc444
ltc444

It is unfortunate that the investigation of Paul Babeau has focused on his sexual orientation.

A through investigation of his activities as Sheriff is needed.  Following are some of the charges which have been forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney, The AZ Attorney Generals Office, the FBI, The BATF and all of the Phoenix News outlets:

Loss of 200 weapons from the Pinal County SO along with the documentation.
Harrassing critics.
Sending deputies to harass citzens who report criminal violations by his supporters.
Illegal wiretapping.
Low money ceasures from drug bust.
Source of campagin donations.
Release of investigative files to subjects of investigations.
Dispatching a Swat team to Apache County to "conduct a surviliance" of a critic.

Fox News was repeatedly informed of these allegations and continued to use Babeau as a source.

Each of the major TV stations was given information concerning these allegations and did not investigate.

The FBI instructed one complaintent to file a complaint with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office when the Sheriff was the subject of the complaint.

The AZ Attorney General's Office charged with investigating Public Corruption refused to investigate Babeau and his ally Supervisor Bryan Martin.

The Civil Rights Division refused to investigate complaints of racial profiling by his officers.

As a former intelligence analyst, I provided each of the entities with actionable intelligence.  Had these charges been investigated in 2010 Babeau would have been gone.

I understand the County Attorney's reluctance to investigate.  I do not understand the failure by Tom Horn and his staff as well as the Federal LEO and Phoneix News media.

Johnfordfw
Johnfordfw

The flash is not very flattering. Perhaps he should have done a profile shot.

Broski Love
Broski Love

First I'd like to start by saying that Paul Babeu's facebook page is actively censoring and banning people who ask questions that paint the "Bologna Bopper" in a negative light. I believe there may be something to Paul whitewashing the MCSO investigation for fear of being outed. Joe Arpaio may have already had dirt on Paul's penial pandering.

 Does anyone else wonder how many men Babeu has frisked and stripped whilst on duty and if he derived any pleasure or gratification from it. We routinely see deviants take jobs to put them in positions of power where they can feed their deviant sexual desires.Might be something to ask him if he didn't hide behind censors and an attorney. I can say deviant because what he did was devious and it has nothing to do with being gay.

rr
rr

this man needs to resign ASAP..he is a pig taking naked pictures of himnself and posting online...fire his ass

SamBrowne
SamBrowne

 He lied to the military to obtain and secure his employment.  Why would you think he'd do any less right now?  He's a proven liar.  Now I know Republicans like their liars, but really - do they like homosexual liars???

Expert Shot
Expert Shot

Babeu says: "For any other person to define somebody else's relationship and to say
that it's not okay, that is not who we are as Americans." 

This made me spit my jasmine green tea out through my nose!!!!  Not because I think that statement is untrue, I just couldn't believe who said it.  It was just so ironic!

Defining other people differently than they identify themselves is the CORE of Republicant and conservative values!!!!  Everything regarding "positioning" is important to the conservative politician - positioning oneself as a pious christian and positioning others as THE DEVIL is crucial to lulling the dullards out there who vote for "values" candidates.  According to these voters, Liberals are to blame for every social ill and liberal positions and people are what the conservatives say they are. 

The dictionary defines Liberal and Conservative a little differently - Liberals want change and Conservatives want to keep thing the same or refine what we have slightly - that's the dictionary definition in a nutshell.  When viewed from the perspective of the correct usage of the English language, the actions of the so-called "values voters" become quite different than the definition of conservative. 

The voter who identifies themselves as a "family values voter" only votes for those who talk the talk and they don't give a good damn about whether these politicians walk the walk.  Christianity was based on love, forgiveness and healing - these family values voters have turned those values on their head!  Hate, vengence and killing is what these voters have in their hearts and that's what they want reflected in their politicians.

Babeu is in trouble with the family value voters because he actually showed he has a heart - and loved a man. Babeu is in trouble with the law and the rest of us because he used his political position to threaten another person - something we know that Arpaio, Babeu's hero, has done multiple times. 

I know this has been said a thousand times before but we got to get the political house of Arizona back into balance.  These right wing wackos who've been in charge these past 30 years are just killing our economy and making Arizona a hard place to raise children.

Rotor Dog
Rotor Dog

He is a fraud and a Bully that needs to resign in shame.  If the alleged threats he made are true of course.

Mzdelia
Mzdelia

Wow, now he is pro this and pro that publically. This outing may have been the best thing that happened to him in terms of not having a "skeleton " in his closet. Ricky Martin stated he coul not live this way any longer because he wanted his children to know the truth. This pig dies it for politucal gain! Opportunist!

Rotor Dog
Rotor Dog

So let me get this straight, (No pun intended)  A lying cop because he was in the closet, and a Bully.   Schmooooozing up to the republicans for some of that GOP money and support for his political campaign. This sounds like something out of a movie!  If all this is true then you really blew it sheriff!  (Again, No pun intended)  

Carolana
Carolana

Stop bashing The News Times and Monica Alonzo.  What are they going to do when presented a story this big. "Say oh no we can't expose the sheriff".  It's their job to report information given to them.  It's called freedom of the press. So back off you hypocrital bullies.

remember me
remember me

Actually, the most important aspect of this story is the allegation that he "threatened" a person with deportation. As a law enforcement official, any truth to this allegation would likely be at the least unethical if not criminal. The story is the "threat" not the fact that he is gay. Put the focus where it should be placed. 

scooterdie
scooterdie

This guy can win. He is anti immigrant, anti illegals, pro-gun. Shit he is accused of trying to get his ex deported, Right Wing nuts love that. He's against photo radar, another sore point in AZ. I would not be surprised if he did win.

Dahoss2x
Dahoss2x

The Democratic party has "OUTED" another homosexual who does not conform to their definition of what a homosexual should be. The left-wingers at the New Slimes have once again chosen to attack a conservative for wishing to keep his sexual affiliation private. Janet Napalitano never would have been asked such a question... Then again, she deserves her privacy. She wants open borders!

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

Stick a fork in Babeu,perferably at least a 7" one,he's done.

Djalma Saraiva Filho Saraiva
Djalma Saraiva Filho Saraiva

News analysis
Paul Babeu, the Suddenly Openly Gay Pinal County Sheriff, Vows to Continue Congressional Run, Serve Out Remaining Term as Sheriff -- Despite Mexican Ex-Lover's Insistence That Sheriff's Camp Threatened Him With Deportation

By Monica Alonzo Sat., Feb. 18 2012 at 4:58 PM
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Photo by Jamie PeacheyThe sheriff's friend, Jay Stewart, praises Babeu during the press conference.​Photo by Jamie PeacheyThe sheriff's friend, Jay Stewart, praises Babeu during the press conference.​Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu turned a nearly hour-long press conference to address allegations of threats that he and his attorney made to Babeu's ex-boyfriend into a parade of people defending his right to be gay. He asked a slew of own employees and friends to the microphone to offer him their unyielding support, trying to spin the situation he finds himself in into an attack on his homosexuality -- which until he confirmed it today was something he never talked about publicly. Indeed, many people New Times spoke with yesterday were amazed to learn that the tough-talking, right-wing Republican lawman is gay.The huge irony is that Jose, Babeu's ex-boyfriend and a Mexican national, says threats of deportation came because he refused to sign an agreement not to disclose details of his relationship with the sheriff. (New Times is withholding Jose's last name because of these threats.)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.Jose's attorney, Melissa Weiss-Riner, who received phone calls directly form Chris DeRose, Babeu's attorney and congressional campaign consultant, confirms that DeRose claimed Jose's visa was expired, as well as warned that Jose shouldn't bring attention to himself or he could be deported.Babeu's spin is that the media (that is, New Times) used the "baseless" allegations as a "hook" to write a story about his sexuality.Babeau's claim that the allegations are baseless is far from the truth.The story is about a sheriff who is accused of abusing his power and displaying reckless judgment in e-mailing explicit photographs of himself to at least one anonymous individual.
Courtesy photoPhoto Paul Babeu sent to Jose.​Courtesy photoPhoto Paul Babeu sent to Jose.​As we pointed out in our news story, Weiss-Riner wrote to the sheriff's attorney on January 17 that the sheriff's "continued harassment and intimidation have caused [Jose] to live in fear." In an earlier letter on September 30, Weiss-Riner wrote to DeRose that his "claim that [Jose] does not have legal status in this country is simply not true. However, if your client ... Mr. Babeu wishes to make these allegations, my client will prevail against the claims."Babeu's own text message to Jose states: "You can never have business after this and you will harm me and many others in the process ... including yourself and your family."Excerpts from the letters were included in the New Times' article, along with text messages between Babeu to Jose. Babeu told reporters that he did not deny the veracity of the photos or text messages.Pinal County Board of Supervisors chairman Pete Rios has called for Babeu's immediate resignation.Babeu stressed, however, that he plans to stick it out.1 | 2 | Next Page >> Tags:
chris derose, gay, joe arpaio, melissa weiss-riner, mitt romney, paul babeu, pinal county, ron gould, sheriff

Joe to the Republican Media
Joe to the Republican Media

oops gotcha!! Michael Berry Another Hypocrite!  Busted Conservative radio host accused of "hit and run" after visiting a gay bar(frequent visitor no less)!  He is also anti-gay???? How many more of you are in the closet?

Joe to Jan
Joe to Jan

Now that Paul Babeu has been exposed, does that mean you are going to have a gay militia at the Mexican border? 

martinsville24
martinsville24

Dear Sheriff,

We DON"T believe a word of the allegations.  And, we stake our reputations on it.

Signed,

Congressmen Foley, Craig and Houston radio host Michael Berry

Dahoss2x
Dahoss2x

The New Slimes never bothered "OUTING" Janet Napandragony-apolitano? Obviously, she/he conformed to their radical left-wing ideology. Babau, on the other hand, is attempting to enforce the law.

AnotherMesaVoter
AnotherMesaVoter

Great story Monica. Hopefully we'll see more stories showing the true characters of the people who would like our votes.
The problem isn't that Babeu is gay, the problem is he led a fake life, associated with people that he continually had to lie to in order to receive their approval - and then used his power, that he obtained by deceit with those same people, to threaten someone who he felt was going to blow the deception that he had created.
I didn't like Babeu before this, never would have voted for him. Didn't believe his Arpaio report was honest, thought he was full of BS.  This story was a confirmation of my beliefs.

Mikehawkburns777
Mikehawkburns777

Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the sheriff of "Pinal" County is gay? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Tooooo perfect!

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

"Babeu stressed, however, that he plans to stick it...."

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Will the Pinal County Board of Supervisors have the courage to do what the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors could and should do?

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

"I do not understand the failure by Tom Horne and his staff as well as the Federal LEO and Phoenix news media."

>>Tom "Conflict of Interest" Horne is Babeu's good buddy politically. Any investigation he or his office completes is rife with ethics issues.

>>The DOJ has no balls to go after Babeu. Just look at how slowly they are going after Babeu's politically good buddy the Flaccid Failure of MCSO.

>>NT and the Arizona Republic have been following it. NT first broke the story, and the Republic soon followed suit.  

Rotor Dog
Rotor Dog

I agree, However the problem is his deception to his conservative supporters about being a homo and his possible criminal abuse of power in threatening his (Cough) boyfriend.  Shows some serious problems for him.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

NT's Stephen Lemons asked Nappy that very question, and reported on her response. Look it up, dumbass! And look at Monica Alonzo's reporting on Phil Gordon, a liberal Democrat. New Times takes no prisoners.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Not a Nappy fan, but I do not believe she had half naked foto of herself on the web. Babeu is a whore. peace

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

The self-loathing log cabin Repuglykkans.

hrh
hrh

If I were to start counting, I'd have to take my shoes off.

OnlyinArizona
OnlyinArizona

Hopefully the Pinal Co. Attorney has more balls than the MCAO.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Already an investigation is being demanded.

Dahoss2x
Dahoss2x

New Slimes "takes no prisoners"? Give me break dogfucker. You are the dumb-ass who thinks The Slimes has no liberal agenda. Stupid Dogfucker, another lapdog for the left.

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