Paul Babeu, Embattled Pinal County Sheriff, Struggles to Remain a Relevant Political Figure

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu
Earlier this month, the L.A. Times reported that "federal agents stopped the main target of the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious in May 2010" but released him after questioning and "he disappeared back into Mexico, and the program went on to spiral out of control."

It was a stunning revelation, and one that everyone would have expected embattled Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to weigh in on -- given that blasting the Obama Administration over the blundered Operation Fast and Furious had become a hallmark of his political stumping.

So, the go-to guy on all things Fast and Furious made an appearance on CNN? Fox News? NRANews.com?

No. In fact, we couldn't find any recent national interviews from Babeu on Fast and Furious, a failed operation in which the feds observed the sale of high-powered weapons in hopes of tracing them back to drug cartel leaders

Or on anything else -- except, of course, his recent troubles over apparently threatening his Mexican gay lover.


It's a curious silence considering his friends at Fox News dubbed him "Famed Arizona Sheriff and "Fast & Furious" Critic" last year during an interview.

But in a clever move to make it look like the embattled sheriff still is a relevant political figure, Team Babeu put up a CNN video from September 2011 on his official Pinal County Sheriff's Office website. It just sits there without any reference to a date, or any explanation.

(And, an official county website seems like an odd place for the video, which is right above local news about stuff like the PCSO K-9 unit at a public event. Did Team Babeu mean to post the video on his official county website? Or was it intended for his campaign website?)

Despite dozens of appearances on national television, namely Fox News, in 2010 and 2011, it doesn't look like that network, or any others, want to have him back to share his views about Operation Fast and Furious. Or anything else... except you know what.

At least not since New Times first reported that you know what -- that Babeu's ex-boyfriend, a Mexican national with questionable immigration status, accused the sheriff and his attorney of threatening him with deportation.

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Michael DeSisto, (pictured center) founder of DeSisto School, appointed Paul Babeu as headmaster from 1999 to 2001.

Or since New Times and other media outlets exposed details of physical and sexual abuse that took place a Massachusetts boarding school, including during the time Babeu served as its executive director and headmaster.

Or since Babeu's sister, Lucy, and students from DeSisto School spoke publicly about an alleged relationship that Babeu had with a 17-year-old boy from the school.

Instead, Babeu posted a comment about the latest Fast and Furious news on his campaign website on March 20, and then he tweeted about it. But, it doesn't look like he got any traction.

Meanwhile, Congressman Paul Gosar, running against Babeu for a seat in Arizona's über-conservative Fourth Congressional District, made an appearance on NRANews.com -- and Babeu used to be a regular on that show.

In all fairness, Babeu has continued speaking publicly about the botched operation. In fact, he spoke on Wednesday about it to the measly Yuma County Republican Women's Club (how the mighty fall). He was the keynote speaker for their gathering at the dusty desert burg's Desert Hills Golf Course.


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Tactical door kicker
Tactical door kicker

Sheriff,  I really thought and hoped that you were the real deal.  Honesty, Integrity, Fidelity and moral integrity.  Unfortunately you let myself and MANY others down.  You are no different than all of the multitudes of disgraced wannabe politicians in the trash can of American politics.  Very sad.

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Arpaio, Babeu have a common denominator both seem to have some deep dark secrets, Arpaio likes to put men in pink undies, Babeu apparently likes to wear them if one reads the story about him carefully, he calls his lover daddy, now I am straight, and only time I get called that term is by my kids, or my woman in a erotic moment when I am in the dominate position! Of course one can speculate how Arpaio/Babeu seem similiar to J. Edgar Hoover who also in his day was deemed the toughest law man in america, but ironically the historians have exposed his closet full of womens clothing and his fondness for men!

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Log Cabin republicans exist, much as the non-white republicans exist but one can speculate which is graded higher on the servant class they both fall into in the GOP status issue, my guess is the non-white ones fall into the Uncle Tom category, a beloved slave/servant who is one grade above the favorite hunting dog, but them Log Cabin republicans fall into the subhuman category, they exist, useful on election day but my guess is the GOP elite tell them post election day now run along back to your closet abomination before god, we want ask if you want tell!:-) I have always found it humorous that non-whites, gays join a party which despises them in private, but barely awknowledges them in public! Its a historical fact once the party of Lincoln freed the slaves but in 1960's angry segregationist democrats abandoned the democratic party in droves, moved to GOP status and have now taken over the GOP they are not leaving, they are evicting their moderate adoptive parents them rhino's who took them in in 1960's and who now rue the day they took in these social misfits! The good thing is nationally the GOP has a registered voter base of merely 22%, Arizona has 35%, neither one is a 50.1% majority so they have to fool some to vote with them, a old saying comes to mind, one can fool some of the people all the time but one cannot fool all the people all the time!;-)

Corey Miller
Corey Miller

I hate it when people write bad things about Politician I thought were the best. Everyone has flaws, and if he did the stuff to his bf, he deserves the book thrown at him

Miguel
Miguel

Get a clue, Monica doesn't give a damn about the truth. This isn't journalism, it's personal attack media promoting a progressive and pro Latino agenda. All this rag cares about is it's agenda and selling ad space. Thankfully, it's revenues and those of it's sister rags keep going down. There is a reason it's free, it's funded by progressives hellbent on destroying America.

Love or hate Babeu, he is a patriot. Monica, uh not so much. OK, maybe a Mexican patriot.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Where did Amy Lynn Burch go when the Bald Bunion needs her the most?

I have a nagging feeling that there is just so much more to the Babeu story than has been discovered and told. His personality suggests many years of deception and using his charisma to gain trust, so he could continue to live his double life. Now, he no longer has to.

In the mean while, how many young victims are still out there, I wonder?

How much do Louie Puroll and the MCSO shurf know that they aren't yet willing to share? If not, why not? What would motivate them to remain quiet, I wonder.

I really feel this story has not yet ended, and the worst is yet to come.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

they just can't help themselves.  Sandusky naming his book "Touched" and this guy taking naked pics with kids.  trying to hide in plain sight.  what parent would send their kid to a school with ads like that.

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

I'm curious has anyone mentioned to this guy that his political career in AZ is pretty much over?  Do people like this really think they are Teflon and everything will just roll off or something?

really99
really99

Babeu promised the citizens of Pinal County if were to be
elected he would work up a number 6 (aka Plan 6), to rid corruption in Pinal
County (That's where he rides a white horse into town a-whapping and a-whooping
every living thing that moves within an inch of its life). 

Cowboy Babeu is famous for his quotes:

15 is my limit on schnitzenbruben.

20 is my limit on choriz.

Is that a 10 gallon hat, or are you just excited to
see me. 
I posted this on AZ central, but fear they delete it. 

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

You can never take the HEAD out of a HEADmaster,STUDBOI, but you can shave your head to avoid sticky stuff from getting stuck in your hair.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

I wouldn't vote for Babeu, but, I would totally do Jenna Talackova!

Yuma Fan
Yuma Fan

Did you really have to disrespect Yuma to make this point?  It is any more "dusty" than North Scottsdale, Mesa or dusty Glendale?  And Desert Hills is a Green Oasis overlooking a green agricultural Valley.  Good thing when Baboon goes to give a speech to the Apache Junction Tea Baggers, its not dusty in that burg.

Marcy
Marcy

Who is Paul Babeu?  The name sounds faintly familiar.

gregg r
gregg r

who cares what that fag has to say

Notice Me
Notice Me

If he grew his hair long like a hippie he would become relevant again.   I bet it would cause a stir in the news. simple but affective.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

Now, if only the national media would ignore Sheriff Arpaio.  I mean, wouldn't someone who is under several federal investigations be off limits to the national media.  Then again, I guess a gay sex scandal is worse than an abuse of power scandal.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways."
        - Buddha

DNichols
DNichols

Hello Arizona Attorney General, I know Babeu is a life bud of yours, however his personal Computer should have already been confiscated, and checked for Child Porn, ect.

Any one awake Mr. Horne?

This Rump Ranging Sheriff is a Sicko.

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A really interesting article. I will continue to monitor it.

Georgemitrakiss
Georgemitrakiss

.Amy Lynn Burch  ------> Who is she?? I think Babar is done - till Muslims rule the world..

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

If only OSB could get into a gay illegal immigrant and/or HEADmaster sex scandal.

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

Miguel, I think you have the fading memory of the term "patriot missile."  When you refer to Babeu as a "patriot," I think you are refering to your envy of his "missile."

He has no special patriotism that is worth mentioning and he has no missile that will even launch anymore.

Don't forget that beside the Mexican Mafia that green-lighted Mr. Babeu, there is also his claim that George Soros is personally after him and that he will not rest until he has done all he can to prevent Babeu from seeking higher office. Yeah, like Soros cares.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

The Bald Bunion is ANYTHING but a patriot. The imbecile doesn't even know what the hell the word means.

As for you, piss off. 

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

You're right Tommy.

I'm working on getting public records from Pittsfield, MA Superior Court (Thank you Lucy B) so we can know the true extent of the Bald Bunion's abuse of power.

I may have to create a triple album perp-walk CD at the rate we're going...

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 I have the feeling that the you are right Tommy.  This guy has been running on a Greater than Joe for some time and puts forth and air of invincibility until asked a critical question.  Then he falters, leading one to realize that Babeu is just a house of cards with a breeze coming in.  Fortunately, the breeze is a bit of a gale at this time.

Marcy
Marcy

It was a colorful phrase, don't get too wrapped around the axle sweetie.

Those are actual sand dunes just west of Yuma, right?  I don't think they have any sand dunes in dusty Apache Junction.

Saynotoleather
Saynotoleather

 Your evil as evil can get. you just never admit it to yourself. hate comes from evil.

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

 What do you think? Could this be the reason behind Jim Keppel's  "abrupt" resignation this week?

Car_del99
Car_del99

Do you really think that Horne will do anything ?
It's like wishing for snow in July here..

Guest
Guest

Excellent Point!!!!!!!!!

Georgemitrakiss
Georgemitrakiss

  Monica Alonzo well done.   my 56 family members like it. 

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

If you only fucking new, Gerry.

And if any of you regulars have sensed some anger tonight............well, you fucking got it right.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

"don't get too wrapped around the axle"

I like that. Nicely said.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Could very well be. It might be that Keppel wanted to prosecute and Horne interfered. Another 'conflict of interest', I suppose. Horne has shown absolutely no interest in doing his job as the chief prosecutor as long as the suspect is a known Republican. He can certainly prove me wrong.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 all he will say is it's a conflict of interest or fuck up and lose the case when a 12 year old could win it.

Saynotoleather
Saynotoleather

Your a nut job you old tired fat hillbilly cunt.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I have never seen you this pissed before Eleanor.

 

Tysonglbrt
Tysonglbrt

The suspense is killing me..do tell. It sounds as though you have privilaged info that we all would like to hear??

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 I have about 15 years of frustration with OSB and general frustration with the idiotic turds running the GOP in AZ.  I am now officially an Independent.  First time in 38 years I have not been a declared GOP'er.  I told them that I don't like the GOP leadership when they called last month looking for money.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol  me too. made me chuckle ...

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

Our choices for state Attorney General for the Republican side were limited:

On one hand, you have mentally unstable Candy Andy Thomas, who couldn't even charge his political enemies correctly or within the state statute of limitations for God's sake.

On the other hand, you have Tom Horne, who's done nothing but cry conflict of interest whenever a case comes into the office.

Horne should be recalled and then booted out because he's a disgrace...  

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 Horne is a complete failure as AG.  Totally worthless and self centered.  I am not so sure we would not have been better off with Thomas since he has been practically neutered by his bar problems.  Felicia should have been elected.  HORNE IS A DISGRACE!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 for once I agree with you.

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

You're...
It's best to employ proper grammar when disparaging another's heritage. Otherwise it's you who looks like the "washed up hillbilly cunt."

Babeu
Babeu

YOUR COMMENTS SHOULD BE DELETED FROM HERE!!!!!!!!! HOW DARE YOU CALL ANY WOMEN THAT!!!!!!! YOU ARE SO SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

I think all of us informed citizens have some sort of frustration with OSB...

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 well DUH a lot of people in AZ are republicans, why do you think AZ is so fucked up?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Ya finally did it, huh? After almost two years I am still getting calls, "as a good Republican.."

Saynotoleather
Saynotoleather

 Most new times bloggers are the same way as republicans. so you have plenty of company.

Saynotoleather
Saynotoleather

 She is 51 but looks 68 and she does not know love in her life just hate.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

 when I Was 18 a registered as a Democrat and voted for Bill Clinton in the 1996 election. I have been watching the republicans get stupider and stupider every year!

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

When I was 18 I registered as an Independent. I am now 51 so I've watched this bullshit for years between the Republicans and Democrats.

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