Paul Babeu's 'Republicans' Latest Nightmare,' Says Columnist in London Evening Standard

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London Evening Standard
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu pictured in a snapshot of London newspaper

Columnist James Fenton called Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu "Republicans' latest nightmare" in a piece for the London Evening Standard.

Fentons' column hit the presses about a week after New Times reported that Babeu's Mexican ex-boyfriend lobbed allegations that the sheriff threatened him and that the sheriff's attorney raised threats of deportation over an supposed expired visa.

Fenton begins:

Cowboys are frequently, secretly fond of each other," as the old song has it. But here's a new twist to the Brokeback Mountain theme. You could call it Wetback Mountain. A prominent Right-wing Republican sheriff in Pinal Country, Arizona, known for his conspicuous campaign against illegal immigrants, is accused by his gay Mexican lover of three years, Jose Orozco, of threatening to have him deported if he revealed their affair.

Later, Fenton artfully points out the all too obvious hypocrisy in which Babeu has been wallowing:

"Si," as a vulgar remark on the internet put it, "the sheriff is fond of chorizo." For Pete's sake, though, if it were only a question of being fond of chorizo, the story of Paul Babeu would do nothing but add to the gaiety of nations. Instead it's this matter of being fond of chorizo in private while making others suffer for it in public, in harsh legislation, in discriminatory law enforcement, in crying up a crisis for political advantage. It's not the love of living dangerously that matters. It's living dangerously at the expense of others' happiness.

The columnist also nails just how toxic immigration has become in the political arena, and how, mostly, the "tone of debate has been set by neo-Nazis, white supremacists, furious Tea Partiers and ambitious populists like Babeu.

"The toxicity of the immigrant issue is seen in Rick Perry's attack on Mitt Romney earlier in the present campaign, when the Texas governor accused him of hiring an illegal immigrant to sweep his lawns. Romney in fact has never been shown to have hired an illegal immigrant, but in 2006 he used a garden maintenance firm which had hired some. When this was discovered, as Romney later explained in a TV debate, he went to the firm and said: "I'm running for office, for Pete's sake. I can't have illegals."

"I'm running for office, for Pete's sake!" enjoyed a little vogue as a catch-phrase. Somebody should have used it with Sheriff Babeu. You're running for office, for Pete's sake - you can't go posting nude photos of yourself, with an erection, on gay dating sites. You are entitled to all the fun of the erotic chase, and all the charms of a Latino lover, but, for Pete's sake, Sheriff, if you spend your working life calling for walls to be built separating Mexico from the States, don't let yourself be found sharing a bed with a Mexican of uncertain status.

At the time of writing, it is far from clear what the boyfriend's status is. He was said at first to be possessed of a 10-year multiple-entry tourist visa. But if that had been the case, he would undoubtedly have aroused suspicion of misusing the visa. He should have been living in Mexico for the past few years, making tourist visits as the visa allows. Nor will it be easy for Babeu to argue, should Orozco's papers turn out not to be in order, that he was, for three years, unaware of the fact. His job is law enforcement and his specialisation is this very field. He could well be in for legal trouble himself, whether or not he made the threats his boyfriend claims.

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Margie
Margie

I notice new times news has gone downhill in the last 2 months. they do the same old type storys over and over again. bring back the old format please.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Idiot alert! Wow, here's an alleged woman with Babeu's dick up her ass!

Beatdown
Beatdown

 Or men who dont like horny hot jewish broads.

gregg r
gregg r

oh margie, you wrong loser, i cant even find a newstimes.  who telling you that info, wherre i work the magazine is gone in 5 minutes

Andrew
Andrew

Jeezus Margie, This story was a well written, funny take from the UK on our sheriff Studboi. Get a fucking life.

Margie
Margie

Dearest Andrew shut up and eat my pussy.

Scooter Jennings
Scooter Jennings

Have you ever seen her or met her? I have and she dont look bad. she looks like Jennifer Lopez.

Kelly
Kelly

 Old sagging cunts cant fight.  I take it you never saw Margie in a boxing ring?

FUCK YA
FUCK YA

I think Margie was fucking with all you straights and squares out there in non biker land. she is a biker chick with a sick sense of humor like most bikers have. we say in our world FUCK YA IF YOU CANT TAKE A JOKE!

CHICO HAMC PHX AZ
CHICO HAMC PHX AZ

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Margie
Margie

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Margie
Margie

I live in chandler in a nice home. im a rich back east Jewish girl better known as a JAP Jewish American Princess.

Jim Harmon
Jim Harmon

Nobody'd go near this skank ho, not even in her trailer park!

Clean Cutter
Clean Cutter

whats the matter you sagging old cunt. getting tired of hells angels cock? go to down to mexico if your that desperate. a mexican will do you some good.

Andrew
Andrew

Margie I think I'll pass. It's probably as toxic as your attitude. If you think the NT has gone downhill lately because they printed an interestng foreign take on this story, Maybe you should go take a look in the mirror and see how far downhill you've gone...some of the guys in your trailer park might do the dirty deed for you though.

FTW
FTW

 Reading new times is a life? IF SO PLEASE KILL ME NOW.

Alicia Bristow
Alicia Bristow

Ooops,  We cannot take caqre of the world - look at how our own system is suffering, no jobs, poor economics, more people in poverty than ever, high school drop out rates, drugs and alcohol abuse by young students and the list goes on!  We need true reform WITHOUT amnesty!  No Dream Act either!

Alicia Sanchez Bristow
Alicia Sanchez Bristow

He is race baiting!  He is playing to the group that thinks we need to have no borders and that we are punishing immigrants.  Paul B. is doing his job and the job every law enforcement office in Arizona should be doing.  Why?  Because the federal government will not do their job.  Don't use this as an excuse to allow undocumented immigrants into our country.  We cannot take of the world - look at how our own system is suffering, no jobs, poor economics, high school drop out rates are up, and I couild go on and on.  We need true reform with amnesty!

WTF
WTF

I can't do that, FTW. That would be illegal. But feel free to do it yourself.

JIM
JIM

Where does it say he is a hells angels?

JIM
JIM

 Whats racist about what ftw said?

WTF
WTF

 Don't be a Hells Angels pussy and do it yourself you shit bag. Damn.

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