Paul Babeu Quitting Congressional Campaign? Word on the Street: Embattled Pinal County Lawman Eyeing Second Sheriff's Term (With Update)

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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu
Update: We spoke with AJ News editor Ed Barker and Steve Kizer, director of Pinal County Elections Department.

"Paul Babeu is going to run for a second term as sheriff," AJ News Editor Ed Barker wrote in a column this week. "Yep, he's fallen from grace in the Congressional race and now has his sights lowered to re-election. Expect the announcement soon. Perhaps this week."

Babeu hasn't responded to Barker's request for comment.

We chatted with Barker and, no, he wasn't giving up his sources, but he said "it doesn't take a genius to figure out" that it's over for Babeu.

Barker notes that Babeu has until May 31 to gather 274 signatures to put him on the August Republican Primary ballot for sheriff.

Steve Kizer, director of Pinal County Elections Department, tells us that before a candidate can begin collecting signatures to run for elected office, they must form a PAC (political-action committee).

And that's usually how we get a preview of who intends to run for elected office.

Since Babeu never closed out the "Paul Babeu for Sheriff" PAC he formed when he was running for sheriff in 2008, he could be actively collecting signatures now.

It's just a waiting game.

Just as we pointed out that Babeu's campaign contributions have collapsed, Barker also wrote that Babeu was able to raise $144,000 in the first quarter of this year.

But, he said, "The bad news for Babeu is that he raised almost all of that amount before his boyfriend dragged him kicking and screaming from the closet in February. After being saddled with an investigation for allegedly threatening his gay lover with deportation if he revealed their secret, the once steely-eyed champion of truth, justice and the American way raised less than $7,000 in March."

Despite the complete fundraising flop in March -- Babeu's delusional campaign team reported on his website on April 17 that Babeu was "well ahead of his nearest opponent" in fundraising and that "since announcing his candidacy last October, Babeu has never trailed in fundraising."

In March: Gosar, $80,000. Babeu, $6,700.

We'd say that is trailing. Far far behind.

Another observation of Babeu's campaign came from someone named "Haywood," who posted on newszap.com what has been obvious to most -- except perhaps Babeu:

Haywood wrote, in part:

Times They Are A-Changin' What's a-happening with Paul Babeu? Do you know? Does Babeu even know?

A few things to notice. On May 1, the deep-pocketed national Club for Growth endorsed Ron Gould for CD-4 who Babeu and [Babeu's campaign manager Chris] DeRose keep claiming is the trailing candidate.

National Rifle Association. What happened with the NRA and their rising star, Mr. Babeu? Babeu even signed up as a lifetime member.

Over the last two years, NRA News helped in building Paul Babeu politically and interviewed him frequently. He was their go to man on anything relating to the border and immigration and especially on Holder and Fast & Furious. NRA even made high-profile videos with Team Babeu and his studs in the desert.

But something must have changed late last year with NRA. (no tears, please, as the change was pre-Jose)

Paul Gosar has now been regularly interviewed for the same topics on NRANews' The Daily News and Cam and Company for months. And Paul Babeu hasn't been. What? They want to listen to a dentist instead of a troubled school marm?

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djalmasat
djalmasat

So comment that Americans are all gay, but is not every gay American. Now think if Mitt Romney, BE THE same parish of Paul Babeu?

djalmasat
djalmasat

Paul Babeu second talk is a gay desperate to end his relationship with the Mexican José Orozco, because their matrimonial union was scheduled for the month of November, soon after the victory of Barak Obama. Now it is a question in the air: he says that campaigned for Mitt Romney in Arizona. But it was not even invited to denounce contubérnia the relationship between them. Question is in the air: Mitt Romney is also gay? Trash powerful!

Eric Nelson745
Eric Nelson745

Hehe... he can certainly claim to be "America's Gayest Sheriff."  Hehe.

Newdem
Newdem

Babeu is finished here but doesn't seem to realise it yet. He is nothing but a pathetic joke to his constituents and his deputies. We citizens of Pinal county expect and deserve much more from our Sheriff. We were fooled by this freaky little smooth talking perv once but it won't happen again. This freak needs to go far away to try to re-invent himself, but the world isn't big enough for that now. Your name is nothing but dirt here.
Leave.

enough after the truth

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Be interesting if the gay adult male industry picked up this story and made a porn parody about Babeu and his duties as Sheriff/lover.

Church Lady
Church Lady

Babeu screw the NRA!!!!, you have the fully support of North American Man/Boy Love Association.   

Church Lady
Church Lady

Arizona:  Land of the misfit toys (Politician). 

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

The real reason Baboo will run for another term as Sheriff  is the countless number of illegal young boys/men he will have access to all alone as they try and cross the border.

ltc444
ltc444

Just what Pinal County needs another CORRUPT County Official.  Babeu has abused his office for his personal gain and that of his crony's like like Bryan Martyn.  Does this mean that when Martyn is fired from his position as Director of Parks he will reenter the Supervisor's race.

He Gov Jan you have not responded to my e-mail concerning protecting the Parks from Martyn's style of bid rigging.

callmelefty
callmelefty

If Babeu does run for sheriff, it will only futher the proff that the man has no respect for the law and no respect for the oath he took when he was sworn in for his first term. We tend not to support the priest that commits sex crimes no matter how great he ministered, but so many are willing to forgive and forget the crimes that are facing him now.

guest
guest

Babeu stay away for school children or else you will fall in love "again".

gregg r
gregg r

thats all pinal county needs a gay sherrif running for re-election. 

GDog8
GDog8

The Penial County Sheriff's contribution campaign really needs to change their brochures and eliminate: It is better to give than receive.  Oh, sorry, that is his LAMBDA brochure, never mind.

Tubes Fan
Tubes Fan

Queer or not, its the photo he took in the mirror that NT DIDDNT publish, the nude shot with hardon..
Feel sorry for this dude?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I say Mel Brooks is overdue for a Blazing Saddles remake - this time with the Gay Cabarello Babeau as the lead.

Rvhobo195
Rvhobo195

Babeu is learning a very hash lesson, his buddies in the GOP tolerate him as long as he stays in his closet, since he violated their code of "don't ask, don't tell" and hide in that Log Cabin closet he is toast, his career is done, he might get a dog catchers position in next election cycle, some officially straight looking non sissy will take his present job, unless I miss my guess his having to much sugar in his blood just will not sit well with them tough guys he ran with!

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

I wonder if Baboo will take his cell phone/camera and mirror on the campaign trail with him? Just crawl back into a closet and lock the door.

Church Lady
Church Lady

Babeu, first of all stay away from Pinal County
students.  You have no business trying to
resurrect your reputation by using them as a photo op. 

Secondly, you need to resign immediately as Sheriff.  You have disgraced yourself locally, nationally
and internationally. If you are not good enough for district 4, you are not
good enough for the citizens of Pinal County. 
 

Failed as an United States Army Officer

Failed as candidate for congress

Failed as a Sheriff

Failed as a human being (not because you are gay)

You are a complete and utter failure!

Pinal County does not need another 4 years of you
positioning yourself for another run for higher office.

Chase: “I trust Paul will do the right thing, I like that”
Lady you must be out of your mind.  Mr Babeu take your garbage with you. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

I saw that Tom Bearup is running for Sheriff of Pinal County.

A Cunning Linguist
A Cunning Linguist

Truth be known I'm willing to bet that when the majority of Pinal Republicans cast their ballots it won't be for a gay sheriff, much less a fraudulent and seemingly corrupt gay sheriff. There is a reason voters choose to be Republican. like it or not Mr. Babeu.

By the way, Mr. Babeu, it still is ok for folks to be straight in today's world. Not everyone needs to be 'gay' to be ok with life.

Rob
Rob

Well, that must thrill Babeu's Chief Deputy Steve Henry, who has plans to run for Sheriff, to death.

Good time for alternative candidate to slip in.....

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Monica, isn't one of Babeu's top men at the PCSO running for sheriff?

That's going to make for some interesting office and campaign politics.

DNichols
DNichols

Somehow just Babeus Picture makes me want to puke.

I doubt even Pinal County would re-elect Mr. Gay Porn site model.

Shurely there is some one in Pinal County better qualified?

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Now that Ready is out of the way.......is he thinking he stands a chance in HELL of being re elected to Pinal County?

Mr. Babeu, what is wrong with you? Not just the usualy narcissistic crap....I mean the mental issues.

Give it up. Go bad to your closet games. Leave Arizona and take all the other idiots in our Government with you.

I'm sure there is another State somewhere in the middle of nowhere where they haven't heard of you. Go look for it and set up a new life......with you new found proud to be gay self.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Can you imagine those quotes?

Babeu: "You're under arrest!"

Jose: "Why?"

Babeu: "Don't ask why. Up against the wall and reach for my pistol. Now dammit!?!? I'm about to shoot!" (prematurely I'm sure)

davetheman
davetheman

The stories about the Priest were false, he did it to get a few bucks for his first campaign

davetheman
davetheman

The stories about the Priest were all nfalse.

callmelefty
callmelefty

How I wish the real problem was that Babeu was gay. Take that out of the mix and then see the real Babeu. He has no respect for the law, for students, or his family members. The seems to be no law that he is not willing to violate.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 Goldrnt erma trng da sy dat da gaddumit shruf ers e faggert!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 Arpaio:  "Who is that guy Booboo?  Some gay Chandler cop?  Oh? he's a Sheriff?  How many people you think he has in his county?"

Quesomom
Quesomom

Kevin Taylor is runnming on the Democrat ticket.  So is Jack Mclaren on republican ticket... Other people besides babue & henry

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

From what I hear there has been tension between the two for awhile now.  It isn't going to get any better I'm afraid.

Redshieldinfo
Redshieldinfo

Of course there is. And don't call me Shirley.

Just
Just

I think that he actually does think he has a chance, he goes to his FB page
and see's nothing but glowing posts about how great he is, and, since his outing
how cough, cough, belch, sexy he is, and any real comment or question posted is
deleted and poster blocked, and, he knows that in a three way in county
election, he may get that one vote more than anyone else.

If he had a clue, he would find some old rich gay guy who thinks he's really a 'stud' to take care of him and have a couple of Jose's on the side!

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

On a personal level I like Tom Bearup. He has an engaging personality and is personable. I know very little of his skills as an administrator but I think he has the wherewithal to choose good people to surround himself in order to be a competent Sheriff in Pinal County.

On The Job
On The Job

 You'd think you wouldn't have to educate him on basic street survival skills/tactics if he had the experience he touts. (Basic research does not support his highly exaggerated LE clams.)

I think this Bearup guy is no different than a televangelist who can't control personal finances and is looking for a steady income. If he wants to be a sheriff, he shouldn't be conducting the marriage ceremony for an incarcerated Skinhead who was best friends with Bearup's son on death row. 

Bearup sets off the "hinky warning bells."

You, and experienced cops, will know what I am talking about.  Those who haven't BTDT won't get it.

Coz
Coz

I totally agree with you YPS.
I think he will do a good job as well...
 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

He was a chief, I think. I don't know how he rose, where he came from, or why he fell. His rise was as meteoric as his fall and his elevated status was quite brief. He came out to Guadalupe once and we had to 'educate' him on officer safety issues almost immediately. I know nothing of his personal life or his financial affairs.

On The Job
On The Job

 YPS, do some vetting on Bearup.  Ironically, some of the most revealing information about his lack of integrity is contained in a New Times Article about the MCSO titled something like Shadiest Guns in the West.  Read about Bearup being investigated and fired from HUD after allegedly using his position with them to cover for not making any payments on his own HUD loan for a couple of years. Read about a couple of his bankruptcy filings and the deceit involved. By the way, I understand he was the equivelent of a PIO for Joe while at MCSO?  And that he was only a reserve with MCSO before being appointed by Joe.  Just interested on your take that he implies he had command responsibilities over sworn deputies?

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