Paul Babeu Quitting Congressional Campaign; Now Confirms the Rumors His Office Has Been Denying

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Paul Babeu quitting Congressional race.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu dropped out of his Congressional race early this morning and plans instead to run for re-election as sheriff -- despite recent assurances by his camp that he planned to continue his Fourth District run.

Babeu would have us believe that his decision has nothing to do with the polls that show he has no chance of winning the Congressional seat. And he wants us to believe that it has nothing to do with his campaign contributions for Congress all but drying up.

Instead, he insists that his decision is based on personnel issues within the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Read our complete coverage of Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Babeu explains that his decision comes on the heels of a ruling by the Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency which has also been investigating Babeu and members of his office for unlawfully politicking on the job.

"The federal Office of Special Counsel has advised Chief Henry that because our office receives federal funds and Steve supervises those who are in control of federal funds, he is not able to run for Sheriff while serving as our Chief Deputy," Babeu posted on his campaign website."Chief Henry was left three choices, resign his position as Chief Deputy and run for Sheriff, withdraw his candidacy for Sheriff or transfer to a non-leadership position within our office where he would not supervise anybody who handles any federal funding," Babeu continues. "Forget the politics, none of these options are good to maintain the continued success of our Sheriff's Office."

Whaaaaat?

Babeu had been staunchly backing PCSO Chief Deputy Steve Henry in his bid for sheriff.

It's noteworthy that Babeu's announcement comes after his campaign manager and attorney Chris DeRose denied rumors that Babeu was going to end his Congressional campaign.

But neither Babeu nor his staff are known for being straight with the public.

"I've never turned away from a fight," he told the local Fox station, as he confirmed that he is running away from, well, a fight.

And winning a seat in Congress amid abuse-of-power allegations coming from his Mexican ex-boyfriend, the revelation that he was at the helm of a Massachusetts school for troubled teens that was rife with sexual and physical abuses cases, and the allegations that he was in a relationship with a young man from that school would have been nothing short of a colossal fight for the embattled sheriff.

Read: his Congressional campaign was toast.

He continues to paint himself as a hero who has battled with armed gunmen and who solely brought down a part of a Sinaloan drug cartel -- failing, of course, to give credit to a multitude of federal partners in that operation.

As insiders predicted, Babeu says now he is running for for reelection to "fulfill [his] promise" to voters -- and if Henry isn't running, then, Babeu had to step in and save the day.

Watch Babeu blather his usual propaganda, in which he mostly blames his and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's troubles on the Obama administration, during an interview with AZFamily.com:




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Babeu
Babeu

Nuagevu, Great reply to her, She is a fake, I am the real Lucy Babeu. As you know I think Monica is full of courage and did a great job and reporting everything on Paul. Paul is a very nasty person and blames everything on the media. The media does not print stuff unless it is true. Paul is just mad because he does not have control and he is a big liar. It will do his big ego good to have to step down from congress. But on the other hand the way he thinks, he will just want revenge. LB#2 is a Big fake and it is not me.Well, have a great night and Best regards, Lucy Babeu 

Babeu
Babeu

Hi Nuagevu,
I appreciate all your great comments and your contributions to this great day. Thanks for everything and Best Regards, Lucy Babeu

David Thompson
David Thompson

Like always Paul Babeu is throwing up a smoke screen. Since Paul Babeu does not have to step down as Sheriff, Henry could have resigned and run for Pinal County Sheriff full time.
The continuity would have stayed as Paul Babeu would be there until the election was over!
Plus if Henry really wanted to be Sheriff of Pinal County he would put his big boy pants on and run against Paul Babeu and all the other Candidates!
What it boils down to is that Paul Babeu did not have a snowballs chance in hell at being elected to District 4 Congressional seat.

Itneverends
Itneverends

Babeu should do the honorable hari kari thing and suck on the barrel of his 9 mil glock.  See if you can get two rounds off Studboi.  

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

I know Larry Dever isn't one much for chatting with the press, but given his no bull tell it like he sees it assessments, I'd sure like to hear his take on Arpaio's and Babeu's "recent developements."

Church Lady
Church Lady

Chief Deputy Henry, Babeu was sure grooming you for success. 

Henry:   yes sir, Sheriff Babeu can I have another! 

Babeu:  bend over and spell "run".   Henry how can you face your men.  Babeu used you like he used Dever and the another Arizona Sheriffs. 

Henry to Babeu:  Sir, thank you for conditioning my mind and body!  

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

No RUMP Rangers needed in Washington DC but the intellegent voters in PINAL county (especially the toothless voters of  Casa Grande) will say yes to the smooth talking bald Baboo.4 years ago he ran on character and cleaning up corruption in the Sheriff's office, so now he can claim he fits right in with no character and is corrupt.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Has anyone verified that the statements about Henry's candidacy are in fact true and they the choices had to be made that day? 

While we are verifying information, is it true that Babeu worked at the All Things to Men Salon in Mass as an artistic Manscaper before he was with the DeSisto school?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

How cute!  He wore his Rump Ranger uniform for the AZ Family bit.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Prediction:

If Babeu starts polling well, you will soon see Russell Pearce in cell phone pictures with a bald head and his underwear integrated into his campaign literature.

Ed from Dedham
Ed from Dedham

It would've been one thing to say he wanted to spend more time with his Grindr family.  But this business about wanting to spare PCSO a disruption in continuity of leadership is one delusion too many.  And Babeu almost surely really has willed himself into believing it.  It's a family thing; his father was the same way.  Given the choice between accepting responsibility for the consequences of his own actions & withdrawing into his own self-aggrandizing fantasy kingdom — & trying to force everybody else to live in it with him — it he'll choose the latter every time.  Not a great trait in a wanna-be leader.

 

Lostcause
Lostcause

I hope Sheriff Studboi's opponents enlist the help/statements of Lucy Babeu and former Desisto students to bring out the truth about our creepy Sheriff.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"I've never turned away from a fight," he tells the local Fox station,
as he confirms that he is running away from, well, a fight.

I don't know if it was really a fight.  I think Babeu got cock-blocked as he was thinking about Congressional pages.

Church Lady
Church Lady

I personally did not want to see Babeu go to Washington.  The citizens of Pinal County would have no one to protect us when Dec 21, 2012 comes around.  What a loser.
Henry you should be ashamed of yourself.  Did Babeu entice you with a future position in his cabinet when he becomes President of the United States?  No wonder you’ve been down lately.

 As a consolation prize, Babeu is going to let you take a helicopter ride this weekend.  Oh another thing, everytime Babeu step in your office, bend over and spell "run". 

Pork Chopper
Pork Chopper

Winners never quit and quitters never win.  this guy is a quitter and a loser. next............

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Creepy how Babeu said sheriff Joe was a whipping boy.

EdnaMae
EdnaMae

What a boat load of pooh, and, he really wanted to touch Javier, he was moving in closer and closer to teh point Javier could smell his rank breath that must smell like something he had in his mouth all night long last night, just a creep.

He loves Latino men more than money and power it seems, what a icky trick he is, along with those who sleep with him.

cableguy
cableguy

Babeu is as crooked as they come! So the Republican must really hate gays regardless of what Fox News says. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

"the media does not print stuff unless it's true."

Don't believe I can agree with this statement.

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

Gives a whole new meaning to being on the sheriff's staff.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Little do you all know that the camera didn't catch: he was wearing assless pants

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

 not knocking the PCSO uniform...but the cowboy had and shirt....reminds me of a starsky and hutch character from way back.

Babeu
Babeu

Lostcause,
Paul needs to pay the price for abusing those students that came forward. They need to get together and hire a lawyer and go after him. Paul shared the abuse tactics he used with me on the students at DeSisto. I told him, abuse plus abuse, does not equal healthness. Paul ofcourse has something wrong with his brain, and said "You do not understand how troubled these students are". I sure did understand, I work under Office for Children for many years. The abuse that Paul did was so damaging these students may never recover. Abc15 did a great job bringing the story out. And it is a true story. My brother Shaun worked there too. I hope abc15 contacts the Attorney General Martha Coakley in MA to report this, even though she is friends of Paul's or at least the students get a lawyer and sue the hell out of Paul and Shaun
Paul, I am so happy you had to step down, even though you lie about why. Monica, congratulations on having the courage to write all the stories. You did a excellent Job. I am very proud of you today. Best regards, Lucy Babeu.

Dear Carrie Lake
Dear Carrie Lake

  John Hook likes to call alot of people. he was probably a crank caller as a snot nosed brat kid and he never grew out of it. he if called me I would not answer the phone and if I did answer I would slam the phone down in his ear. Fuck Him! Carrie Lake can call me anytime. she is hot!

HOOK IN LAKE
HOOK IN LAKE

  John Hook sticks his Hook in Carrie Lakes LAKE. HOOK IN LAKE.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

 Ouch, Gerry. "Cock blocked", eh? All the time I was simply thinking he was running from a cock fight, of sorts...

An old rooster and a young rooster were watching over the hens. The young rooster said, "Let's run over there and have our way with one of those beauties". The old rooster (which is why he got to be old) said, "Let's walk over there and do them all"...

Ok, the original version was bulls, but for some reason the roosters seemed more appropriate for this thread.

Whipping Post
Whipping Post

  His campaign song should Whipping Post by the Allman Brothers Band.

cableguy
cableguy

 Edit: So the Republicans must really hate gays......

Babeu
Babeu

Yourproductsucks,
You are right about the media not always telling the truth. But in Paul case, the went way out of the way not to print anything for years because of his threats. I was sticking up for  Monica,.who along the way wrote about the stuff about Jose and the Desisto students which was the Truth. I know more about the Desisto student than I can ever write on here. It is a very sad, tragic, true thing that happened under the hands of Paul Babeu. A lot of students lives were ruined forever. So, I am so sorry, I do agree with you. about the media does not always tell the truth. But in Paul''s case they have. Have a nice day. Lucy Babeu

A Cunning Linguist
A Cunning Linguist

 Not true. He pants contained the entire ass known as Paul Babeu.

LucyBabeu#2
LucyBabeu#2

Like it is really Lucy writing this. Can't believe the idiots on here actually believe everything they are told. Oh wait, yes I do, look who is doing the reporting

Calling Elvis
Calling Elvis

  John Hook is really Bart Simpson grown up as a man.

FOX NEWS 10
FOX NEWS 10

 Thats one fine looking lake I would love to go fishing in. I would love to drown in that.

Nunya Biness
Nunya Biness

  Im thinking Paul might go over to the other side and become a liberal democrat now that Bracko is on the side of gay marriage now.

Liquor Box
Liquor Box

  Republicans hate everybody because of sexual frustration. Bristol Palin is against gay marriage even though her moms running mate John McCain has a gay lesbian daughter. even though Bristol had a child out of wedlock. more proof that republicans hate everybody and are hypocrites and they are just like everybody else on planet earth.

TellTheTruth
TellTheTruth

You must be new here, #2.

The regulars that comment at PNT are fully aware of who is posting as "Babeu."

You, on the other hand, are like your action hero. You hit and run and then complain you didn't have a good time. Go back to your comics.

Babeu
Babeu

I demand you to quit using my name and report this as abuse to phoenixnewtimes. If you do not, you are going to be in my lawsuit. You are imposter and are not the real Lucy Babeu. I am the real Lucy Babeu and I will not except you writng slanderous comments using my name. 5/12/2012 Lucy Babeu

Babeu
Babeu

Trying to use my name, I am the real Lucy Babeu, you ougt to be thrown off of here. Too bad for you, your darling Paul had to step down today. What a wonderful day it is. I am sure enjoying it. Use all the foul language you want, it cannot change this, you little baby.Paul deserved everything he got. He did it all to himself. And lady, you do not intimidate me, you are just like Paul. Have a great day. And yes Monica did great reporting and I see you love reading it.The real Lucy Babeu

Babeu
Babeu

Sorry Eleanor late in getting back to you. thanks for keep me updated. Take care my friend. The real Lucy Babeu

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Neat story. Not sure what you are alluding to in telling it. I've never assumed one was illegal based on their ethnicity. Even crazier, ive never arrested someone solely because they were illegal either. Nor have i called ICE to inquire into someones legal status. Was that your angle?

Bnbk
Bnbk

I agree with you YPS,we should never generalize any part of an entire population. I mean,what if  I happened to be speaking spanish and listening to corridos diving with my family to the carniceria to get some carne preparada for a bbq and was pulled over and asked for id by some one that assumed because most everyone in the car was "brown"there was a reason to check their " immigration status"?..............Hell that would tend to ruin someones day,don't you think?.......Now,from  circumstances such as these,one could assume that,maybe,just maybe,one might be the victim of some type of "generalization"or in other words, racial profiling?......I agree with you,not good in either case. 

Yourproductsucks
Yourproductsucks

Meghan McCain is straight, but don't let those silly facts get in the way of you making your point!

...and how does having a child out of wedlock equate to "proof that republicans hate everybody?"

If it were ok to generalize an entire population based on the actions of individuals and using you as the example I could say that, " liberals are ignorant, uneducated assholes who hate single mothers and think that anyone who supports the gay agenda is gay."

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