Pinal County Democratic Party Calls On Sheriff Paul Babeu to Put Duties As Sheriff Above His Congressional Aspirations

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Sheriff Paul Babeu makes an appearance on Fox 10 News
The Pinal County Democrats aren't happy with Sheriff Paul Babeu's latest rhetoric about pushing for a law making it a crime for federal law enforcement officers to enforce President Barack Obama's proposals to reduce gun violence.

Yeah, he did say that.

Babeu brought it up during an appearance on Fox 10 with Rick D'Amico and Andrea Robinson -- a nearly 10 minute segment in which the two simply nodded in blissful agreement.

See also: Reverend Al Sharpton Reveals on National Television that the Emperor of Pinal County, Paul Babeu, Has No Clothes (ICYMI)

It's worth noting (again) that this interview took place on the same day the Reverend Al Sharpton eviscerated Babeu's talking points on national television.

Despite Babeu parading a message about Obama behaving like a king and dictator, and trampling American's constitutional rights with his executive orders on various media outlets during the day, by that evening, Babeu admitted that none of what Obama was proposing actually trampled on anyone's Constitutional rights. And, that since Obama was proposing laws, he wasn't really behaving like a king or dictator.

D'Amico brings up Babeu's plans to "push for legislation which would make it a crime for a federal law enforcement officer to infringe upon the Constitutional rights of the American people."

Babeu, as comfortable on Fox News as a naked baby wrapped in a warm blanket, tells the co-hosts that, of course, he's pushing for that because "last I checked, in Pinal County we arrest people for crimes."

Ha. So clever. But we thought his line was "we enforce the laws."

"So what I'm proposing is, is here in Arizona, like other states have already, enacted measures that makes it a crime for a member of ATF or any federal agent to carry out these Executive Orders of the President in our state," Babeu says. "And that -- what would happen is we would arrest those people."

And just to make sure the moment isn't lost on the nodding co-hosts, Babeu exclaims: "This is serious stuff!"

The trio exchange half a dozen thanks-yous and end the segment there.

Henry Wade, Jr., chairman of the Pinal County Democratic Party said that Babeu's "threat to push for [such] legislation ... is an attempt of an ambitious politician to exploit a tragedy."

Wade says that Babeu would be violating his "sacred oath as a police officer if he were to carry out the idle threat."

Wade calls it as he sees it -- Babeu trying to rebuild the campaign for Congress he so publicly lost after his former lover accused him of abusing his power, and New Times revealed that Babeu was sending sexually explicit photos of himself to and sexting with anonymous men, and maintained an online profile where he posted his sexual preferences, including his penis size.

"His job is to enforce the law not stand in judgement of the law. That responsibility belongs to the courts," Wade said in a statement. "We call upon Babeu to put his duties as sheriff ahead of his political ambitions for higher office."


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VandaDuarte
VandaDuarte

Babeu is a politician in trouble.  He constructed his entire political persona around implacable opposition to immigration reform, insisting that he'd never sit still for a path to citizenship and boasting that he was the stud who set John McCain (his patron) straight on the subject.  But in the wake of Romney's defeat, party managers have decided that the anti-immigrant demagoguery that he epitomizes has become a threat to the party's future.  McCain has been signaling his reversal, or re-reversal, of course for months.  This leaves Babeu with a potentially career-ending dilemma.  He can either submit to the party bosses and discreetly abjure the mock-heroic over-my-dead-body declarations he's been peddling to the nativist base for the last three years, or he can try to save himself by going rogue and continuing to fight reform.  His whole history suggests abject submission to the bosses, which leaves him in dire need of some new trick to salvage his credibility with the anti-immigrant right.  Thus this lame gesture of defying the President, which wouldn't solve his problem even if he'd had the mother-wit to execute it properly.

donotrecall
donotrecall

...."This same analogy holds true with these shootings....it's not the gun that is at fault but rather the criminals who use them".WTF, stupid knee head shurf could not be more stupid, it's the gun the one that does the damage, a criminal without a gun doesn't do as much damage. Asault weapons belong in the Army, they need to be banned to regular citizens along with large capacity magazines. This KNEE HEAD SHURF needs to stop pandering to the loonies of the NRA for political gain.

interloper
interloper

I'm confused. Would high school graduates, having sworn an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, then be obliged to arrest Babeu for violating the U.S. Constitution? Article 6 vs. the second amendment. Makes my head spin.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Once again the Bald Bunion of Pinal County is spewing his bullshit.

He has no choice but to enforce federal gun-control laws once the president signs them. And President Obama will have a stack of legislation to sign.

vwleach
vwleach

Henry should first look at the Sheriff of Pima Co. who has refused to enforce laws already on the books re: illegal immigration for years.  Hanery--being a little selective, are we?

interloper
interloper

@MaskedMagician1967 "no choice"? Care to give a citation that backs that claim? I think he lacks jurisdiction to enforce federal law unless he is specifically authorized by the feds and the state and/or the county to do so. 

 Now, if he interferes with federal law enforcement by attempting to arrest them for violating  (an unconstitutional) state law, he could be commiting a federal crime. Most likely this is all just grandstanding, but it would be fun to watch if he carried through on his threat.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@interloper

The oath he took first as a police officer then as a sheriff require him to uphold all the laws.

He very easily can uphold federal gun-control laws through simple enforcement of state laws. In fact, if the Legislature wasn't packed with kooks we may actually get some real work done regarding gun-control.

gerry_c
gerry_c

@interloper @MaskedMagician1967

Obstruction of Justice?

interloper
interloper

@MaskedMagician1967 The fact remains that state, county and local law enforcement are generally not authorized to enforce *federal law*. Look at amendment 64 in Colorado. Police in Colorado are not arresting people for violating federal possession of marijuana laws. They could theoretically hold them federal authorities to arrest and prosecute but the reason that is not happening is that it is highly impractical and would be very unpopular. Federal gun laws and state gun laws are not one-in-the-same, Az legislative kooks not withstanding. And this is not simply a matter of semantics, we don't lock people up in state prisons for federal crimes and there is no parole in the federal prison system.

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