Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu Is Full of Hypocrisy and Hyperbole
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on CNN.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been whining about criticism he's received for orchestrating a media circus and stirring protest in Oracle over a busload of a few dozen children from Central America that were supposedly going to be detained at a facility in that town.
The children never materialized and Babeu, perched atop his self-aggrandizing pedestal, claimed victory for maintaining the peace among protestors -- and even claims the "public outcry against this secret movement delayed or permanently stopped the transfer."
It's been an interesting few weeks for Babeu, who is steadily clawing his way back into the limelight as he desperately tries to make a political comeback. His political star all but went dark in 2012 when Jose Orozco, Babeu's former Mexican lover, accused the sheriff of threatening him with deportation if he revealed their relationship.
New Times found, while investigating that story, that Babeu, who was running for a seat in Arizona's uber-conservative Fourth Congressional District, had posted lewd photos of himself on a hook-up site for gay men, posted details about his sexual preferences, and had e-mailed photos of his erect penis and selfies in his underwear to anonymous men he'd met online.
Details also emerged about Babeu serving as headmaster at a private boarding school for troubled teens, one that was eventually shut down after numerous reports of physical and sexual abuse. Babeu was also accused by his sister of witnessing an inappropriate relationship between Babeu and a young man from the school. Former students also told New Times that the teen received special treatment from then Headmaster Babeu.
But we digress.
In a recent editorial, the Arizona Republic called Babeu "sheriff showboat" and said his actions surrounding the children from Central America were "incomprehensible" and "irresponsible." (Read the editorial, but be warned, it pops up with sound and video.)
CNN's Anderson Cooper called out Babeu for releasing the exact location of the facility where these children were allegedly going to be placed.