Who shopped the sheriff? His gay lover!

A RIGHT-WING Republican sheriff, who has been working his toned little butt off in support of Mormon homophobe Mitt Romney’s bid to become US President, has been outed as gay.

According to this report, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu, of Pinal County, built a reputation as a rising, conservative star by taking a hardline stance against illegal immigration, attacking the Obama administration and appearing alongside Sen John McCain in a 2010 re-election ad.

A photo of sheriff Babeu posted on a gay website

But, last Saturday, Babeu’s conservative image took nose-dive as he was forced to confirm publicly that he is gay and was involved in a relationship with a Mexican immigrant who claims the sheriff threatened to have him deported if he revealed their relationship.

The revelation prompted Babeu to call Romney’s staff to say he would step down from his post as state campaign co-chair.

Babeu denies any wrongdoing, and has vowed to continue his battle for a Republican congressionalal nomination in an extremely conservative rural congressional district. He recognises he is fighting an uphill battle, especially in a state where “family values” are staunchly upheld by a large evangelical Christian and Mormon population

At a lengthy press conference, Babeu said he hoped voters would stick by him, but his opponents think that’s unlikely. Arizona Sen Ron Gould says Babeu is sure to lose major support among the family-values voters who oppose gay marriage.

Babeu previously avoided a public stance on gay rights, but came out in favour of them on Saturday.

I can be a supporter and get out there and help articulate as we progress as a culture and a society, that there should be individual liberties and there should be individual freedoms. For any other person to define somebody else’s relationship and say it not OK, that is not who we are as Americans.

Some political observers think Babeu’s career could be over. Long-time Arizona Republican political consultant Sean Noble said:

There is no question that his budding congressional campaign is over. Because it is a Republican primary in a conservative district, it’s likely that the thing that hurts him the most is that he was in a gay relationship.

Babeu’s acknowledgment that he is gay came after a story in the Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly magazine that quoted a former lover, Jose, as saying Babeu threatened his immigration status if he revealed their relationship.

Babeu denied claims he tried to threaten the man, a former campaign volunteer. He said the accusations were an attempt to hurt his political career.

Jose provided the New Times with photos of him and Babeu embracing. It also posted a cell phone self-portrait of a smiling Babeu in his underwear, and another of what appears to be the shirtless sheriff in a bathroom, posted on a gay dating web site. Babeu didn’t deny their authenticity.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

12 responses to “Who shopped the sheriff? His gay lover!”

  1. AngieRS says:

    Progress as a culture and a society, where he lives, if you’re Gay? He needs to stop pissing against the wind. Though going by the sound of it, he didn’t want to be outed if the threats to his boyfriend are anything to go by.

  2. Broga says:

    I wonder how many other evangelical christians are gay and or atheist and decide they had better not say?

  3. ZombieHunter says:

    So despite being outed as gay and exposed as a liar and a hypocrite he still wants to support the republican party and mitt romney, that line about turkeys voting for christmas comes to mind.

  4. barriejohn says:

    Do they really WANT to be outed? If not, why post images like that on the internet? He’s not the first by a long chalk.

    Gay sheriff Paul Babeu: Is affably up huge bear

  5. David Anderson says:

    And still these people can’t understand how keeping sex and religion out of politics might just be a good idea.

  6. remigius says:

    I’m not really an expert on cowboy films, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time a Mexican bandit has emptied his weapon into a sheriff.

  7. Trevor blake says:

    The phrase “we are everywhere” applies to these men as well. The notion of “diversity” aplies to conservatives and liberals alike or it means nothing. Being a homosexual man does not mandate (couldn’t resist) anything in particular politically. Like atheism, it is complete in itself and implies nothing further. Is atheism of the left or right? Depends on if you ask Karl Marx or Ayn Rand. I like to think neither. That’s the free part of being a freethinker.

  8. AgentCormac says:

    OT but still topical – more whinging and whining this morning that religion is becoming ‘marginalised’ in the UK.

  9. alb says:

    As a teenager, despicable creatures like him were far more effective than any homophobic bullying in making me afraid to identify as gay.

  10. Broga says:

    AgentCormac: They do go on about being marginalised, don’t they? The importance of education i.e. child indoctrination, for them is to establish a culture of belief. That culture indoctrinates the child to accept what they are told, not to question and to adjust their thinking to accomodate and rationalise any challenges to fit within the culture. Religious belief over the centuries is always changing and slipping to meet, with deceit and casuistry, challenges. Examples: they no longer believe that the sun goes round the earth, they have endless recourse to describing so much of the bible that was considered literally true as metaphor. Almost all christians today would be burned at the stake, or tortured by the Inquisition, if they voiced their beliefs in the Middle Ages.

    The ability to educate and indoctrinate children is vital to them if they are to prolongue their superstitions.

  11. barriejohn says:

    A bit of good news from Italy:

  12. AgentCormac says:


    Agreed. I find the torturous, inane theology by which xtians constantly try to square their beliefs and scriptures with the reality of life and the physical universe to be such blatant, overwhelming nonsense as to be laughable. Yet these charlatans are forever passing their warped thinking and half-baked reasoning off as absolute truth, especially to the young who will believe what is fed to them with wide-eyed innocence and unquestioning deference. I sincerely believe that in centuries to come, humankind will look back on the way our religious institutions betrayed the trust of children with a mixture of utter disbelief and horror.