Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Mittbot's Arizona Mess

Holy crap, this story has everything - politics, law enforcement, sexual orientation, immigration, threatening behavior, you name it. One would be tempted to say that that lunatic Santorum will benefit, seeing as Arizonans aren't the most liberal bunch, but that would only be true if the repug primary process wasn't so totally corrupt.

Arizona Sheriff Is Accused Of Threatening Ex-Boyfriend

"Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Ariz., stepped down as a co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in the state on Saturday after a newspaper published accusations that he threatened to deport a former boyfriend, who was from Mexico, when the man refused to keep quiet about their relationship.

Mr. Babeu made national headlines for his tough stance on illegal immigration. He endorsed Mr. Romney in October and is running for Congress in Arizona’s Fourth District.

The news of Mr. Babeu’s decision to step down from the Romney campaign was first reported by The Arizona Republic.

On Thursday, The Phoenix New Times reported the allegations of a 34-year-old Mexican man whom they identified only as “Jose.” He said that when he refused to sign an agreement that he would never mention his relationship with Mr. Babeu, which he said lasted for years, the sheriff and his lawyer tried to intimidate him with threats of deportation.

In a press conference on Saturday, Mr. Babeu said that he had had a personal relationship with Jose, but denied that he had threatened to deport him. The accusations, he said, “are absolutely, completely false — except for the issues that refer to me as being gay. Because that’s the truth. I am gay.”

Even though Mr. Babeu was a minor figure in the Romney campaign, the accusations came at a less than ideal time."


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