It doesn’t get any better than this:
Pinal County Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu has a reputation as a hard man– especially hard on immigrants. Some people have claimed he’s a sadist who takes delight in splitting up families and gratuitously ruining people’s lives. Last week the 43 year old Babeu, now a far right Republican candidate for Congress, was the toast of CPAC. Theylove hard men there.
Today Mitt Romney’s campaign booted Babeu from his position as a Romney for President Arizona co-chairman, reminiscent of the move his 2008 campaign did when Romney for President Idaho co-chair Larry Craig was arrested in a public toilet trying to have sex with a young-looking police undercover agent. Closeted gay Republican flock to Romney for some reason I’ll never understand.
It turns out that Babeu wasn’t just another garden variety, run of the mill Republican closet queen. The anti-immigrant fanatic had a long-time lover named Jose. And it gets much worse. The story was brokenby a respected Arizona veteran journalist Monica Alonzo. Babeu threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship.
Meanwhile, Babeu, a former boarding school headmaster who claims he was repeatedly molested as a child by a Catholic priest, is still deluding himself that he can continue running for Congress against GOP incumbent Paul Gosar. That should be over by Monday. Babeu’s press conference a couple hours ago is stunning. He admitted he’s gay and tried painting himself as a victim, although he did admit the relationship between himself and Jose.
I came to the conclusion a few years ago that the more homophobic a male politician or religious leader is, the more likely he is familiar with the taste of trouser snake. But this case hit the trifects. A closeted gay anti-immigrant sheriff/congressional candidate blackmailing his illegal immigrant lover. They even have pictures.
Babeu (Baboo?) has already resigned/been dumped by the Romney campaign. I’m betting his run for Congress will be over in a week. Any bets on how long before he has to turn in his badge?