Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu speaks at a news conference, Feb. 18, 2012 in Florence, Ariz. (Deirdre Hamill, AP Photo/The Arizona Republic)
Sheriff Paul Babeau of Pinal County, Arizona, has resigned as co-chairman of the Mitt Romney, after admitting he was involved in a relationship with an illegal Mexican immigrant man who claims Babeau threatened to have him deported, if he revealed the true nature of their affiliation. Somebody didn’t get a Valentine’s Day gift! Babeau built a staunchly conservative reputation by taking a tough stance against illegal immigration; appearing with Sen. John McCain in a television commercial for McCain’s 2010 re-election campaign about the “danged fence;” and attacking President Obama on the immigration issue. Babeau is running for the GOP nomination in Arizona’s 4th Congressional District this year. In a press conference on Saturday, the 18th, Babeau admitted his homosexuality and avoided commenting directly about the allegations made by his supposed ex-lover. He also insists he’s staying in the congressional race against incumbent Paul Gosar. Not surprisingly, reporters at the press conference wanted to know more about Babeau’s relationship with the man he refers to only as “José,” instead of more important issues, like say, border security. This is typical grease for the political sludge machine, with yet another conservative Republican forced out of the gay closet; most likely by the opposition. As more and more of these sex scandals arise, no one really cares – or at least they shouldn’t. I don’t know about the “danged fence,” but those danged queers are everywhere!