It looks like the leftist media found an excuse to “out” Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu, and man, did they seem to take great delight in running with the story.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration — threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship, the former boyfriend and his lawyer tell New Times.
The latest of the alleged threats were made through Babeu’s personal attorney, who’s also running the sheriff’s campaign for Congress in District 4, the ex-lover says.
He says lawyer Chris DeRose demanded he sign an agreement that he would never breathe a word about the affair. But Jose (New Times is withholding his last name because Babeu and his attorney have challenged his legal status) refused.
The 34-year-old from central Mexico charges that the sheriff’s lawyer warned against mentioning the affair with Babeu. DeRose said gossip about Babeu would focus attention on Jose, attention that could result in his deportation, Jose says.
Predictably, the vicious bigots of the leftist blogosphere are cackling as well, delighted with another gay Republican being outed. They seem very entertained with his outing–which is nobody’s business but Babeu’s–and not the more serious allegation that he is alleged to have used his position as a law enforcement officer to threaten a criminal, and the non-criminal but politically damaging claim that the anti-illegal immigration platform that he has build his reputation upon could be so easily discarded for sex.
I’m also irritated that the Stalinist left feels that they “own” the “gay vote,” as if someone who is gay cannot be a advocate of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and patriotism, but that is a separate issue for another time.
If crimes are alleged, then let the justice system prevail. If Babeu easily turned his back on his public principles in private in order to seek political power, than let voters decide his political fate.
But if the only substance of these allegations turns out to be that Babeu was an enemy of Obama that has his sexuality used against him by leftists eager simply to see a critic of the President humiliated, then the news today is of a different sort.
It isn’t news that Republican/conservative/libertarian values aren’t dependent on sexual preference.
Nor, I guess, is it news that the Stalinist left tolerates no diversity of opinion at all.