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I could care less if Babeu is gay

Written By: Bob - Feb• 18•12

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.

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  1. Orion says:

    Ever notice that the ONLY people who seem to care a rat’s tiny hiney about someone’s race or sexual orientation are the uber-tolerant left who claim to be beyond such things?

    They’re the ones who are openly PROUD of voting for someone based solely upon their race or sexual orientation…Which they keep telling us is BAD.

    It’s almost like leftism is completely senseless or something…


  2. Barry Stutner says:

    I think you mean “I couldn’t care less”.

    Let’s see how many votes Babeu gets in the primary from the party of tolerance that doesn’t care a whit about a person’s private life.

  3. In general, I agree with you. I’ve also noticed that certain types of relationships tend more toward drama and vindictiveness when they break up. This is why I really don’t believe the former “lover’s” accusations.

    What I don’t like is the idea that he was trolling gay websites with risque pictures of himself. This hardly shows good judgment, either political or moral. Babeau opened himself up to all sorts of behavior by doing so.

    • Bob says:

      I somehow missed the photo of the dating site profile. As a straight white male who has never used any sort of dating sites, I found the photo and description a bit jarring. It does indeed seem like an Anthony Weiner-grade exposure, and very dumb in retrospect considering the potential to be used against him both as a LEO and a Congressional hopeful.

      • I’ve often thought we should have a coming out day for gay Republicans but, unfortunately, liberals are vicious when it comes to those with whom they disagree. Gay Republicans are much more likely to be met with violence by leftists than the mere lifestyle disapproval meted out by evangelical Christians. I DO think conservatives are more accepting of alternate lifestyles than any time in the past.