Babeu is new face of Arizona sheriffs

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  1. Angelhair

    Angelhair Senior Member

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    You've probably seen him by now, in one of numerous TV interviews or walking with Sen. John McCain along the U.S.-Mexico border fence in the senator's latest television ad.

    He's the blue-eyed, shaved-headed man in a crisp sheriff's uniform describing "off-the-charts" violence in Arizona, defending the state's new immigration-enforcement law and lamenting the federal government's inability to secure the border.

    "Senator, you're one of us," he tells McCain in the political advertisement.

    But who is he?

    He is Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, a 41-year-old from Massachusetts who has become the new face of Arizona border sheriffs in the last two months, although his county is about 90 miles from Mexico.

    Babeu's border-hawk stance and penchant for self-promotion have led some to label him a less abrasive version of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. But Arpaio was a law enforcement officer who turned politician, while Babeu is a politician turned sheriff.

    Raised in North Adams, Mass., in a family of 11 children, he was elected to the City Council at age 18.

    Babeu is new face of Arizona sheriffs

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