Romney's Arizona co-chairman steps down

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    Republican Congressional candidate Paul Babeu, currently serving as a sheriff in Arizona, stepped down on Saturday from his position as the co-chair for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign in the state, after an explosive allegation from a Mexican man, who claims to be his ex-boyfriend, that Babeu threatened him with deportation to Mexico.

    "Sheriff Babeu has stepped down from his volunteer position with the campaign so he can focus on the allegations against him," Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed in an email to The Huffington Post. "We support his decision."

    In a press conference on Saturday, Babeu said the allegations are false but confirmed that he is gay, something he had not previously discussed. According to a tweet by the Arizona Capitol Times from his speech, "I am gay," he said.

    The Phoenix New-Times broke the story about the Mexican man, referring to him only his first name, Jose. Babeu is both a staunch Republican and a hawk on border security -- making the allegations all the more surprising and potentially damaging.

    News about Babeu could also prove damaging to the Romney campaign ahead of the state's Feb. 28 Republican presidential primary.

    Jose told the New-Times that Charlie DeRose, Babeu's lawyer and campaign manager, threatened that he would push for his deportation if he disclosed their relationship.

    A 34-year-old from Mexico, Jose provided the publication a photo of Babeu with Jose that appeared on its website, with Jose's face blurred out. Jose said that while working for the Babeu campaign on its social media and website, he and Babeu began an affair, which ended badly after he suspected that Babeu was cheating on him. DeRose then asked for the passwords to Babeu's accounts and asked Jose to sign a legal document stating that he would not speak of the relationship, according to Jose's account in the paper.

    Jose said that DeRose had also claimed, incorrectly, that he had an expired visa and could be deported, according to the paper. Jose's attorney, Melissa Weiss-Riner, confirmed his account to the New-Times and the Arizona Republic.

    Paul Babeu, Arizona Sheriff, Steps Down As Arizona Co-Chair Of Mitt Romney's Presidential Campaign
     
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    The comedy of this years campaign season just gets more surreal every passing day.
     
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    Read more: Santorum Could Win Arizona GOP Primary on a Shoestring Budget | Fox News Latino
     
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    And what is the bid deal ?
     
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    the guy lives an alternative life style, hes protected, the media will do a MGreevey for him, all forgiven....;)







    oh shit, hes in the gop? there goes that, hes screwed.
     
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    Yep, he's screwed alright, especially in Pinal County. It's too bad, too, he is a good Sheriff. I used to live in Pinal County and voted for him.
     
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    Arizona Sheriff Rocked By Accusations Of Alleged Immigrant Ex-Boyfriend | TPMMuckraker

    You might have to be from Arizona to know how big this this. This skinhead is buds with white supremacists and KKK - such as Arpaio, JT Ready and Kris Kobach. He's been in the center of several big scandals, including probably shooting himself in the side and blaming illegals, and buying a huge Hummer to go to and from his office to the cafe for lunch. He's the guy in that phony commercial showing McCain saying "finish the dang fence" even though Pinal county, where he's the fake sheriff, doesn't border on Mexico.

    Funny thing is, even though he's as corrupt as his crony Arpaio, I almost feel sorry for him.

    Naw, he's scum and brought it on himself.
     
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    The GObP/pubs/teebags will forgive anything of their own. That's why someone as corrupt and crooked as Santorum is accepted - even as possible POTUS. Also why Blunt, Ensign and the rest of the scum are re-elected.

    If he were Dem, he'd be dumped. Case in point, Weiner. He didn't actually do anything, didn't break laws, didn't screw anyone but the Dems dumped him flat.
     
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    I live in the Phoenix metro area, the valley, and I don't like Sheriff Babeu's stance of illegal immigration or his falsehoods about the extent of drug smuggling through his county. But I was impressed at the way he handled his "outing" at today's press conference. He is running for Congress and his republican primary mates are attacking him with fervor, as of today. Babeu was the run away front runner, but his money people are leaving already. He was slated to be a future governor of Arizona.
     
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    I'm a black racist liberal and no friend of Sheriff Babeu, but you are spouting lies. He didn't shoot himself nor was he suspected of shooting himself. That was one of his deputies. Babeu backed the guy's story, but then fired him for bragging in an interview with the same paper that broke yesterday's story about Babeu.

    If your are going to bash the man get your shit straight.
     

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