Monday, February 20, 2012

Gay relationship may derail Babeu's political prospects


Gay relationship may derail Babeu's political prospects

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu built a reputation as a rising, conservative star by taking a hard-line stance against illegal immigration, attacking the Obama administration and appearing alongside Sen. John McCain in a 2010 re-election ad in which McCain urged federal officials to just "complete the danged fence."

But on Saturday, Babeu's conservative image took a beating as he was forced to acknowledge publicly that he is gay and was involved in a relationship with a Mexican immigrant who has said the sheriff threatened to have him deported if he revealed their relationship.

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