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Preliminary thoughts on the Sheriff Babeu Hullabaloo

If covering the allegations against Herman Cain taught me anything,” writes Tina Korbe about the allegations leveled against Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu . . .

. . . it’s to wait for more information to come to a conclusion about accusations of a personal nature. It’s almost never possible to be certain of the facts in he-said-she-said (or, in this case, he-said-he-said) controversies, but a general sense of things gradually emerges.

As many of our readers know, Babeu “stepped down Saturday from a state leadership position with Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign after a newspaper published allegations that he threatened to deport a former boyfriend.

In a press conference yesterday, Babeu denied all but one of the allegations against him:

Yesterday, a tabloid article made a number of false allegations about me. Only one was true: I’m gay. Today, I held a press conference to discuss this. I want to be judged on my service: 20 years in the military, two deployments – including one in Iraq, a police officer who has responded to thousands of calls for help, and a Sheriff who has cut response times while reducing my own budget. I hope you will stand with me as we talk about the issues that matter: securing our border and ending the record debt and deficit spending that is stalling our economy and bankrupting the country we all love.

Provided Babeu is telling the truth, there is no story here save the invasion of the Sheriff’s privacy.  It seems that our friends in the media believe we should respect the private lives of gay politicians under only one condition — they’re not Republicans.

Moreover, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that Babeu ever denied his homosexuality or expressed animus against gays.  Right now, it seems those who published this story are more interested in hurting this good man — and perhaps also the campaign of Mitt Romney.

All that said, Korbe said it best when she cautioned us to wait for more information until we come to any conclusions.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  DaveO noticed something interesting about the case; he “didn’t find mention of Gloria Allred being Jose’s lawyer.”

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17 Comments

  1. It’s a non-story. Democrats will try to play up the gay angle though to show how intolerant Republicans are. They are so predictable.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — February 19, 2012 @ 8:52 pm - February 19, 2012

  2. On present info, well, I smell a rat – something perhaps trumped up, to keep Babeu on the (Gay Left) plantation. We shall see.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 19, 2012 @ 9:38 pm - February 19, 2012

  3. sounds like as good an interpretation as any, ILC.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — February 19, 2012 @ 9:48 pm - February 19, 2012

  4. At the moment the only conclusion the facts thus far lead to, is that Babue is a cheating cad, and Jose is vengeful jilted lover.

    Neither of which, in itself, paints gays in a good light.

    The rest will have to come to light in time. Before that happens, what I fear goes without saying is that the far left will paint Babue as a self loathing gay, and the far right will paint “Jose” as an opportunistic ‘illegal’. And when the truth comes to light it will have already been lost in the rhetoric.

    Comment by Sandhorse — February 20, 2012 @ 12:08 am - February 20, 2012

  5. I didn’t find mention of Gloria Allred being Jose’s lawyer.

    Comment by DaveO — February 20, 2012 @ 12:39 am - February 20, 2012

  6. @Sandhorse

    and the far right will paint “Jose” as an pportunistic ‘illegal’.

    Umm, the data I’ve read that’s not painting that’s accuracy. If he’s an illegal, and he threatened to ‘out’ the Sherrif if he got deported, what part is inaccurate?

    Comment by The Livewire — February 20, 2012 @ 7:54 am - February 20, 2012

  7. In the contest between which party is more anti-, pro- or perplexed on gay stuff oh, I’d say they’re running neck and neck. All those anti-gay marriage amendments didn’t win by such margins because all the Democrats voted against them, that’s for sure. But I do find it sadly interesting that the media will never cover any anti-gay comments by the left and Democrats. Where are they when Democratic New York State senator Ruben Diaz gives one of his “death to gays” & “NO GAYS!” rallies? Where are the stories about African-American preachers, and if polls have it right, some 85% of the 95% voting Democratic African-Americans, being virulently anti-gay? And where is the story that Democratic voting Latinos and their many Catholic leaders being against rights for gays, and against gay marriage? Our media, and many gay folks, like to pretend that the Democrats are for us, and the Republicans are against us. About the only thing that is true is that the politicians of both parties have not caught up with the growing proportion of Americans who have become gay-perplexed and seem to just want to include us some way. And we’ve won that battle without the media on our side (show me the pro-gay stories, you know, the ones without the “balance” always given to Tony Perkins or even some African-American preacher whose name escapes me, when any media, even the most lefty sort, cover a gay story.) And we’ve won it without a politician on our side either. We’ve won it individual by individual, as we shall continue to do. And it will take time for the whole nation to, um, evolve. It’s been going on for 40-60 years, it’s speeding up, it might take another twenty.

    But if the nation goes bankrupt, it won’t make a difference in the world about gay marriage. So vote your pocketbooks and not glassy-eyed “We like you, sort of,” stuff from anybody on the left.

    Comment by Jim Hlavac — February 20, 2012 @ 9:37 am - February 20, 2012

  8. Livewire,

    The information I’ve read is that Jose’s lawyer is stating his visa is current. While that will defiantly have to be proven, I should think that’s not something a practicing attorney would want to be cavalier about. In any case, depending on what the political leanings of the site visited, that’s already the assumption. That Jose is here illegally.

    The part I find a little perplexing is the sudden resignation of Babeu. Why?

    It’s a free country and being gay, or even a gay slut, is not illegal. While it might be politically crippling, immediately resigning is going a bit overboard wouldn’t you say? It would suggest some implication of guilt. If not for allegedly threatening Jose, then perhaps for some real or perceived rational that his being gay disqualifies him from his position.

    A critical eye on Jose is not out of place either. If his visa is genuine, then Babeu’s alleged threats would be empty. But then, Babeu was in a position to perhaps override or otherwise disregard that visa. If the visa is bunk then running to the authorities and all this national attention wouldn’t exactly be the ideal way to ‘go underground’.

    So, like I said before, the only thing proven so far is; contrary to Babeu’s adam4adam account, he is anything but ‘loyal’. And Jose is a drama queen.

    Only facts can change that cursory perception. But the rhetoric machines on both sides will have the truth buried before it can even be addressed. At least, form the various sites I’ve visited, that is the conclusion I’ve come to. And that, IMHO, is disappointing.

    Comment by Sandhorse — February 20, 2012 @ 10:12 am - February 20, 2012

  9. I would love to have you comment on this exchange on CNN, GP: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/blaze-political-analyst-will-cain-in-heated-cnn-debate-on-az-sheriff-scandal/

    Comment by Papa Giorgio — February 20, 2012 @ 11:04 am - February 20, 2012

  10. If it’s verified he lied to Jose voters will need to assess if they are being lied to as well.

    I do admire how he has used this tawdry plarform to create a refreshing public
    voice on gay marriage and gays in the military topics. We so rarely hear a gay vet’s opinion on a national stage.

    Sucks it takes a scandal for a suitable gay opinion to be heard nationally.

    Comment by Patrick — February 20, 2012 @ 11:13 am - February 20, 2012

  11. @Jim Hlavac the media wants to keep all “minorities” in the Democrats corner. They don’t want the truth the be revealed. And the truth is that just because you are part of a “minority” (special privilege) group doesn’t mean you have to support another “minority.”

    They also want us to believe that the Democrat Party are all for gays not just to portray Republicans as bigots, but to get us to rely on the government. Like you said people have become more tolerant of gays on an individual basis. Imagine how much better things would be if the government and the media left morality, social interaction and people’s personal life to the people.

    The only “minority” group that the media doesn’t acknowledge is the individual.

    Comment by MV — February 20, 2012 @ 12:52 pm - February 20, 2012

  12. I didn’t find mention of Gloria Allred being Jose’s lawyer.

    That’s because Jose is a man, DaveO.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — February 20, 2012 @ 1:27 pm - February 20, 2012

  13. The part I find a little perplexing is the sudden resignation of Babeu. Why?

    The only thing Sheriff Babeu has resigned from is position in the Romney campaign, which he likely did because he didn’t want this “scandal” to negatively affect Romney’s campaign.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — February 20, 2012 @ 5:22 pm - February 20, 2012

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  15. I think the left is going after Babeu because he has been such a strong, outspoken voice against Fast and Furious. F and F was an Obama gun grabbing plot that went awry. Now with the 2012 election looming large, he needs that scandal to quietly go away. I am sure that Babeu’s articulate spotlight on the criminality endorsed by the ATF and the DOJ is definitely hurting Obama. They are trying to disappear him.

    Comment by runningrn — February 20, 2012 @ 8:21 pm - February 20, 2012

  16. #15 Absolutely right. He got too close to Holder and the machine is doing its hit piece one week before Romney’s primary

    Comment by Patrick — February 20, 2012 @ 9:37 pm - February 20, 2012

  17. The part I find a little perplexing is the sudden resignation of Babeu. Why?

    Babeu puts duty first. He realized that the controversy could make him a detriment to the Romney campaign, and he should get out of the way (in that regard). What a concept.

    Babeu is running full steam with his Congressional campaign. IMO, he comes out looking great in this TV interview: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/az-sheriff-paul-babeu-denies-allegations-during-wrenching-wolf-blitzer-interview/

    Scroll down and VTWT.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — February 20, 2012 @ 9:46 pm - February 20, 2012

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