“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.”