Image: Phoenix New Times

BY ALYSSA CARTEE

ANCHOR NATHAN BYRNE

A high profile sheriff in Arizona resigned from presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign staff amid a media firestorm. It began Thursday, when The Phoenix New Times published an article outing him as gay, and also accusing him of serious professional misconduct. CNN explains.

“In the newspaper article, Sheriff Paul Babeu is accused of threatening to deport his former boyfriend if he revealed their relationship. He denies the allegation.”

Babeu says everything in the article was false except for the fact that he is gay. The sheriff is known for his staunch conservative views and crackdown attitude on immigration. Babeu is also currently running for U.S. Congress, KSAZ reports his election was looking promising.

“So far, he has raised more campaign money than any other Republican in the race including current Congressman Paul Gosar. How this will affect his campaign is still unknown.”

Babeu appeared in one of John McCain’s most influential ads.  McCain was asked about the allegations on ABC’s “This Week.”

“All I can say is that he also deserves the benefit, as every citizen does, of innocence until proven guilty. But I appreciate the support that he gave me in my campaign and always will.”

But The New York Times says the scandal could mean bad news for Mitt Romney.

“Even though Mr. Babeu was a minor figure in the Romney campaign, the accusations came at a less than ideal time. With Arizona and Michigan holding primaries at the end of the month, Mr. Romney is struggling to shore up social conservatives’ support and to fend off Rick Santorum, who is surging after winning contests in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota.”

A writer for Politico says the scandal may seem like an anti-gay issue, but there’s more to the story.

“If Babeu fails to make it to the primary — or through it — some might point to the Republican Party's reputation of being hostile to gays as the reason. But this tale is more complicated than that, and likely has a few more twists and turns to it.”

A blogger for conservative site The Right Sphere agrees, saying the issue here is not Babeu’s sexual orientation.

“The only allegation that I think should even be considered is whether or not Babeu used his position as law enforcement official to make threats against another individual. Nothing else. ...
By allowing the discussion of his sexuality and how he chose to live to even become a part of this discussion, we play right into the hands of those that wish to paint us as intolerant bigots.”


Babeu says he has every intention of continuing his campaign and his term as sheriff.  

 

Arizona Sheriff Leaves Romney Campaign Amid Controversy

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Arizona Sheriff Leaves Romney Campaign Amid Controversy

 

Image: Phoenix New Times

BY ALYSSA CARTEE

ANCHOR NATHAN BYRNE

A high profile sheriff in Arizona resigned from presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign staff amid a media firestorm. It began Thursday, when The Phoenix New Times published an article outing him as gay, and also accusing him of serious professional misconduct. CNN explains.

“In the newspaper article, Sheriff Paul Babeu is accused of threatening to deport his former boyfriend if he revealed their relationship. He denies the allegation.”

Babeu says everything in the article was false except for the fact that he is gay. The sheriff is known for his staunch conservative views and crackdown attitude on immigration. Babeu is also currently running for U.S. Congress, KSAZ reports his election was looking promising.

“So far, he has raised more campaign money than any other Republican in the race including current Congressman Paul Gosar. How this will affect his campaign is still unknown.”

Babeu appeared in one of John McCain’s most influential ads.  McCain was asked about the allegations on ABC’s “This Week.”

“All I can say is that he also deserves the benefit, as every citizen does, of innocence until proven guilty. But I appreciate the support that he gave me in my campaign and always will.”

But The New York Times says the scandal could mean bad news for Mitt Romney.

“Even though Mr. Babeu was a minor figure in the Romney campaign, the accusations came at a less than ideal time. With Arizona and Michigan holding primaries at the end of the month, Mr. Romney is struggling to shore up social conservatives’ support and to fend off Rick Santorum, who is surging after winning contests in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota.”

A writer for Politico says the scandal may seem like an anti-gay issue, but there’s more to the story.

“If Babeu fails to make it to the primary — or through it — some might point to the Republican Party's reputation of being hostile to gays as the reason. But this tale is more complicated than that, and likely has a few more twists and turns to it.”

A blogger for conservative site The Right Sphere agrees, saying the issue here is not Babeu’s sexual orientation.

“The only allegation that I think should even be considered is whether or not Babeu used his position as law enforcement official to make threats against another individual. Nothing else. ...
By allowing the discussion of his sexuality and how he chose to live to even become a part of this discussion, we play right into the hands of those that wish to paint us as intolerant bigots.”


Babeu says he has every intention of continuing his campaign and his term as sheriff.  

 

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