Oops! Here we go again…
Rising Republican star and well-known border hawk Sheriff Paul Babeu, who’s now running for Congress in Arizona, was hit Friday night with bombshell accusations from a Mexican immigrant who said he dated the sheriff for years and was threatened with deportation if he ever told anyone about their romance.
The Phoenix New Times newspaper broke the story on its website in a piece written by veteran journalist Monica Alonzo. The accusations came complete with text messages said to be between the two men as well as compromising photos purportedly of Babeu that are reminiscent of recent sex scandals that ended the careers of Congressmen Anthony Weiner and Chris Lee.
When Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu first emerged on the national stage, it was as the clean-cut, youthful, more mediagenic edition of race-baiting mean daddy Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. If Sheriff Joe is the KKK, Paul represents CCC — the softer side of fascism.
Babeu was being groomed for GOP stardom, and has been a frequent guest on FoxNews hyping the Fast and the Furious case to the heavens, and is a Mitt Romney backer.
Here’s Sheriff Paul on a romantic desert stroll with another of the stern daddies whose approval he so desperately seeks:
Now, I’m not going to sit here and say, Told ya so! Told ya so!, but from the moment I first laid eyes on him, I got a definite Victor Fehrenbach vibe.
The part that sticks in the craw is Babeu’s non-denial denial.
In an interview late Friday with the Arizona Republic, Babeu declined to discuss whether he had a romantic relationship with Jose. But he acknowledged knowing him and denied the accusations that he ever threatened him.
“That never happened,” Babeu said, according to the newspaper. The rest, he said, he was going to keep to himself. “My personal life is exactly that.”
Yep, that’s right, Paul. Your personal life is private. You are entitled to a sphere of privacy around your relationships outside of work because of your privilege as a white male native-born American Republican.
It’s only immigrants, and women, and people of color who are not entitled to the same respect of privacy, self-determination, and autonomy in the authoritarian structures the GOP is trying so hard to defend against the onslaught of modernity.
Oh, and the Gheys.
Paul, there is a a giant bus wrapped with flag images and the smiling face of Mitt Romney headed for you at 100 mph. Enjoy your view of its undercarriage as you are thrown under it!
And if you’re looking for a place where you and your special guy can be together, I hear Brazil is lovely.