“It’s Time To Send A True Conservative To Washington, DC”

When you play with the fire of right-wing social issues, and your personal life is full of kindling, then, well, you just might go up in flames:

One of Arizona’s rising Republican stars is facing allegations he threatened to deport a Mexican resident who claims to have been his gay ex-lover.

The Phoenix New Times is reporting that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who has become one of the faces of the anti-illegal immigration fight in Arizona and nationwide, threatened a 34-year-old man identified only as Jose with deportation if he disclosed details of their years-long affair. Jose had previously been asked to sign paperwork that he would never breathe a word about the affair.

Babeu, who is was co-chair of Mitt Romney’s Arizona campaign and is may be running for a U.S. House seat, has said that he supports Romney’s far-right, inflexible stand on immigration because,

he will not give amnesty; they will not be given voting rights; they will not be given citizenship…

No, but apparently “they” will be given a little tender loving care only a closeted gay Republican can provide:

Here’s a peek at Babeu’s campaign website that I think complements the above photo very well:

During a speech at CPAC this year, Sheriff Babeu, a true Obama-hater, said his campaign for Congress would be,

a fight to define the Republican Party. Are we conservatives? Are we gonna use those bold, bright colors…that define us?

Bold, bright colors“? Hmm. I’ll have to think about that one.

In the mean time: During a press conference on Saturday, Sheriff Babeu admitted that he was gay and that he had a relationship with the man identified as “Jose,” although he denied he or anyone connected to him threatened the man with deportation.

He also said this,

We’re gonna complete our four-year term as sheriff with a bang.


In any case, I found this photo on Sheriff Babeu’s website. See if you can find the subliminal message (I cropped it to make it easier for my more conservative readers):

And here is a special photo of the man who would represent the “bold, bright colors” of Republican conservatism in Washington (courtesy of Phoenix New Times):

Perhaps the photogenic conservative meant that instead of completing his “four-year term as sheriff with a bang,” he meant “with a flash.”



  1. The higher the moral pedestal the more hazardous the fall. OMG!


  2. I don’t know this man, but I’m having a little trouble reconciling this self-portrait with the word “conservative” — at least, with what that word used to mean.


  3. One should not take extreme positions when there are so many skeletons in the closet.


  4. ansonburlingame

     /  February 20, 2012

    Well, here I go again, trying to get the point in this blog.

    A sheriff in Arizona is a Republican and opposes illegal immigration. Certainly that is no suprise.

    BUT that Republican is also GAY. Frankly that is a surprise, but so what. Is it wrong for a man or woman to be a Republican and gay at the same time? For sure that is fine with me, as a conservative. He might even break some new ground in the GOP to diminish the “stuff” coming from the religious right that is trying hard to dominate that party and I desperately hope they do NOT succeed in doing so.

    Moving on, the gay, Republican sheriff supports Romney. Sure sounds like a reasonable political alliance to me. I cannot imagine him, the sheriff, supporting Santorum instead!!!

    Then we get to the he said, he said over threats of deportation. At best that is innuendo it seems for now. All rejected lovers have “bones” to pick, so to speak.

    Is it possible, I ask, to be gay and conservative at the same time? YES is my resounding answer. One characteristic is a matter of sexuality the other a matter of politics. But I suppose you liberals disagree with such thoughts, right?



    • It is more than innuendo, Anson. The “rejected lover” sought legal advice. Whether there was an explicit threat tied to covering up the affair remains to be seen.

      I’m sorry you don’t see the irony of someone claiming to be a hard-nosed conservative on illegal immigration having a secret homosexual affair with someone like “Jose.” I don’t think I can’t explain it to you if you don’t get it.



  5. ansonburlingame

     /  February 21, 2012

    The thing I get, Duane, is your attempt to divide and conquer the GOP.

    I suppose that because I hold conservative views on economics, military affairs (generally), social issues, etc. BUT call for FREEDOM for homosexuals to choose their own forms of sexuality confuses you.

    I am a political conservative ONLY. In matters of religion, sexuality, and other personal choices I call only for government to stay out of such matters, from either side of the aisle.

    Frankly, I consider the “revelation” of a Republican sheriff in AZ to be a homosexual man is refreshing and good for the Party as a whole. To show a picture of such a man standing by a phalix (spl?) symbol of a catus is akin to the “fake” picture you portrayed of the two Obama’s dressed to attend a “black party” some months ago.

    I call only for a political debate on policies, not religion or sexuality. But I suppose if Obama was in fact gay or had a gay experience in his life long ago MANY would pile on with vengencance as well.

    Such is the nature of politics in America and it hurts the whole country in being so.



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