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.”