The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Ariz sheriff says he’s gay AFTER misconduct claims” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/ariz-sheriff-says-hes-gay-misconduct-claims-210811315.html).
“A nationally known sheriff resigned from presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s Arizona committee and acknowledged he was gay AMID ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT made by a man with whom he previously had a relationship. But Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu vowed Saturday (February 18, 2012) to continue his bid for the GOP nomination in Arizona’s rural 4th Congressional District race”, a seat currently held by INCUMBENT Ed Pastor, who has been in the House between 1991 and 2003 (as a Member of the US House of Representatives from Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District) and since 2003 (as a Member of the US House of Representatives from Arizona’s 4th Congressional District). “He denied claims he tried to threaten the man, a MEXICAN immigrant and a former campaign volunteer, with deportation if their past relationship was made public“. This is EXTREMELY problematic because as we know, the disgraceful JAN BREWER threatened to deport ANYONE who LOOKED LIKE a Mexican, which, of course, is blatantly racist. Of course, this other man ISN’T a saint either.
“Babeu, a first-term sheriff who has gained widespread attention with his strong opposition to illegal immigration and smuggling, said the accusations were AN ATTEMPT TO (?) HURT HIS POLITICAL CAREER“. Sexual misconduct WILL DEFINITELY “hurt (ANYONE’S) political career”.
“Babeu told reporters during an hour-long press conference Saturday (February 18, 2012) in front of his sheriff’s office” “This whole RUMOR, this whole idea of who I am in my private life HAS BEEN SHOPPED AROUND“. COME ON. That’s what they all say. What else you got? “This was a way, THE HOOK, of how this could be brought out and to MALIGN and ATTACK a sheriff who DOES stand for conservative principals, who DOES enforce the law“. These are the latest ASSERTIONS.
“The man’s lawyer, Melissa Weiss-Riner, released a statement Saturday (February 18, 2012) saying (that) the man retained her firm’s services because he was contacted by Babeu’s attorney and “FELT INTIMIDATED. Jose continues to LIVE IN FEAR, and is currently in the process of moving again“. THERE’S TOO MUCH “fear” going around these days. “Therefore, he is not available to speak with the media at this time“. IS ANYONE EVER “available to speak to the media?”
“Babeu issued a SWEEPING denial of any wrongdoing in front of his headquarters”. Of course. When was the last time anyone involved in sexual misconduct admitted to it…WILLINGLY? “I’m here to say that all the allegations that were in the story were UNTRUE — except for the instance that refers to me as gay. THAT’S THE TRUTH – I AM GAY” and that’s NOT good, especially for REPUBLICANS, who are supposed to be CONSERVATIVE.
“Babeu is taking on an INCUMBENT TEA PARTY Republican WHO SWITCHED DISTRICTS, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar and state Sen. Ron Gould, a conservative from northwestern Arizona, in August 4th District primary”. Given that a significant proportion of people DISLIKE President Obama and there’s a Tea Partier in the Senate ( RAND PAUL) along with numerous Tea Partiers in the House, what are the chances that Baben is trying to unseat an “incumbent Tea (Partier)” especially considering the fact that he’s now revealed that he is gay and most Republicans AREN’T gay?
“Gould said he believed Babeu’s posting of pictures on what the lawmaker called a “homosexual hookup website” were a “Congressman Weiner type of moment“, which, as we know, IS NOT good, because as we know, FORMER Congressman Weiner SENT PICTURES OF HIS CROTCH TO WOMEN, which is clearly OBSCENE. “The real issue here is the POOR JUDGMENT of a government official, posting those kinds of photos on a PUBLIC website. I think that shows A LACK OF GOOD JUDGMENT“. “poor judgment” and “a lack of good judgment” ARE INDEED SERIOUS PROBLEMS.
“in a statement that noted the location of the press conference and the large gathering of uniformed sheriff’s personnel at the event”, Gosar said: “This is about AN ABUSE OF POWER, A MISUSE OF PUBLIC TRUST, BAD JUDGMENT and the continued use of official resources for PERSONALand POLITICAL gain“. That’s a VERY BAD combination. POLITICIANS ALWAYS “use…official resources for personal and political gain”.
Finally, “Babeu said he has never defined himself based on his ethnicity or sexual orientation, and he would continue to focus on unemployment and the federal deficit in his campaign”. “What I’m trying to do is (be) as FORTHRIGHT as possible, talking about deeply personal, private matters, and trying to be UPFRONT“. “forthright” and “upfront” are two more examples of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI), which we know is EXTREMELY problematic. “The disclosure of that information is something that I feel NO American should have to do“. Unfortunately this is a “hot button” topic that won’t go away. Also, this DOESN’T change the fact that MOST of us AREN’T LGBT. Most of us are still CONSERVATIVE when it comes to love. In other words, most of us are HETEROsexual and marriage is still STRICTLY defined as a union between a MAN and a WOMAN. So the fact that Paul Baben is engulfed in a scandal AND the fact that he’s gay in a GOP state certainly WON’T help his political prospects.