Arizona sheriff comes out

Sheriff forced to come out of the closet

Arizona sheriff comes out
19 February 2012

It hasn't been a good couple of days for Mitt Romney supporter Sheriff Paul Babeu. The Arizona lawman held a press conference yesterday where he came out, and denied charges he threatened to deport a former boyfriend.

'I'm here to say that all these allegations that were in one of these newspapers are absolutely, completely false, except for the issues that refer to me as being gay. Because that's the truth: I am gay,' the Republican said yesterday as reported by the Arizona Republic.

On Friday the Phoenix New Times had a story where an ex-lover, identified as Jose, accused the up and coming political star with asking him to sign an agreement not to publicly discuss their relationship. When the offer was refused Babeu, and his lawyer, allegedly threatened Jose with deportation.

The New Times article also included an  Adam4Adam ad, with photo, the sheriff posted. Babeu acknowledged the picture is of him.

The former lover's legal team said he was a Babeu campaign volunteer from approximately 2008 until late 2011.

'Jose continues to live in fear, and is currently in the process of moving again,' the law firm representing Jose said in a  statement. 'Therefore, he is not available to speak with the media at this time.'

Babeu, who is running for a House of Representatives seat, broke his association with the Romney campaign. The 43-year-old sheriff introduced the presidential hopeful at an Arizona rally in December. Former Vice-President Dan Qualye attended that same event.

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