Identity of Arizona lawman’s ex-boyfriend revealed

Jose Orozco identified publicly and embattled Sheriff Paul Babeu does first in-depth interview

Identity of Arizona lawman’s ex-boyfriend revealed
21 February 2012

The face of Jose Orozco was obscured and his voice altered during an interview he did with CNN this week during which he alleged that his ex-boyfriend, Pinal County Sheriff and Arizona congressional candidate Paul Babeu, had threatened him with deportation after their messy split.

But his face and full name have now been made public by the Arizona television station 3TV. Orozco, 34, is a Mexican national who says he is in the US on a 10-year tourist visa.

Last Friday, Phoenix New Times ran the story in which Orozco accuses Babeu of asking him to sign an agreement not to publicly discuss their relationship. When the offer was refused, he says Babeu, and his lawyer, allegedly threatened him with deportation.

Babeu, who now publicly acknowledges that he is gay, disputes the allegation and has vowed to continue his run for congress. But he did resign over the weekend from his position as chairman the Mitt Romney's presidential effort in Arizona.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Monday (20 Februrary), Babeau said of Orozco: 'I don't wish anyone ill will. … I wish him, I wish everybody, happiness and peace. I'm living my life, I'm pursuing my dreams. I'm not motivated by negativity.'

The lawman also addressed his feelings about his personal life being made public.

'Political consultants told me 'Paul, this could come out.' I said, 'You know what? People have threatened me my whole life. I'm not motivated by negativity and threats. I'm motivated by the positive.'

Here is video of his CNN interview in which he also discusses his views on gay marriage:

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