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Gay sheriff running for US Congress in feud with sisters who call him ‘unfit to serve’

Gay sheriff running for US Congress in feud with sisters who call him ‘unfit to serve’

Gay sheriff Paul Babeu is running for US Congress again

Paul Babeu, the sheriff in Arizona’s Pinal County, won the Republican nomination this week for a seat in the US House of Representatives again.

But the openly gay lawman has more than his Democratic opponent to contend with this fall. Two of his sisters have publicly denounced him as a candidate.

‘The decisions my brother Paul has made throughout his life are not the makings of someone who represents the values of our congressional district, our state, or our country,’ Lucy Babeu stated in a press release earlier this summer.

Another sister, Veronica Keating, released a statement of her own: ‘Paul thinks only of himself and his political career at the expense of others. He does not care about the people whom elected officials are called to serve. As his siblings, Lucy and I know firsthand how unfit he is to serve. The people of Arizona must know, too.’

In the race for the Phoenix-and Tuscon-area congressional district, Babeu will face former police officer Tom O’Halleran.

Babeu is no stranger to running for office under the cloud of scandal.

He was outed by an ex-boyfriend during his first bid for a congressional seat in 2012 and eventually dropped out.

Babeu was closeted when the ex-boyfriend, long living in the US illegally, alleged that he threatened to have him deported after they split. Babeu denied the allegation, vowed to continue his run for congress, but he did resign from his position as chairman the Mitt Romney’s presidential effort in Arizona.

Babeu was exonerated of any wrongdoing after a federal investigation but he lost a lot of support and eventually dropped out of the congressional race. Instead he ran for another term as sheriff which he had first been elected in 2008.

Babeu said last fall that he could have prevented the scandal had he been open about his sexual orientation in the first place.

H/T: The Washington Post