Sheriff Paul Babeu

American law enforcement officer, politician and MAGA extremist member of the Republican Party who was sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, from January 1, 2009, to January 1, 2017. He was Pinal County's first Republican sheriff. Babeu ran for Arizona's 4th congressional district in the 2012 elections to the United States House of Representatives but withdrew and came out as gay after a personal controversy. He became the Republican nominee for Arizona's 1st congressional district in the 2016 elections after winning the primary on August 30, 2016. He was defeated in the general election by Democrat Tom O'Halleran.

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"Babeu’s downfall began in February 2012, not long after he announced his plans to run for Congress. A New Times story reported that Babeu’s former boyfriend alleged Babeu threatened him with deportation if he didn’t keep their affair secret. Babeu came out as gay after the story was published and said the allegations were false. A couple of months later, he dropped out of the U.S. House contest and ran for re-election as sheriff, winning by a wide margin. An investigation into the scandal by the Arizona Solicitor General’s Office found that Babeu broke no laws."
Jan. 17, 2024
Pinal County Attorney's And Sheriff's Offices Mishandled Distribution Of Funds
Aug. 21, 2018
Arizona Sheriff Denies Misuse Of Money Destined For Jails
Oct. 24, 2017
New Subpoena Issued in Criminal Investigation Of Ex-Sheriff Babeu's Administration Use Of RICO Funds
May, 26, 2017
Babeu Caught With Pants Down…Again?
Mar. 1, 2017
Paul Babeu Remains Sheriff Of Pinal County ... Online
Feb. 2, 2017
A Gay Republican, The Child Abuse He Sanctioned, And The Homophobia Used To Defend Him
"Controversy has consistently followed Babeu through the last decade of his political career."
Sep. 9, 2016
Political Opponents, Other Candidates Blast Sheriff Paul Babeu After PCSO Bans ABC15 Reporter
Mar 10, 2016
Video: Sheriff Paul Babeu Touted Abusive, Inhumane Discipline Of Special Needs Teens At Boarding School
Jan 26, 2016
Paul Babeu's Dark Money Group Is All About...Paul Babeu
Sept. 10, 2015
Crazy/Stupid Republican Of The Day — Paul Babeu
Oct. 20, 2014
Pentagon Demands Return Of Equipment From Arizona Sheriff
"An Arizona sheriff trying to help out cash-strapped public safety agencies—or attempting to curry political favor in an election year—apparently ran afoul of Pentagon rules when he lent out surplus military equipment and supplies starting in 2010."
Sep. 16, 2012
Paul Babeu Falsely Claims He's Always Been Pro-Life In Latest Campaign Video, Old News Articles Detail Flip-Flop On Issue
"Politicians do it all the time -- the classic distorting the truth beyond recognition so long as there is some nugget of truth that remains. Paul Babeu, who is running for a seat in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, isn't wasting time on that anymore."
Apr. 23, 2012
Paul Babeu Touts Gay Rights While LGBT Inmates In His Jail Suffer
Mar. 22, 2012
Paul Babeu's Suspicious Past As School's Headmaster
Mar. 8, 2012
Ex-Boyfriend Files $1 Million Lawsuit Against Sheriff Paul Babeu
Mar. 6, 2012
Hypocrite Sheriff Paul Babeu Now Wants Investigation Of His Ex-Boyfriend After Saying He Wouldn’t Seek Retaliation
Feb. 22, 2012
Paul Babeu's Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff's Attorney Threatened Him With Deportation
Feb. 16, 2012

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