Arizona sheriff Paul Babeu, a onetime GOP candidate for the House of Representatives and a point man for Mitt Romney’s campaign in the Grand Canyon State—has been cleared of allegations he threatened an ex-boyfriend with deportation if he discussed their clandestine relationship with anyone.
Babeu was in the closet when Jose Orozco, a Mexican immigrant residing illegally in the U.S. on a lapsed visa, claimed he the sheriff and his lawyer threatened him after he refused to sign a confidentiality agreement about their affair. worked as Orozco had met Babeu when he worked as a campaign volunteer from 2008 to 2011.
Though Babeu dropped his bid for the House after the accusations surfaced, he says they were “a failed attempt to destroy” his political career. “I want the media and my political opponents to know; my name has been cleared, I shall not be silenced by your slander,” he said.
Of course this doesn’t answer questions about Babeu’s relationship with a 17-year-old when he was headmaster at a private academy in the early 2000s. But maybe it’s in the nature of Gay Republicans to make bad decisions?