DESERT HEAT

AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu Might Have Gotten Into Bed With Dem. Rep. Matt Heinz (Literally)

The plot is thickening in the scandale surrounding Arizona sheriff—and Mitt Romney’s former state co-chair—Paul Babeu (above), as information surfaces about a threeway with a Democratic politico and his boyfriend (complete with a political payoff) and Babeu turns the tables on his Latin ex, Jose Orozco.

According to the Phoenix New Times, Babeu may have had a sexy sleepover with hunky gay Arizona State Rep. Matt Heinz (right) and Heinz’s boyfriend. (Heinz is planning to run for Gabrielle Giffords’ congressional seat.)

Openly gay Tucson state Representative Matt Heinz was one of two Democratic lawmakers who broke ranks with the party in March 2011 and voted to give Babeu $5 million to combat border violence. Other lawmakers opposed the measure, in part, because Babeu’s county is at least 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. The measure finally was pared down to $1.7 million and passed by the Legislature.

About a week after Heinz’s nod to Babeu, the sheriff spent the night at Heinz’s home, text messages that Orozco shared with New Times show.

“I’m at Mat [sic] Heinz and his boyfriend for dinner & ice cream…we are going out to bar and…to their house. [Am] staying over,” Babeu texted to Orozco at 1:04 a.m. last April 2.

Even if Babeu didn’t literally blow his way to a million-dollar payout, his relationship with Heinz doesn’t look good.

Trying to take the initiative, Babeu, the top cop in Arizona’s Pinal County, called yesterday for an investigation into claims made by Orozco, who says Babeu threatened deportation if he didn’t sign a agreement agreeing to never speak about their relationship.

The D.A.’s office has agreed to investigate, reports the Arizona Republic

Pinal County Attorney James P. Walsh said Tuesday that the matter will go before the southern subcommittee of the Public Integrity Task Force, a little-used team formed by the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council in 1992 to handle cases when local prosecutors had a conflict or wanted to avoid the perception of one. The chairwoman of the subcommittee has agreed to take the case, though no time frame has been set.

What’s the next chapter in My Big Fat Gay Arizona Affair? We smell a hot desert orgy coming on.

Image via CNN, Sheriff Paul, Arizona State Legislature