"I don't see how any reasonable person cannot think that this is going to hurt him, particularly with the constituency that he has built, which is a very evangelical, right-wing, family oriented conservative constituency." Babeu's acknowledgment that he is gay came after a story in the Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly magazine that quoted a former lover as saying Babeu threatened his immigration status if he revealed their relationship.Babeu denied claims he tried to threaten the man, a former campaign volunteer.Only Lads is a renowned gay and bisexual chat and dating service for men. We have over a million members chatting and dating on our gorgeous apps and our website.
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Babeu denies any wrongdoing, and has vowed to continue his battle for the GOP nomination in an extremely conservative rural congressional district.
He recognizes he is fighting an uphill battle, especially in a state where family values, as defined by a large evangelical Christian and Mormon population, often battle fierce, anti-illegal immigrant beliefs to define conservatism.
(AP foto/The Arizona Republic, Deirdre Hamill) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES (Copyrighted) Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu built a reputation as a rising, conservative star by taking a hardline stance against illegal immigration, attacking the Obama administration and appearing alongside Sen.
John Mc Cain in a 2010 re-election ad in which Mc Cain urged federal officials to just "complete the danged fence." But, on Saturday, Babeu's conservative image took a beating as he was forced to confirm publicly that he is gay and was involved in a relationship with a Mexican immigrant who claims the sheriff threatened to have him deported if he revealed their relationship.
"It obviously has implications for a congressional race.
There's just no question about it," said Bruce Merrill, an Arizona State University political science professor emeritus and a longtime pollster.
He said the accusations were an attempt to hurt his political career.
The legal status of the man, identified only as Jose by the New Times and Babeu, was unclear.
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