The sordid sex scandal engulfing Mitt Romney’s recently resigned co-chair, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has gone from personal embarrassment, to political firestorm and today reached the criminal stage with the sheriff calling on some political pals and law enforcement allies, to begin conducting a criminal investigations against his ex-Mexican lover Jose Oroczo.
Not to be outdone by the charismatic Tea Party conservative and candidate for congress, members of the Latino and Gay community have made public their want that Sheriff Babeu face investigation for his abuse of power against Mr. Oroczo. The mutual calls for criminal probes, come on the Eve of CNN hosting a republican primary debate in Mesa Arizona, a staunchly conservative Mormon stronghold.
The facts in the scandal are clear cut and pretty unseemly, the sheriff’s ex-boyfriend claims he was threatened with deportation, after he declined Babeu’s attempt to have him sign a confidentially agreement, prohibiting him from ever telling anyone about their year’s long sexual relationship. Mr. Oroczo provides photo’s and text messages to back up his claims about the love affair and threats, while sheriff Babeu would have the populace believe it’s really Mr. Oroczo who is the bad guy and subjected him to human rights violations, threatened and intimidated, misused public resources, engaged in theft of property, theft of identity, fraud and impersonation.
The charges are outlined in a letter the Sheriff fired off to Gila County sheriff John Armer and Gila prosecutor Daisy Flores which can be viewed here, Babeu a strapping, career solider with combat training, who served in Iraq claims to fear a small statured Mexican National who weighs in at perhaps a hundred pounds soaking wet, well that’s Paul Babeu’s side of the story and he’s sticking to it.
The Sheriff also seems surprised the gay community isn’t rushing to embrace him with a whole lot of love, now that he is out of the closet and proclaiming new found faith for gay rights. A local LGBT advocate remarked that perhaps playing his gay card after “years of supporting politicians,” “who promised if elected, would do all they could,” “to codify discrimination against gay folks in the military and ordinary everyday life for that matter.” is more a desperate double down on a career of blatent hypocrisy, then genuine desire to foster acceptance of gay rights in the GOP.
It’s unclear if questions about the scandal will play a central role in Wednesday’s debate, but Sheriff Paul Babeu’s insistence that the issue will not have much of an effect on his political future, is according to everyone who isn’t on the sheriffs payroll, perhaps the single remaining un-faced truth in Paul Babeu’s closet.