Paul Babeu Turns Distortion of Truth Into an Art Form

It was a breezy recent evening in Florence as Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu walked to the podium in his crisp, dark uniform, which included a Smokey hat replete with a gold star pinned to its front.

Babeu was there to lead a memorial for fallen peace officers from his county, and the bald and blustery orator defined for the crowd outside the Sheriff's Office what he believes defines heroes:

"These men and women are the people that, when everyone else is running in a different direction, [they] are running toward the crisis, helping people, not knowing how it's going to end."

At the end of the ceremony, Babeu was besieged by reporters asking whether he planned to drop out of the race in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, as sources had been suggesting to the media for a couple of days. As he walked away, he said he would not answer "political questions."

About eight hours later, he posted a letter on his congressional campaign website that he was, indeed, dropping out of the race and instead running for re-election as sheriff — after which he submitted to a round of TV and radio interviews with reporters who aren't inclined to ask tough questions.

During those appearances, Babeu cast himself as the hero.

"We've been under attack the last few months," he told a reporter for KTVK Channel 3, referring to various allegations of wrongdoing leveled against him. "But it's nothing new to me. I've run after armed criminals, not knowing how it would end."

Babeu insisted that he ended his congressional campaign to enter the sheriff's race because his handpicked successor, Chief Deputy Steve Henry, decided to drop out. Babeu wants the public to believe that Henry, who hasn't publicly commented on the turn of events, decided to quit his campaign after the federal government — which is investigating Babeu and his top deputies for unlawful politicking on the job — told him he couldn't be chief deputy and run for sheriff at the same time.

What Babeu fails to mention, of course, is that he could've served out his term as a lame-duck sheriff and selflessly allowed his chief deputy to stay in the race.

Despite Babeu's excuses, he had a dismal shot at winning the congressional seat, following New Times' reporting that his gay, Mexican ex-lover said the sheriff had threatened to deport him if he revealed their relationship. Running for sheriff again was Babeu's only play to remain in politics.

Asked on TV, after his big decision, who was to blame for his current political woes, he insisted that he is one of several "Arizona leaders" under attack by President Barack Obama's administration.

He had said the same thing a few weeks earlier when he was still in the throes of the congressional race. Only then, he was more specific, invoking the names of not only Obama, but U.S Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary and former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as scourges on American society.

"I have always stood up nationally to fight these people," he shrieked during the congressional debate in Prescott, "to be a spokesman on behalf of not just my county [but] our state, to bring sanity to [the immigration] issue."

But the "sanity" he has brought as self-anointed "spokesman" for Arizona has been to distort the truth: predicting shootouts between his deputies and drug-cartel members that never took place, claiming "off-the-charts" border violence, when federal crime statistics show a decreasing trend, and misleading the public with assertions that Obama has cut back on border-security resources when the opposite is true.

Babeu boldly claimed in Prescott that his mission — his duty as a sworn officer of the law — has been to "enforce all the laws" (anti-immigrant-speak for going after undocumented car-washers and gardeners with as much gusto as immigrant murderers and drug runners).

It's the same line that he's used many times in whatever race he's run in Arizona, but beneath his layers of convenient "truth" is the actual truth: When Babeu was running for sheriff the first time, he made a point of telling Pinal County residents that he would not enforce immigration laws by going after illegal aliens who come here merely to feed their families.

His war with the Obama administration that he brags about boils down to dozens of appearances on Fox News nationally and on similarly arch-conservative talk shows.

Now tangled in professional and personal scandals, Babeu doesn't enjoy Fox's attention anymore. He's plummeted from national Republican star to morally challenged pariah in his party — which is the real reason he has suddenly opted to run again for sheriff instead of for Congress.

Polls showed that he had no chance of winning the congressional seat, and many believe he will have an uphill battle to win re-election to his current job. Ironically, Henry would've had a much better shot at winning.

Babeu's promising political career began to unravel when New Times reported that Jose Orozco, Babeu's ex-boyfriend, whose immigration status was questionable during their relationship, accused the sheriff and his camp of abuse of power ("Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff's Attorney Threatened Him," February 16).

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Rick Ramsey
Rick Ramsey

for some of us "these people" refer to the queer population you love to love, regardless of color...you love the chorizo and you know it. You clown.

Beefburger
Beefburger

OH! The New Times must have had QUITE the quandry where Paul is concerned. "He is Law Enforcement so we have to tear down THE MAN! But he is GAY and we always defend ANYTHING gay! But he's LAW ENFORCEMENT!!!!" I guess we see now which side New Times is REALLY against.

Ltneverends
Ltneverends

Great news article on ABC 15 news about Sheriff Studdboi abusing his own deputies who speak out about him. You've painted yourself into a corner Studboi. This freak has to go!

Just
Just

Well, just where are the naked picutres?? Must admit, curious to see what that thing looks like and why it seems to give him so much power over so many churls!

Fredster
Fredster

Chris, great response!! Liberals are only open to their views only and anything else is blasphemy. How dare you pick on someone with such a limited view of the real world. Keep up the good work!

Chris Hansel
Chris Hansel

So what is your point liberal chick, you don't like conservatives, even if they are Log Cabin types? Bet you haven't been in the 4th district one day in your life. If you had you would know he had a shot to knock off Gosar, who is liked by no one. Would you like me to roll off the thousands of crooked, so called liberal, Dems/union/thugs/underworld characters who have darkened the Democratic party in the last 100 years? No, I didn't think so.Your article is a piece of classic yellow journalism. But I'm not telling you something you didn't already know. Next time grow up, and write both sides of the story.

Greg
Greg

This is OLD NEWS for God's sake.....give it up Yahoo!

rotorhead1871
rotorhead1871

the guy is a grandiose mistake....pinal county needs to wake up...

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

This latest story out of Arizona Repblican ought to wake up them fiscal conservatives a bit, their messiah's they sent to DC are in top 10 biggest spenders of unsolicited mail which if one believes the hints in this article are nothing but disquised political advertisements!
http://www.azcentral.com/news/...

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

One knows your in trouble when even a right wing propaganda machine like fox & friends reports your activities in a unpleasant light! Babeu apparently has violated a pentagon rule on giving away his donated military surplus equipment, he might be headed for a federal prison instead of arresting folks in his future!
http://www.foxnews.com/politic...

mira21
mira21

Comes November, Babeau and his mentor Arpaio will be joining the unemployment line. Let us have patience!

Calculating
Calculating

Baboob twisting the truth. Just what you would expect from a butt-banger.

Greg
Greg

This stupid story has been running for days. Give it up....if he was a Liberal all would be fine but he is a Conservative so let's crusify him! SAD SAD SAD

Bobby
Bobby

Wow!!, is that John, "AMERICANS WOULDN'T PICK LETTUCE FOR FIFTY DOLLARS AND HOUR, " Mclame, standing next to sheriff fruit?

AZBIGKEV
AZBIGKEV

Patriot, people like you are really scary, can you even read ? This is a story from Phoenix New Times, not yahoo. As a lifelong Republican with past relationships on the national level, please do not help us. Your either lack of education or inability to process actual facts does the party more damage than anything else. Sometimes in a race you get a bad horse. You don't continue to blindly carry on with them, you get a new, better one and continue the race to better your agenda. Jump in the game properly, or stay away, because swimming upstream like you are only hurts us as a whole.

Patriot
Patriot

Typical Yahoo News story!!!!! Biased and spun the only way a Liberal can with distortions of truth. Pot calling the kettle black if you ask me.

DNichols
DNichols

Thank you for your Honesty, and Courage Lucy.

America has too many corrupt Leaders , we must change for our Nations sake.

One Bad egg at a time.

I think you should write a book?

To: Liberty.

Avenger
Avenger

Just as Obama can be a total Ass, and we can't say anything because it makes us Racist, Paul is not a Lieing, Two faced Dick, because he is gay, and that would not be {Politacally correct! Got it!

Babeu
Babeu

When Paul moved to AZ, he changed his total appearance. I was shocked when I went to AZ for a visit in 2005. Paul was completely bald, and had a huge tribal tattoo that covered his entire back and it came down both his arms half way. Paul always loved his body, so I was surprised that he had covered it with a tattoo. It was odd for his character, something had changed in him. I know when we were growing up he would borrow my make-up and hairspray and always be in front of the big mirror we had in the main hallway outside the bedrooms. But, the tattoo had totally thrown me. Nothing is wrong with Tattoo's, but, for Paul, it was odd because he always wanted his body to be perfect. Paul would constantly work-out at the Holiday Inn were I went to lift weights. But, towards the end, before he moved, the work-out place became a place for him to meet younger men. I was very shocked how quickly he was gone when he would meet a young male.
In AZ, he started to go on White Supremists shows, and then he denied that he did not know that. But, it was proven by the radio shows that Paul knew, by several phone calls with them. Paul was so full of anger after he left North Adams, he was a totally different person. Blaming the local newspaper for his loss for his bid for Mayor against Barrett. All the Transcript did was print the truth how Paul was not paying all his taxes, water bills etc on all the houses that were in his name. Paul can never except responsibility for what he does. The bills were his to pay, not the local papers. No matter what issue you bring up with Paul, you better bring up what makes him look good or you will bring out the anger in him. Don't be afraid of that, he is just like his dad in that way. Give it right back to him. There is nothing he can do to you when you are speaking the truth. Let Paul threaten you all he wants. He does it all the time. Paul will be in trouble for all of this and his threatening ways. Just keep telling the truth, because Paul is dillussional and reality he runs away from. Lucy Babeu

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Babeu's skin head hair cut tells much, now if he is balding one can say he sports this hair style to cover up a embarrassing loss of hair, but if not he is sporting a classic skin head hair cut, of course many will say its his post military style, I cut my hair short but I do not shave it, in fact in the US marines they cut it GI style but they don't shave it! Either he is trying to appeal to the skin heads or is secretly like them much as he has been hiding his sexuallity in the GOP as a member of the Log Cabin republicans who hide in closets in day, and at night put on their pink undies and let that excessive sugar in their blood run wild!

Rvhobo1954
Rvhobo1954

Arizona has long been a magnet for social misfits, ne'r to do wells from all over America! JT Ready the Neo-Nazi was not native to Arizona, much as Timothy McVeigh and his pal having a bunker in Mohave county Arizona he came to this state to plan/plot the worst homegrown terrorism pre-911, had folks not been fooled by his movement here and been reporting him and his suspicious actiivities to law enforcment just maybe 165 men, women & children might be alive today who died in his act of terrorism in Oklahoma City Bombing! Many do not know the 9 who were arrested in the failed plot in Texas to bomb a federal court house {racist/white supremacists} were connected to McVeigh, one of these social misfits/ne'r to do wells today does right wing talk hate radio right in Arizona! Now can we stop them from moving here, no if we tried we would become the very evil they are, but imagine had someone done a search of JT Ready's home found his illegal weapons cache/bomb making material he would be in federal prison avoiding being big bubba's girlfriend and his victims would be alive today! I advise anyone who likes reading commentary news sites to visit the Kingman Daily miner, Mohave county and just read the hate speech being spewed there, a band of white supremacists exists here in Mohave county, does anyone believe the wounded child killer now on death row Bush with his minute man/female commander came to Mohave county where he was arrested sought aide and comfort for his wounds was a mere coincidence? These folks neighbors ought to report them daily, 24/7....these misfits come here due to the anonymous nature of desert life, but one can simply sit by and ignore evil or not choice is yours!

Avenger
Avenger

Hey Paul, found another
You do not lament the loss of hair of one who has been beheaded.
Joseph stalin

Avenger
Avenger

Hey Paul, someone is on to you??

"In order to become the master,
the politician poses as the servant."
-- Charles de Gaulle
(1890-1970) French president and military leader

Babeu
Babeu

JJ,
Are you actually telling us that it is true that Paul dropped out of the Congressional race because he is gay? I know Paul did not say that and either did this story. You need to get Paul's story right if you are going to stick up for him. Paul said he would not have a voice in Congress and he made a promise to the people as Sheriff to stay and make a difference. WOW, Paul, never said nothing about him being gay except that he was for gay marriage and that he was single. This story is about him being a liar, and a liar and a liar and a liar. I think if you are going to advocate for Paul, you better get his story right. Paul has enough lies going around, he does not need you making it worse. As you put ( I know it will be hard for you) I think you are fantasizing what you want to say to Paul. Good luck, he takes anyone. But, remember, he will toss you aside. Lucy Babeu

TheBigHoover
TheBigHoover

Yep and all ya gotta do is meet him at any local park bathroom in Penisnal county

Babeu
Babeu

Newdem, I agree with totally that Paul is a security risk. Sorry, that your name appeared above mine when I made a comment, but, something is wrong with disqus when I make a comment. Homeland security does not want him at the meetings because he leaks information out. Have a nice day. Lucy Babeu

m
m

Better think twice before you vote for any of the other candidates! Babeu has my Vote! No one is perfect, but he is a perfect leader!

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

You finally figured it out? The Phoenix New Times is against the liars, the cheats and thieves in government, law enforcement and general society.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

Try looking on New Times website under "Babeu Revealed." It's under Special Reports when you click on news at the top of the site.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

What a fucking moron you are! Did you read the goddamn story, fool? it says why gosar is ahead in the story. the polls show it. polls, no doubt commissioned, by the gop that you love so dearly. There is no "other side" to the story; Babeu is a lying sack of shit, and the story proves it. And if you'd read the piece, you would have known that Monica Alonzo has beenin Penile County plenty. Several scenes in the story reflect that. You should lie down in the 51 freeway abourt 5 p.m.; you're too stupid and to live.

Church Lady
Church Lady

Chris, the other side of the story is your hero is unfit to serve in a position of trust. Babeu has demonstrated repeatedly he lacks good judgement. Babeu is not a log cabin type, he is an opportunist with an agenda.

You're upset because you invested your heart and soul to Babeu as if he was the chose one. You are weak minded. Babeu will end up in jail for his preference of young boys.

John
John

Short and true, best comment yet :)

John
John

So, he not only sucks but blows as well! What an asshole....

Lostcause
Lostcause

Greg, you sound like a potential butt-buddy for Sheriff Studboi...or at least a
gay handjobber pal in the parking lot. He needs the support of men like you.

Babeu
Babeu

Greg,
Sorry, but no one has to listen to you and give it up. Give that message to Sheriff Paul, it is sad that he cannot tell the truth, and it has nothing to do with liberal or Conservative
Paul is the most corrupt Sheriff, and he is the biggiest liar and liar around. This story will be on here forever, too bad for Paul and you. So, if you tell Paul to give it up, he might think you mean something else. So, you better watch yourself. Crusify him? Is he calling himself Jesus now or God? His father does that all the time. Praise the Lord!
I am sure Ray Babeu will pray for you both. Lucy Babeu

AZBIGKEV
AZBIGKEV

Patriot, I am sorry for my unkind comments. I see you are from Queen Creek. If you get a divorce out there are you still brother and sister ?

AZBIGKEV
AZBIGKEV

Patriot, people like you are really scary, can you even read ? This is a story from Phoenix New Times, not yahoo. As a lifelong Republican with past relationships on the national level, please do not help us. Your either lack of education or inability to process actual facts does the party more damage than anything else. Sometimes in a race you get a bad horse. You don't continue to blindly carry on with them, you get a new, better one and continue the race to better your agenda. Jump in the game properly, or stay away, because swimming upstream like you are only hurts us as a whole.

Babeu
Babeu

Patriot,
No one ask you, and you do not know if people on here are liberal or not. What did you do take a poll? That is your distortions of the truth. Paul has a hard time facing reality like you. I am sorry the truth hurts. But what you can do is loan Paul some money and see if he gives you it back. Then will see who is telling the truth. Paul will say he does not remember. You did not grow up with this person and live with him. So, I would reserve your biased and spun believes until you meet John his brother the rapist. I don't think you would ever think twice about voting for Paul again. . And, by the way, I am not a liberal , the way you portray it. Have a nice night. Lucy Babeu

Stephanie Lynn Keefe
Stephanie Lynn Keefe

DNichols,
I'm actually corroborating with Lucy on a pretty daily basis as well as trying to reach a few other people. A book is in order here. However, for me personally I'm so overwhelmed with the information I have received with Lucy (well, maybe not overwhelmed...more like horrified and sad) that I'm not sure where I'd begin.
Lucy is doing a phenomenal job spreading awareness and yes, it most certainly does take courage...as well as tons of energy (having to relive it all). For shame.
P.S. I am completely on Lucy's side as I could hear in her voice the pain and struggles she continues to endure. I am a believer in Lucy.

Babeu
Babeu

DNichols,
I appreciate your very nice comments. I only tell the truth. Paul is so afraid to tell the truth because then he would have to face what happened to him in our family and how he never got help with all the sexual abuse. Paul went along with our rapist brother's and then started acting out himself. It is really a sad story how I tried to help the whole family and then they all threatened me if I exposed the family secrets. Paul is no victims advocate. Paul thinks he is in control, when actually he is out of control. He will pay the price for what he has done. Thanks again DNichols and Best regards, Lucy Babeu

Newdem
Newdem

Thanks Lucy, for your courage to stand and tell the truth in the face of false accusations from Sheriff Studboi. Keep up the good work and have a great day!

David Thompson
David Thompson

Paul Babeu already gave Law Enforcement Sensitive information to the Media placing the under cover officer in imminent danger.
So why would they want him at any meeting that would involve security of this Nation?
You do not bring a blabber mouth to a security meeting.

ltc444
ltc444

Perfect leader so was Joe stalin, and Adolph Hilter. They were excellent leaders but they were Thugs, liars and murders. Babeu will not join that elite if the electorate. defangs him now.

BleenGloob
BleenGloob

Do you have meetings with BooBoo in the local park bathrooms and discuss the weather and enjoy the blowing breezes?

Babeu
Babeu

m, No one needs to think twice when it cums to Paul Babeu. You contradict yourself about saying no one is perfect, but Paul is a perfect leader. You are as dillusional as Paul is, that is something Paul would say about himself. Paul can never face reality. No one is perfect and there is no perfect leader. But, Paul cannot even admit one thing he has even done is wrong. Go give Paul a big kiss and vote for him, he won't remember you afterwards. But, there is no thinking involved when is cums to Paul, he is the most corrupt Sheriff that does not deserve anyone's vote. Why don't you pay off all the money he owes at the Sheriff office for the taxpayers and maybe someone might agree with you. Lucy Babeu

Newdem
Newdem

M, It's Sheeple like you that give our dillusional Sheriff Studboi hope. Babeu is a security risk who has lost the respect of his deputies and his constituents.
We Pinal County voters want this creepy embarassment we have as Sheriff GONE!

Babeu
Babeu

Newdem,
I appreciate your kind words. Paul has been so nasty to me, he has gone to great lengths to shut me up. There is so much the people do not even know yet as to what he did to me. Beside the false accusations and the slanderous lies, which he did only to hide abusing the DeSisto abuse, and to covering for all the rapist brother's in my family and the incest that went on in the family, the worst part,was using my boy's to lie. Paul did this so he could further his career in politics and take them away from me. Paul will pay the price for this. All the family secrets will come out. I cannot even talk to my mother on the phone per orders of Paul to my father. Paul's day will come and he will regret ever slandering my name, because the truth always wins. Thanks again for you nice words. Best regards, Lucy Babeu

 
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