Paul Babeu Supposedly a Top Pick for Congress -- Is There Any Chance in Hell He Gets Elected?
"Studboi1," also known as Sheriff Paul Babeu.
If you trust a political consultant's poll (don't), then Pinal County Sheriff Paul "studboi1" Babeu is the top Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona's 1st Congressional District.
"In a survey of 349 likely Republican primary voters, 27.3 percent say they would vote to nominate Babeu if the primary were held tomorrow," says the press release from MBQF Consulting. "State House Speaker Andy Tobin trailed a distant second in the poll of potential Republican primary candidates with 5.1 percent."
Babeu dropped his candidacy for Congress in CD 4 last year amid allegations from his ex-boyfriend, a Mexican national, that Babeu's attorney threatened him with deportation.
Babeu hasn't announced that he's running for Congress again in 2014 in CD 1 -- currently occupied by Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick -- but this might be an indication of his intent.
According to the political consultants who made this poll, Babeu's a "formidable candidate."
"He has a proven ability to raise money from a donor base that extends far beyond Arizona's borders, high name ID, and voters appreciate his ongoing efforts against the Mexican drug cartels, against human trafficking, against illegal immigration, and as a leading advocate for job creation and balanced budgets in Pinal County and across Arizona," the press release says.
Here's our question: Is there a chance in hell Babeu ever becomes Congressman Babeu?
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