The Pinal County Democrats aren't happy with Sheriff Paul Babeu's latest rhetoric about pushing for a law making it a crime for federal law enforcement officers to enforce President Barack Obama's proposals to reduce gun violence.
Yeah, he did say that.
Babeu brought it up during an appearance on Fox 10 with Rick D'Amico and Andrea Robinson -- a nearly 10 minute segment in which the two simply nodded in blissful agreement.
It's worth noting (again) that this interview took place on the same day the Reverend Al Sharpton eviscerated Babeu's talking points on national television.
Despite Babeu parading a message about Obama behaving like a king and dictator, and trampling American's constitutional rights with his executive orders on various media outlets during the day, by that evening, Babeu admitted that none of what Obama was proposing actually trampled on anyone's Constitutional rights. And, that since Obama was proposing laws, he wasn't really behaving like a king or dictator.
D'Amico brings up Babeu's plans to "push for legislation which would make it a crime for a federal law enforcement officer to infringe upon the Constitutional rights of the American people."
Babeu, as comfortable on Fox News as a naked baby wrapped in a warm blanket, tells the co-hosts that, of course, he's pushing for that because "last I checked, in Pinal County we arrest people for crimes."
Ha. So clever. But we thought his line was "we enforce the laws."
"So what I'm proposing is, is here in Arizona, like other states have already, enacted measures that makes it a crime for a member of ATF or any federal agent to carry out these Executive Orders of the President in our state," Babeu says. "And that -- what would happen is we would arrest those people."
And just to make sure the moment isn't lost on the nodding co-hosts, Babeu exclaims: "This is serious stuff!"
The trio exchange half a dozen thanks-yous and end the segment there.
Henry Wade, Jr., chairman of the Pinal County Democratic Party said that Babeu's "threat to push for [such] legislation ... is an attempt of an ambitious politician to exploit a tragedy."
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Wade says that Babeu would be violating his "sacred oath as a police officer if he were to carry out the idle threat."
Wade calls it as he sees it -- Babeu trying to rebuild the campaign for Congress he so publicly lost after his former lover accused him of abusing his power, and New Times revealed that Babeu was sending sexually explicit photos of himself to and sexting with anonymous men, and maintained an online profile where he posted his sexual preferences, including his penis size.
"His job is to enforce the law not stand in judgement of the law. That responsibility belongs to the courts," Wade said in a statement. "We call upon Babeu to put his duties as sheriff ahead of his political ambitions for higher office."