Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is often compared to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for several reasons -- his crusade against illegal immigrants, and love of TV cameras, to name a few.
There's another similarity: dude can raise cash.
Babeu announced last week that he's considering running for Congress. Since his announcement, he's raised more than $127,000.
Babeu announced this morning that his exploratory committee has raked in $127,135 in the two weeks the sheriff has been a potential candidate -- $120,000 of which can be used to fuel a primary campaign.
The Congressional seat Babeu's got his eye on doesn't even exist yet -- it's what would be Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, as it's been proposed by the Congressional Redistricting Committee.
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Congressman David Schweikert currently lives in what would be District Four, but has said he plans to run for a different seat that includes Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. To win the seat he's seeking, however, Schweikert will have to face Congressman Ben Quayle -- who will likely seek the same seat -- in a GOP primary.
Babeu claims there have been calls for him to ditch the idea of running for Congress and run again for sheriff. To that, Babeu says "I hear you. I love this job and I love Pinal County. I do not love Washington."