Babeu denied that threats had been made against his former boyfriend Jose, yet text messages obtained by Alonzo tell another story. And, significantly, Babeu has not denied that the text messages are legit.
"You can never have [a] business after this," Babeu texted Jose at one point. "And you will harm me and many others in [the] process...including yourself and your family."
In another text, Babeu wrote: "You have crossed the line. Better get an attorney. Your brother will also be contacted."
Congressman Paul Gosar, who is running in the CD 4 race, slammed Babeu for what he called "an abuse of power."
There are federal statutes pertaining to a law enforcement or government official depriving someone of his or her constitutional rights "under the color of law," or of conspiring to "injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States."
But such allegations against Babeu would have to be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has dragged its feet for years in its investigation of abuse of power allegations against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
State Senator Ron Gould, who is vying for the GOP nomination in CD 4 against Babeu and Gosar, hit upon one tack sure to draw blood.
Indeed, though Babeu depicted the naked and near-naked photos of himself revealed by New Times as being "personal and private" between two consenting adults, Babeu had posted a shirtless photo of himself on the gay hookup site adam4adam.com, along with intimate details about his sexual preferences and his anatomy.
Babeu's sexuality aside, these photos, and his stand on gay rights, will be his downfall in conservative CD 4. An independent expenditure committee easily could do a mass-mailing using just one image, and Babeu will be in single digits, if that.
In general, the Republican party is extremely homophobic. And Arizona Republicans are hardly hospitable toward openly gay GOPers.
Which is likely why Babeu wanted to remain closeted on the campaign trail, despite his risky personal behavior. This led to the threats Jose says he received. And the text messages between Babeu and Jose back Jose up.