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Paul Babeu's Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff's Attorney Threatened Him With Deportation

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By Monica Alonzo Thursday, Feb 16 2012

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration — threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship, the former boyfriend and his lawyer tell New Times.

The latest of the alleged threats were made through Babeu's personal attorney, who's also running the sheriff's campaign for Congress in District 4, the ex-lover says.

He says lawyer Chris DeRose demanded he sign an agreement that he would never breathe a word about the affair. But Jose (New Times is withholding his last name because Babeu and his attorney have challenged his legal status) refused.

The 34-year-old from central Mexico charges that the sheriff's lawyer warned against mentioning the affair with Babeu. DeRose said gossip about Babeu would focus attention on Jose, attention that could result in his deportation, Jose says.

Melissa Weiss-Riner, Jose's attorney, confirms her client's account.

She says she spoke directly to the sheriff's lawyer, DeRose, about the Babeu camp's threats that Jose could be deported if he "revealed the relationship." She says DeRose falsely claimed that Jose's visa had expired.

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2 Comments in Response to

Comment by Ed Vallejo
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What stood out for me was the fact that none of this was on the Public Radar until HE DECLARED INTENTIONS TOWARDS A SENATE SEAT. 

Comment by Ernest Hancock
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Now you know why I say,... "Nothing Surprises me any more".

I remember just a couple of months ago some of us erected a booth at a "uniTEA PARTY" event near Casa Grande where Babeu was chastizing Arizona voters for not retaining Russell Pearce in his Recall election and how tough he is on Illegal Immigration etc. The crowd of hundreds was an average age of well over 60-70 and overwhelmingly in support of Herman Cain on that day.

Looks like they were able to overcome the racial issue... let's see if they can overcome the sexual orientation issue... with a questionably documented Mexican man.

Seriously... how can you even make this stuff up? :)