These days it’s extraordinarily difficult for conservative Republicans to suppress their inner self-loathing gay personas. From Roy Ashburn to Larry Craig, rabidly anti-gay Republicans more often live out salacious gay fantasies in secret, while flagrantly sabotaging the lives of openly gay men and women with anti-gay legislation. So, as the Republican party is as xenophobic as they’re anti-gay in their efforts to distract voters from the toilet economy with wedge issues, it’s only natural that they’re not only secretly gay but quite fond of Mexican immigrants as well.
Paul Babeu, a rising star in the Republican party following his virulently anti-immigrant actions, has reportedly stepped down as the co-chair to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in the state of Arizona following the sordid details of his alleged affair with a Mexican man with whom Babeu ostensibly threatened deportation.
“Sheriff Babeu has stepped down from his volunteer position with the campaign so he can focus on the allegations against him,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed in an email to The Huffington Post. “We support his decision.”
During a press conference earlier today, Babeu vehemently denied the account surrounding the affair but did in fact state he was gay.
“I am gay,” saif Babeu, according to a tweet by the Arizona Capitol Times from his speech.
Since the Mitt Romney robot 2.0 simply cannot stop vacillating in his shameless attempts to validate himself as the true “anti-everything-under-the-sun” conservative over Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, the news of a staunch Republican and border security hawk having a gay affair with a Mexican isn’t exactly going to make conservative voters dislike Romney any less. Further, that Arizona’s Republican primary is Feb. 28th makes this story even more potentially damaging.
It seems The Phoenix New-Times leaked the story about the Mexican man, referring to him only his first name, Jose. He told the New-Times that Charlie DeRose, Babeu’s lawyer and campaign manager threatened his deportation if he disclosed the secret relationship, and much like with all of these dirty little Republican gay affairs, there’s an accompanying photo. According to the New-Times, Derose said that Babeu ”never threatened to deport anybody” and that Babeu is “not threatening anybody.”
DeRose on whether this story has any political blowback, according to the Arizona Republic:
This [story] is not going to make a bit of difference” to voters, DeRose told the paper. “My personal life is exactly that,” Babeu added.
So here we go again; yet another severely closeted, anti-gay Republican caught with his underoos down amid a gay sex scandal. It seems Haliburton is going to need a no-bid contract in order to build the GOP a bigger closet.
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