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Democrats use 'attack ad' against Ariz. openly gay Republican sheriff

Arizona Sherrif Paul Babeu
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Some are accusing the Democratic Party, an organization which prides itself on being LGBT inclusive, for sensationalizing one openly gay Arizona Sheriff’s alleged misconduct at a school for boys.

Pinal County, Ariz. Sheriff Paul Babeu is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but is finding it hard to traverse some apparent mud-slinging from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) , who have funded an ad against Babeu (see below), using buzz words such as “sexual abuse” and “dangerous practices,” referring to the boarding school controversy. 

The ad ends by saying, “We can’t trust him with our kids.”

Some are claiming that the DCCC purports to be LGBT inclusive, but has reduced itself to under-handed political media tactics with the commercial.

The Horn News reports that 15-years ago, Babeu was the Headmaster at a boarding school for boys in Massachusetts.

Many rumors and accusations circulated about his time there, some alleged there was sexual and physical abuse going on, all of which Babeu denied he had any knowledge of. 

However, an undercover video, being used as the basis for the current DCCC ad, surfaced of Babeu in which he seems to admit to using extreme forms of discipline.

During that time it was also alleged that Babeu entered into a relationship with 17-year-old student Joshua Geyer, but Geyer later said in a letter, he didn't have "any inappropriate sexual relationship with Paul Babeu."

Horn News also says that these allegations were "thoroughly debunked."

Fast-forward to 2012 when the conservative Arizona press began to run stories on the then still-closeted Babeu and his relationship with an undocumented immigrant named Jose Orozco which further complicated Babeu’s bid to take a seat in Congress.

The story alleged that Babeu threatened to deport Orozco if he made mention of their relationship, this may have forced Babeu to come out publicly on February 18, 2012. 

Babeu was eventually exonerated of the allegations, however the damage had been done and he stepped out of the running, instead being re-elected by a large margin as Pinal County Sheriff.

Now Babeu is running for Arizona’s 1st Congressional district, re-igniting the past controversy by way of television ads; not by Republicans, but Democrats.

The President of the Log Cabin Republicans, Gregory T. Angelo says he is appalled at the Democratic Party’s use of the TV spot.

“Attack ads don’t get more homophobic than this,” said Angelo, “Not only is this commercial factually inaccurate, but it shows just how low the DCCC is willing to go to stop a gay Republican from being elected to Congress. Democrats love to say they support the LGBT community — unless you’re a gay Republican, in which case floating the specter of gays as child predators and deviants is fair game.”