(CNN) - Paul Babeu, the Arizona sheriff accused of threatening to deport a former lover, strongly denied any wrongdoing Monday, suggesting instead he was a victim of a political plot to destroy his reputation as he seeks the Republican nomination for Arizona's 4th Congressional District.
Speaking on CNN's "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer," Babeu said the allegations, which prompted him to step down as co-chair of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's Arizona campaign Saturday, were "embarrassing" but ultimately unfounded.
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"I've never defined myself by other than my service and duty and what we should all be judged on in life," Babeu said. "We've all had relationships as clear as day. Now this is national news, that I've had one where he wanted to harm me. And now this is rolled out, and the timing of this is more than coincidence."
Babeu maintained the accusation he threatened his former boyfriend with deportation was false, saying he only requested the man stop using his political campaign's website and Twitter account to post private information.
"He had a business with websites. He just stole my website and put slanderous information on my websites and how can anybody expect to do business?" Babeu said.
Babeu's former boyfriend, whose attorney requested he be identified as "Jose" as he "continues to live in fear," held a separate interview with CNN. He claimed Babeu threatened him with deportation if he leaked information about their romantic relationship.
Babeu said he didn't have the authority to deport anyone, and that "Jose" was living in the United States legally.
"One, he's legal. He has said that. I've said that. And then, in addition, this whole thing about deportation, we all know I don't have deportation authority," Babeu said.
In dealing with "Jose's" allegations, Babeu said he was remaining honest.
"I'm a single man, never been married. I don't have a fake girlfriend. I was honest. I came out publicly and told the truth completely," Babeu said.
Babeu said he didn't wish his former boyfriend any ill will.
"I wish him and everybody happiness and peace. I'm living my life. I'm pursuing my dreams, and I'm not motivated by negativity," Babeu said.
Babeu resigned from his post on Romney's campaign Saturday after the allegations against him emerged. The decision to step down his alone, Babeu said.
"The Romney campaign, and I don't think anybody, would have a problem with my personal life and who I am," Babeu said. "It doesn't take away from my patriotism or my service and if you asked the candidates, I don't think they would disagree with that. Here, I've called them and said, 'Look, at this time I've got a lot to deal, with and I'd like to step away from the campaign,' and they said, 'Sheriff, we understand if that's your choice. We appreciate your value and your service. Please don't take this as anything, you know, from our end.' "
When asked if he supported gays' right to marry, Babeu used the name of another candidate in explaining his position.
"This is where I go Ron Paul on people," Babeu said. "In terms of the libertarian. I believe in less government at the federal level. They should get out of people's lives."