Arizona sheriff quits congressional race
May 11th, 2012
08:13 AM ET
6 years ago

Arizona sheriff quits congressional race

(CNN) - The Arizona sheriff who resigned his role on Mitt Romney's campaign amid scandal earlier this year announced Friday he has decided to end his congressional campaign.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who was running for a House seat in the state's 4th Congressional District, said he's suspending his bid in order to run for re-election as sheriff.

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"I thank all my friends and supporters for their help and loyal support. I ask that you understand my promise to those I serve in Pinal County," Babeu said in a letter to supporters posted on his website early Friday morning.

Babeu faced a fiery controversy in February after sharply denying allegations that he had threatened to deport a former boyfriend. At the time, Babeu was serving as co-chair of Romney's Arizona campaign but resigned as the story over the accusations went national.

The Arizona sheriff has been known as a rising GOP star in recent years, appearing alongside Sen. John McCain in the senator's 2010 re-election campaign.

Babeu was challenging incumbent Rep. Paul Gosar in this cycle's Republican primary, scheduled to take place on August 28. State Sen. Ron Gould is also a contender in the race.

According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, however, Babeu was behind in fundraising compared to Gosar, bringing in a little more than $400,000 compared to Gosar at just under $700,000, as of the end of March.

In his letter to supporters Friday, Babeu argued he would maintain a stronger degree of influence as sheriff rather than congressman.

"Many Pinal residents have asked me to stay as their Sheriff and continue this fight," Babeu said. "Many worried that my voice and impact would be lost if elected as one of 435 members of Congress."

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. W.G.

    He´s a creep I hope he doesn´t get reelected . it´s about time that Mexican Americans started taking back their country
    Started voting for their own !

    May 11, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Sal in NC

    Another Gay Republican hypocrite "flames" out!

    May 11, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. HenryMiller

    Where do Arizona sheriffs get their uniforms? Surplus from the Navy?

    May 11, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. Tom-n-NoVA

    Does the description, "Storm Trooper" come to anyone else's mind?

    May 11, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Papers please.

    May 11, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. NVa Native

    "Babeu argued he would maintain a stronger degree of influence as sheriff rather than congressman."
    That is a remarkable statement from someone who is sworn to enforce all laws for all of the citizens without any personal or political influence about the same laws.

    May 11, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. NVa Native

    But of course the rightists feel laws are to keep others in line and don’t “really” apply to them. The GOP adore activist judges like Scalia, Alito, and Thomas, along with a cadre of radical law-men, only so long as they are “on their side”.

    May 11, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Scott

    I don't think I've ever seen as many news stories about a states' sheriffs as I have with Arizona. Seriously, what the hell are they putting in the drinking water over there?

    May 11, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Larry L

    The minute he was outed he was hosed in Arizona – the SW version of West Virginia.

    May 11, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Jolly

    Arizona sheriff quits congressional race!!! free to join the rest like him in the Obama sinking ship!!

    May 11, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Arizona sheriff quits congressional race!!! free to join the rest like him in the Rmoney sinking ship!!

    There. FIFY.

    May 11, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. DewyB

    Hey Jolly, the Guy is a gay republican... he's one of the guys trying to sink Obama's ship while he tosses them life preservers.

    May 11, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Dan

    Hey DewyB....Obama doesn't need help sinking his ship. He does a fine job of that all by himself. Well, with the help of Biden and others in the Obama administration of course.

    May 11, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Hypocracy. All normal in the GOP

    May 11, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Tony

    Hey, Dan. The ship called America was already half sinking when Obama took office. I like when some people have selective memory.

    May 11, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. ron arizona

    I moved here 5 years ago. FOLKS, let me tell you theyr"e certified NUTS that control this Republican state. Things are starting to change here little by little. Example Surprise Az. was Republican.mayor.NOW DEMOCRAT. Phoenix.was Repulican mayor NOW DEMOCRAT Tucyson was Republican NOW DEMOCRAT.MAYOR. Arpio under indicement from JUSTICE DEPT. PEARCE RECALLED BABEU DROPS OUT OF U.S. SENATE RACE FROM AZ. For you TEA BAGGERS who tell me to move if i dont like it in AZ.Its NOT the state thats the problep here its the crazies that run this state.

    May 11, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If the State of Arizona had done a required 20 year background check on this guy they would have found he was unfit to wear a law enforcement uniform, but no they didn't because he fit the "profile" of what they didn't want.

    May 11, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Cacique

    WGy ou couldn't organize a kegger let lone take back anything. All you can accomplish is destruction and sucking all beauty and joy from this country.

    May 11, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |