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During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Paul Babeu, the Pinal County
sheriff and a Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona accused of
threatening his Mexican ex-boyfriend with deportation, says he's not ashamed
that he's a gay man, but the "embarrassing" allegations made against
him are politically motivated.
Babeu appeared as a guest on CNN's The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer and again stated that the accusation he threatened his former boyfriend with deportation to Mexico is false, adding he only requested that "Jose," as the man's attorney insists he be identified, cease using his political campaign's website and Twitter account to post private information.
"He had a business with websites," Babeu says. "He just stole my website and put slanderous information on my websites and how can anybody expect to do business?"
"I've never defined myself by other than my service and my duty and what we should all be judged on in life," Babeu tells Blitzer. "We've all had relationships as clear as day now that 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."
During the interview Babeu again denies the allegations against him, saying he doesn't have the authority to deport anyone, and that he's aware "Jose" was living in the United States legally.
"One, he's legal," Babeu says. "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 is nationally known for his strong stance on border security,
appearing prominently alongside Sen. John McCain in a campaign ad on the
subject, and he even spoke forcefully about the issue at the recent
Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
Watch the interview below.