Co-Chair of Romney’s Arizona Campaign Steps Down Over Accusations from Gay Lover

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Paul Babeu

When it rains, it pours for the Romney campaign.

Paul Babeu, a local Arizona sheriff who was co-chair of Mitt Romney’s Arizona campaign team, has stepped down after accusations surfaced that he threatened deportation of a former male lover if he discussed the relationship.

The lover identified as “Jose” was allegedly asked by Babeu’s lawyer to stay silent about the relationship with the sheriff.

“All of these allegations that were in one of these newspapers were absolutely false, except for the issue that referred to me as being gay, and that is the truth. I am gay,” Babeu said at the news conference.

After receiving the threats, “Jose” went to Melissa Weiss-Riner, attorney, for counsel.

“Jose came to our firm because he felt he was being intimidated, and he was in fear for his life,” Weiss-Riner says. “He wanted his legal rights protected.”

Arizona is a key state for Romney with his hopes of winning in his native state of Michigan fading. He needs to win either state on March 28th to build momentum going into Super Tuesday 8 days later.

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