The sort of GOP scandal most voters have grown accustomed to either involve a gay love affair or evidence of flip-floppery when it comes to immigration; rarely are the American people treated to a scandal that involves both.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced on Saturday that he intends to step down as the Romney campaign’s state co-chair in Arizona after it was discovered that he had entered into a love affair with a male undocumented campaign volunteer.
It has since been unclear whether or not the other man, identified only as “Jose,” is in fact a legal resident of the United States. Still, many Republicans and Democrats agree that the news is enough to end his current congressional bid (which the sheriff has vowed to continue with), if not his career.
“I don’t see how any reasonable person cannot think that this is going to hurt him,’ said Bruce Merrill, professor emeritus of political science at Arizona State University, “particularly with the constituency that he has built, which is a very evangelical, right-wing, family-oriented, conservative constituency.”
Indeed, Sheriff Babeu has made quite a name for himself as an anti-undocumented bulldog in Arizona, even appearing alongside Sen. John McCain in the senator’s famed “complete the danged fence” TV ad in 2010.
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