Trump Candidate To Head Border Patrol Is Under FBI Investigation – Vocativ – Babeu is no stranger to the national stage. He frequently appears on cable news channels as a hawkish expert on border enforcement — despite the fact that the county he oversaw for eight years covers precisely none of the U.S. border with Mexico (it does include a preferred corridor for drug and human smugglers, including the Vekol Valley, a prime avenue for criminal activity that originates below the border.) For years he was a conservative darling and a rising star in Republican politics who talked tough about immigration and even appeared in a 2010 campaign ad for Senator John McCain advocating for a border fence.
While Babeu may be known in the world of cable news as an immigration hardliner, back at home in the Grand Canyon State he’s better remembered for a massive scandal in 2012 that ultimately discredited the down-on-brown rhetoric he spewed on Fox News, forced him to come out of the closet as a “gay American” and cost him a job as the Arizona co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. As Babeu was exploring a run for Congress, the Phoenix New Times broke a story that the then-sheriff had been involved in a sexual relationship with a man named Jose Orozco. The two met on a gay dating site in 2006 and began a years-long relationship. In the middle of their lengthy affair, Orozco caught Babeu using a different dating site under the handle “studboi1.” As if a tough-talking conservative sheriff being outed as gay wasn’t shocking enough for voters in rural Pinal County, Orozco also happened to be in the country illegally and claimed that Babeu threatened him with deportation if he ever revealed their relationship publicly — an allegation the former sheriff denies.