AZ co-chair of Mitt Romney campaign stepping down after allegations of a relationship with a male Mexican immigrant



Livewire is reporting that the Arizona co-chair of Willard Romney's campaign is resigning after these allegations first reported by the Phoenix New Times:

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration — threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship, the former boyfriend and his lawyer tell New Times.

Yes, another gay Republican's hypocrisy comes to light, and right smack in the middle of Romney's campaign.

Talking Points Memo has details, including this:

They were apparently together during Babeu’s fast rise to becoming a national figure in the fight against illegal immigration. The sheriff first burst onto the national stage in 2010 when he appeared alongside Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) in a now-famous television ad, calling on the federal government to complete “the danged fence” along the US-Mexican border.

Now he'll have to deal with this "danged" scandal.

ADDED: Lizz Winstead just tweeted:

"I guess his penis didn't look illegal."

UPDATE via Livewire: Babeu: "I Am Gay", But Charges "Completely False" and "Everything that I understand is that he's absolutely in legal status."