Babeu won his GOP primary for the US House last week. Via press release:
Log Cabin Republicans is demanding in no uncertain terms that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) retract, apologize for, and cancel all pending airtime reservations for its sick smear ad against out gay Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives Sheriff Paul Babeu. The commercial references a thoroughly debunked claim that Babeu presided over a private school alleged to have mistreated students, with words like “sexual abuse” and “strip” flashing across the screen, culminating with the statement, “We can’t trust him with our kids”.
“Attack ads don’t get more homophobic than this,” Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo stated. “Not only is this commercial factually inaccurate, but it shows just how low the DCCC is willing to go to stop a gay Republican from being elected to Congress. Democrats love to say they support the LGBT community — unless you’re a gay Republican, in which case floating the specter of gays as child predators and deviants is fair game. Log Cabin Republicans demands that the DCCC apologize to Sheriff Babeu, apologize to the LGBT community, and cancel all pending airtime reserved for this thoroughly despicable advertisement.”
Log Cabin claims that the accusations against Babeu have been debunked, but the local ABC affiliate has created an entire webpage devoted to the scandal.
VIDEOS: The first clip below is a report on the ad from the Phoenix ABC affiliate. The second clip is the actual ad.
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Babeu earned his first mention here on JMG years ago when he was outed via his Adam4Adam profile. Earlier this month he was endorsed by gay former GOP US House Rep. Jim Kolbe, who was outed in 1996 after his vote for DOMA, although in 2013 Kolbe was a signatory to an amicus brief in support of the repeal of Prop 8. Babeu has stated that marriage should be left for the states to decide. Earlier this year the Phoenix New Times reported that Babeu is currently living with a 22 year-old whom he met in 2012. In March 2012 the Mexican national ex-boyfriend of Babeu sued him for $1M, alleging that Babeu had threatened to have him deported if the boyfriend were to out him. Babeu’s run for the US House fizzled shortly thereafter, but not before it was revealed that he had spoken at an event staged by a group that wants to end illegal and most legal immigration and wants to end automatic citizenship for children born in the United States. Last year Babeu led a mob of raging teabaggers as they screamed abuse at migrant children being transported on federal buses.