Sherrif Paul Babeu

I first met Paul Babeu while I was Chief of Staff to the Arizona Speaker of the House.  He was a young, bright, articulate man working for Governor Napolitano’s border task force.  He coordinated efforts of the National Guard and the border patrol.  He struck as me as very intelligent, dedicated and energetic.  He is the kind of person you just naturally admire when you talk with them.  Through the years our paths have crossed many times and I consider him at least a friendly acquaintance if not a personal friend.  The entire time I have known Paul, he has been driven by one goal – to protect the people of Arizona from violence.  He not only has dedicated his career to this, been consistent on his message, but he has also personally put his life on the line many times and unfortunately had to suffer the injury or death of those he worked with in the same cause.

I live in Congressman Trent Franks district.  I have known and been friends with Trent since 1989 and I am glad to have such great representation.  My only regret is that I cannot vote in support of Paul Babeu for Congress, because I am not in his district.  We need people like him who are dedicated to helping their fellow citizens and willing to pay the price to do so.

I was saddened at the recent spectacle in the press associated with Paul.  He did what hundreds of millions have done – he took a cell phone picture of himself to show others what he looked like.  He had a relationship that ended with hurt feelings.  Both of those are so commonplace, they should not be news, but in today’s tear down everyone society they are.

If I looked like Paul Babeu, I would probably have thousands of pictures taken of myself.  Unfortunately, if I posted my own shirtless body, people would go blind, and that would have been the last image they saw.  It would be permanently imprinted on their damaged retinas.  Some things you simply can’t unsee.

No one is perfect.  Everyone wants to pile on nowadays and kick people when they are down.  I wanted to take this moment to do the opposite.  This incident does not change the fifteen years I have seen Paul Babeu put his life and his reputation on the line to help others.  Thank you Paul for what you have done in the past and what you will do in the future.  I have made many mistakes and done embarrassing things I still won’t share here.  Hopefully, this is the worst you will have to deal with.

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2 responses to “Sherrif Paul Babeu

  1. writerwilke

    Well said… Yes, I am very much in favor of letting personal things stay personal. I don’t know the Sheriff, have never met him and know nothing about him. With that said, my guess about the hub-bub is not as much about the photo as it is the other aspects of the situation.

    I think people (and I speak generally here, not specifically) are more upset about the fact that the other person in that relationship was allegedly an illegal immigrant and that he allegedly used his position as Sheriff to threaten that person with deportation. This is made even more jarring by his staunch position on immigration.

    I have no opinion on his election simply because I don’t know him well at all. I have no idea how much of that is true or not, and to some extent, I don’t really care. I’m more interested in his positions on the issues.

    I hope that for that reason and that reason alone I hope his election is decided.

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    • I used to think that if someone had allegations made against them that there must be some truth to them. Unfortunately, both myself and many close to me have had enemies make completely false claims and it is very difficult to prove something never happened. For that reason, unless hard evidence is ever provided, I simply ignore verbal accusations against people. If someone uses their office to threaten on a personal basis I agree with you, but knowing Paul that seems completely out of character to me.

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