Arizona sheriff quits Romney campaign amid accusations

By REUTERS
February 19, 2012 05:29

PHOENIX - An Arizona sheriff resigned as co-chair of US Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign in the state on Saturday after he was accused of threatening a former male lover with deportation to Mexico if he talked about their relationship.

In an embarrassing incident for Romney's campaign, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu denied he or his lawyer made the deportation threat, but he stepped down from helping the former Massachusetts governor in the border state.

Babeu acknowledged at a news conference on Saturday that he is gay and had a personal relationship with the man making the allegations, whom he identified only as "Jose."


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