Dear Sheriff Babeu,
We are stunned at the allegations of extortion and intimidation from your former lover, as reported by the Phoenix New Times and other media outlets. These allegations are serious, and there is evidence such as text messages that support his claims.
You also posted semi-nude photos of yourself on a web site accessible to the general public merely by registering for the dating service. This shows extremely poor judgment, much as former Congressman Anthony Weiner showed poor judgement in a similar situation and left Congress.
At your press conference on Saturday, you claimed you have no power to deport Jose, but your department does have 287(g) authority from the federal government, which means you have the power to arrest suspected undocumented immigrants. If you knew José or his family are here illegally, then why didn’t you act?
Even if José is here legally, as a prominent figure nationally, with an ongoing relationship with DHS through 287(g), most immigrants would readily perceive that you are in a position to influence revoking of visas, and denial of visa extensions. As a Congressman, you would have even more influence over DHS. José is entirely right to perceive your threat to his legal status, as well as that of his family members.
Evidence that you have or may abuse your power are extremely relevant in the upcoming elections. You did the right thing by stepping down as Mitt Romney’s Arizona campaign co-chairman, though it’s likely you would have been asked to step down had you not preempted the firing by resigning first.
You should also withdraw from the congressional race immediately. The obvious lack of judgement you demonstrated, and these serious allegations hanging over your campaign make you unelectable. Leaving the race will clear the field for the two credible Republican candidates in the race now, and open the door for other qualified republicans to step forward and run for this office. Note that we are not supporting either of the two other Republican candidates.
You are not a credible candidate, due to your constant fear mongering about border violence, the apparently self-inflicted shooting of one of your deputies, and now this scandalous behavior, all of which call into question your leadership and integrity. Several border area mayors even wrote you a letter debunking your constant claims of border violence spiraling out of control, when in fact FBI statistics show that our border communities are among the safest.
The constant drumbeat of Arizona politicians that our border is insecure has fomented a national hysteria about border security, when in fact border security has been greatly enhanced in recent years and recently net illegal immigration from Mexico dropped to zero.
America needs to fix it’s dysfunctional legal immigration system, but unfortunately with the misinformation emanating from you and other Arizona politicians, many Americans have been misled about the true situation near our borders. We need problem solvers in Washington, not politicians such as yourself who use wedge issues such as immigration to play on the fears and emotions of Americans.
Please step down from the congressional race, and allow more electable Republicans to run in your place.
President, Cafe Con Leche Republicans
Cafe Con Leche Republicans is a national GOP group of Republicans who welcome New Americans. Our members and leaders are predominately Hispanic, though we define ourselves through our mission and guiding principles rather than ethnicity, and we welcome anyone who supports our mission as a member or supporter. Our leadership is limited to Republicans. We have chapters in Arizona, Nevada, California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Florida.