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Joe Arpaio: Paul Babeu Is 'Going To Have To Work Through' Scandal

Joe Arpaio Paul Babeu

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/21/2012 10:11 am Updated: 02/21/2012 4:32 pm

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio distanced himself from fellow sheriff Paul Babeu, who was outed as gay last week and accused of threatening his ex-boyfriend with deportation.

Arpaio, "America's toughest sheriff," said he wouldn't be giving advice to Babeu, who stepped down from his position as the Arizona co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in the wake of the allegations.

"He's going to have to work through this," Arpaio said Monday during an interview with CNN's John King. "I'm not going to give him any advice."

Arpaio also said he hasn't made a decision on whether he will support Babeu in the race for Arizona's 4th Congressional District, despite the fact that Babeu had asked for his endorsement.

Babeu publicly denied the deportation allegations, but did acknowledge that he'd had a three-year relationship with his accuser, a man only identified as Jose.

"One, he's legal. He has said that. I've said that," Babeu said of Jose. "And then, in addition, this whole thing about deportation, we all know I don't have deportation authority. I have the authority to arrest. There were several crimes committed here against me and my campaign."

After coming out as gay, Babeu expressed his support of same-sex marriage in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"If it's not harming somebody else, then it doesn't matter," Babeu said. "You can't legislate love."

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