Santorum, mexican-bashing, and gay love

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Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu, who appeared in the campaign ad with Senator John McCain in 2008, came out as a gay man this week on CNN because he is involved in a “he-said, he-said” sex scandal with his former Mexican lover.

So why is this newsworthy? First of all, because of typical, conservative hypocrisy. Sheriff Babeu, who spent years bashing Mexican immigrants to maintain his tough on illegal immigration image, was caught having a sexual relationship with an illegal immigrant. The former lover, going by the name “Jose”, claims they had a sexual relationship since 2006 when they met on gay.com and that he worked on Babeu’s campaign website and social media accounts. Jose also claims that Babeu threatened to deport him. So Sheriff Babeu could be facing charges of harboring an illegal immigrant, a federal crime which resulted in a conviction against a Border Patrol agent last December.

But the primary reason this is newsworthy is that the conservative wing of the Republican party is putting their support behind Rick Santorum, a presidential candidate who is absolutely disgusted by the idea of two gay men in a sexual relationship (“man on dog”). Santorum will have to deal with LGBT issues within the Republican party, and thanks to this scandal, he’ll have to do it much sooner than the Santorum campaign expected.

Rick Santorum is a 1950’s-era, narrow-minded, homophobe. And I love the thought of Santorum having to answer uncomfortable questions about this scandal and, if he’s the nominee, having to address LGBT issues with groups like the Log Cabin Republicans and other gay Republicans in the general election. I’m calling it the Santorum Squirm.

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