Gay Arizona sheriff drops out of race for congress

Sat. May 12, 2012 5:11 AM by

Phoenix - Embattled Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu announced on Friday that he's dropping out of the race for Arizona's 4th Congressional District.

"We have done a great job … at the end of the day, that's all that really matters," KTAR radio quoted Babeu, a Republican, as saying.

Babeu will instead run for re-election as Pinal County Sheriff.

"Yesterday, I informed my campaign staff and our finance team of my decision to run for re-election," Babeu said in a statement.

The 43-year-old Babeu in February acknowledged that he is gay in the course of denying charges made by his former boyfriend, Jose Orozco, that Babeu threatened to have him deported if he discussed their relationship. Orozo has since filed a $1 million lawsuit. Babeu has denied the charges.

In publicly announcing his sexual orientation, Babeu also stepped down as co-chairman of Mitt Romney's Arizona campaign.

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