Updated: Monday, 20 Feb 2012, 9:43 AM MST
WASHINGTON - Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's opponents in the state's Congressional race are weighing in on the scandal.
Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, from Arizona’s First Congressional District, has responded to allegations that fellow Republican, Babeu, threatened his former Mexican national lover with deportation.
Statement from U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar:
"This is about an abuse of power, a misuse of public trust, and
the continued use of official resources for personal and political
"Babeu clearly believes that public funds provided by hardworking taxpayers are unlimited and interchangeable with campaign resources.
First, his campaign sent its news releases to the county website, where they remained posted for months. Last week, it was discovered that while his office is over budget, he spent $35,000 on self-promotional collectable coins and Centennial celebration badges. Today he -- in light of these new accusations -- he hosted a campaign press conference in uniform at the sheriff's office with sheriffs office employees, campaign staff and campaign volunteers intermingled.
It is as though he believes the rule of law does not apply to him." .
Sen. Ron Gould said Babeu showed poor judgment by posting racy photos on a gay dating website. He reffered to it as as a "Congressmen Weiner-type moment."