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Arizona's Hardline Anti-Immigration Sheriff Paul Bebau, GOP Star, Outed as Gay by His Mexican Lover

In the strange-but-all-too-true department ...

The Phoenix New Times dropped a bombshell of a story at the end of last week, in which Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu, known as "Mr. Terrible Testosterone" to immigrants in the Southwest, was outed as a gay man.

But, wait, the story's just beginning.

A Mexican ex-boyfriend claimed the rising Republican star and outspoken immigration opponent threatened him with deportation when the boyfriend refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement about their relationship, which spanned years.

Proof of the relationship came via text messages between the 34-year-old "Jose" and Babeu, as well as compromising photos of Babeu groping Jose, and posing in front of a bathroom mirror in only briefs -- his profile photo for an ad on gay hookup site

Babeu is running for Congress. Or, was. He gave a news conference in Florence, Ariz., this morning, where he acknowledged that he had "a personal relationship" with Jose, the LA Times reports. He went on to say that the allegations are "absolutely, completely false, except for the issues that refer to me as being gay. Because that's the truth. I am gay."

The anti-immigration hardliner, who jumped on the Mitt Romney bandwagon early, has now decided to step down as co-chairman of the Arizona Romney for President campaign.

No word on the future of his congressional campaign.

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