Rebekah Sanders and Kristena Hansen
The Republic | azcentral.com
Feb. 19, 2012 12:02 AM
Below is a sampling of quotes from the press conference held Saturday by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
"At no time did I or anyone who represents me ever threaten deportation. Ever."
"I'm here to say that all these allegations that were in one of these newspapers are absolutely, completely false, except for the issues that refer to me as being gay. Because that's the truth: I am gay."
"This issue (of being gay) has been floated around even when I was a candidate for sheriff ... by my political opponents and those throughout my life. This is 20-plus years that I've had numerous people that would threaten this to me, to expose me, go to my chain of command, even in the military, to report this and have done so. So it's almost as if there is a relief today to not be threatened."
"There was a personal relationship (with Jose). Separate and apart from that he was a volunteer for my political campaign ... I never believed he was any less legal than I or you were."
"These were photographs that are mine that I sent to an individual that was meant only for their observation, not to be splashed on the Internet or on TV. ... I'm not disowning or lying about anything. This is a moment of truth for me. I want to set the record straight."
Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Chief Harry Grizzle
"I feel this is a sideshow, to be honest with you. It has absolutely nothing to do with our agency."