Casa Grande Dispatch: “Babeu’s sister Lucy endorses his opponent”
By KEVIN REAGAN Staff Writer
CASA GRANDE — Lucy Babeu, sister of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, has endorsed retired Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers in the GOP primary race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District.
In a press release distributed by the Rogers campaign, Lucy Babeu stated she could not support her brother’s candidacy to represent Arizona’s largest congressional district.
“The decisions my brother, Paul, has made throughout his life are not the makings of someone who represents the values of our congressional district, our state or our country — and I cannot sit idly by in good faith,” Lucy Babeu stated.
The two Babeu siblings, part of a large family, have a history of feuding with each other in the media. Lucy reportedly was one of the sources for a 2012 news story that alleged abuse had occurred at a Massachusetts boarding school while Paul Babeu was headmaster from 1999 to 2001.
Paul Babeu denied the abuse allegations and called his sister “mentally unstable.”
Barrett Marson, spokesman for Babeu’s congressional campaign, called Lucy’s recent endorsement an act of “desperation” on behalf of the Rogers campaign before the August primary.
“This will be Wendy’s fourth failed campaign,” Marson stated in an email. “Using an endorsement of the sheriff’s troubled sister gives us a better sense of why voters always reject Wendy Rogers.”
Rogers, who twice previously ran in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District and also once for the Legislature, stated she welcomed Lucy Babeu’s endorsement in the press release.
“We are a campaign built upon a broad base of voters from all walks of life who have one goal in mind — to strengthen our nation and serve the people of Arizona,” Rogers stated.
Babeu and Rogers are among six candidates vying for the Republican nomination in CD1. The other candidates include former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Arizona House Speaker David Gowan, rancher Gary Kiehne and businessman Shawn Redd.