PHOENIX -- After dropping a potential political bomb, Phoenix New Times reporter Monica Alonzo is adamant that somebody needs to investigate allegations that Sheriff Paul Babeu threatened an ex-lover with deportation if he went public with their relationship.
Alonzo sat down with 3TV's Kaley O'Kelley Monday morning to discuss the article that's sending shock waves through Arizona and its Republican Party.
A 34-year-old man identified only as Jose said Babeu and his attorney employed intimidation tactics against him. Babeu denied those allegations in a news conference over the weekend.
Alonzo said she believes Babeu and his lawyer are trying to spin the story, focusing on the fact that he is gay. The award-winning writer said that fact actually has very little do to with the story. Rather, she says people should focus on the accusations leveled against the sheriff.
"Somebody needs to look into these allegations and try to get to the bottom of it," she said. "You've got an allegation that's been made against a very high-profile sheriff, a Congressional candidate. He denies it. Jose stands by his story, as does his attorney. So, I think that's what the next step needs to be here."
Alonzo also questions Babeu's judgment in sending out racy photos of himself.
Babeu has not said anything about the Phoenix New Times story or the allegations against him since Saturday's news conference. Jose has not spoken with the media at this point, but his lawyer said he plans to hold a news conference later this week.