Romney Ariz. co-chairman steps down

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 19 at 2:05 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney and his Arizona campaign co-chairman have severed ties after allegations of misconduct, which Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu denies.

The allegations were made by a man with whom the campaign official previously had a relationship. The man, a Mexican immigrant, said Babeu had threatened to deport him if he revealed the nature of the relationship.

Babeu, who is running for Congress in Arizona, resigned from Romney's campaign after the Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly magazine, reported the allegations.

At a news conference, Babeu acknowledged he is gay but said he had done nothing wrong.

Babeu, who has risen to national prominence with his strong opposition to illegal immigration, campaigned with Romney and was featured in robocalls in Iowa attacking Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He said he would continue his congressional campaign in Arizona.

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