Sen. Begay Throws Support Behind Sheriff Babeu in CD1 Race
Casa Grande, AZ – State Sen. Carlyle Begay announced yesterday he is throwing his support behind Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in the race for the 1st Congressional District.
Begay, a Republican from Kayenta, decided to leave the race and endorse Babeu because of the sheriff’s strong support for law enforcement, national security issues and instilling fiscal sanity in Congress.
“Paul Babeu is a conservative we can all trust to represent the needs of Congressional District 1,” Begay said. “He is standing strong for the Native American tribes against the federal government’s onerous regulations that threaten hundreds of jobs on the reservations.”
Begay won wide praise last year when he switched from a Democrat to a Republican. He has sought to improve conditions in his district, winning money for important projects on and near the reservations.
Babeu praised Begay’s service to the residents of northeastern Arizona.
“Sen. Begay is a proven leader who worked in a bipartisan way to improve the lives of his constituents,” Babeu said. “I welcomed him into the Republican Party last year because he showed Arizonans the true size of our party’s big tent.”
Begay said he will spend the next few months helping Babeu win the GOP primary and then the general election.
Babeu is a veteran of the Iraq War and spent 20 years in the Army National Guard, rising to the rank of major. In addition, Babeu commanded 700 troops on the Arizona-Mexico border as part of Operation Jump Start, which helped reduce illegal immigration and drug smuggling by 94 percent in the Yuma Sector. He was first elected Pinal County Sheriff in 2008 and won reelection in 2012.