CASA GRANDE – Sheriff Paul Babeu was flanked by local state legislators endorsing his election and advocating for Interstate-10 upgrades including three lanes from Tucson to Phoenix and rural concerns for mining, farming water and restrictions on use of federal lands.
Babeu said, “When elected to Congress I will prioritize I-10 improvements that support job growth and economic development. I will protect jobs in mining, farming, dairies and cattle that have been under attack by environmentalists and the EPA. Arizona needs to protect our water rights, yet we need to further promote conservation and invest in desalinization technology to ensure future water needs.”
State Rep. TJ Shope said, “Paul Babeu best understands our local concerns and will fight for us. We haven’t had a local congressman in Pinal County since the 1950s. Paul will be a part of the majority in congress and can best deliver results for us.”
State Rep. Frank Pratt agreed saying, “I’ve worked closely with Paul Babeu for eight years. No one works harder and he really understands rural issues. Paul lives right here in Casa Grande, it will be great to have a local congressman fighting for us.”
State Sen. Steve Smith said, “Paul Babeu will vote to reduce taxes, secure the border, rebuild our military and end Obamacare. His opponent voted for 64 percent budget increases before voters fired him. He almost bankrupt Arizona, forcing the sale of the state capitol buildings. Taxin’ Tom O’Halleran is the last guy we need in DC to increase deficit spending. He can’t be trusted not just because he’s switched political parties three times, but he’s also switched positions on vital issues like our 2nd Amendment and Obamacare. He became a Democrat the month he announced for congress, proving he will say and do anything for himself – not us.”
Babeu left no doubt who he continues to support for President saying, “Obama has released hundreds of dangerous criminal illegals into Pinal County – even convicted murderers – I will vote Trump over Hillary any-day to keep us safe.”
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.