Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is defending himself as a true conservative despite disclosure in the last few days that he is gay and supports gay rights.

Babeu, a candidate for the Republican nomination in Congressional District 4, denies that he threatened to have his former lover deported if the man disclosed the nature of their relationship.

Here, Arizona Public Media's Christopher Conover discusses the issues and the potential political ramifications with Tony Paniagua, host of Arizona Illustrated.