Daniel Patterson's Political Career Lives Another Day; His Response to Report Due Next Week
After reading the investigation done on behalf of the House Ethics Committee, a handful of legislators were ready to punt state Representative Daniel Patterson out of the House today, but that didn't happen.
Among several other things in the report released yesterday, investigators claim Patterson routinely ignores House rules, "verbally abuses, assaults, and harasses" a bunch of people at the Capitol, is possibly violating court orders, may have written that odd Facebook post under his ex-girlfriend's name, has offered to trade sex for his vote on a bill, and for some reason, the report also notes Patterson may "frequently" smoke weed.
Nobody came out and said it, but some legislators were acting as if they expected Patterson to show up to the Capitol today and go postal -- he did neither -- as a few lawmakers were reportedly packing heat, while House Minority Leader Chad Campbell made a few references today about safety at the Capitol.
A motion to vote on Patterson's expulsion was rejected, meaning Patterson actually gets a chance to respond to the report.
Patterson's been complaining about not being afforded due process throughout this saga, although the report released yesterday explicitly states Patterson "has been given process due him as a matter of law."
Still, Democrats have been asking Patterson to just call it quits for days now, which he has obviously refused to do -- although Patterson did change his party affiliation yesterday from Democrat to Independent, as if that helps anything.
Regardless, Campbell has been pretty much non-stop in his calls for Patterson to resign. Here's part of a press release from his office yesterday:
"I have been calling on Rep. Patterson to resign since this all began," Campbell said. "The behavior highlighted in the investigative report is both reprehensible and intolerable. If he does not resign now, we need to vote to remove him immediately."
The investigative report, ordered by the House Ethics Committee following a complaint filed against Patterson, outlines an "extraordinary and very predictable pattern of disorderly, indecorous, and deceptive behavior."
The report also indicates that the potential that Patterson could "injure others, particularly staff, puts the House and the State in the crosshairs for civil liability for subsequent injury." The investigators recommended that Patterson be expelled from the Arizona House of Representatives.
Campbell's statement yesterday also warned that House members will seek to expel him if he doesn't resign -- which failed today, thanks to House Republicans, if you ask Campbell.
Now, Patterson's response to the investigation is due April 10.
And for the no-shit moment of the day, Patterson posted on Twitter today that he "likely will not run for AZ House in 2012."
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