Tuesday, December 18, 2012

UPDATE: Mark Patterson: Stretching the Truth, Inaccuracies and Falsehoods

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

UPDATE 1 p.m.

Democrat Steve Berch, who lost the Idaho House Seat B election in Boise's District 15 to Republican Rep. Mark Patterson, said this morning that it "was telling" that Patterson would blame others for fabrications to Patterson's online resume, reported by the Associated Press.

When AP questioned Patterson about false claims on his Facebook page of graduating from the University of Southern California, Patterson said, "I don't do Facebook." But Berch points out that Patterson posted to his own Facebook page more than 50 times since it was created in 2010.

"That's a lot of activity for someone who 'doesn't do Facebook.' Either Patterson was not truthful with the AP and knowingly misled the public by publishing a false resume, or he has outsourced his thinking to other people behind the scenes for the last two and a half years," said Berch. "Either way, District 15 voters now have good reason to wonder who Mark Patterson really is."


Mark Patterson will represent Boises District 15 in the Idaho Legislature.
  • Mark Patterson will represent Boise's District 15 in the Idaho Legislature.

One of Idaho's soon-to-be freshmen lawmakers still isn't taking personal responsibility for a fabricated personal history.

The Associated Press reported early Monday that Republican Mark Patterson, who defeated Democratic challenger Steve Berch for Boise's District 15 House Seat B, was silent as a false biography, posted through Project Vote Smart, was widely distributed at the height of the fall campaign. Project Vote Smart used much of Patterson's bio from his website, which said he was a 1996 graduate of the University of Southern California. But the AP learned that Patterson never attended USC.

Patterson tried to shield himself when he told the AP that a campaign staffer had posted the information without his knowledge and that he "didn't do Facebook."

Patterson threw his former campaign aide, Lucas Baumbach, under the bus, saying it was Baumbach who mixed up the initials "USC" with "SCU," representing Southern California University, where Patterson said he began, but never competed a correspondence course in business.

But Baumbach told the AP that his former boss should have proofread his own campaign information.

"You can blame the guy setting up your website," Baumbach told the AP. "Or you can blame yourself for not reading it."

Making matters worse is Patterson's professional bio, which says that he got the idea for his vehicle lubrication business "when he was a professional road-racing cyclist."

But a spokesman for USA Cycling told the AP that Patterson's claims didn't pass the smell test, and that Patterson was once licensed, in the 1990s, in the second-lowest amateur road division of USA Cycling.

When the 2013 Idaho Legislature convenes in January, Patterson will sit on the following House committees: Judiciary, Rules and Administration, Revenue and Taxation, and Transportation and Defense.

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