Wednesday, December 11, 2013

AP: GOP Drafts Resolution Calling For Mark Patterson to Leave Idaho Legislature

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

A Boise GOP State Senator is calling for a fellow Republican to resign or face the wrath of his own party's demand that he be bounced from office.

Rep. Mark Patterson has been a controversial figure almost from the moment that Boiseans in District No. 15 first elected him to the house in November 2012. A few weeks after his win, it was revealed that Patterson's official biography didn't jibe with the truth. Among other things, he wrongly claimed he was a graduate of the University of Southern California and seemingly stretched the facts with a reference to his time as a “professional road-racing cyclist.”

And then in a November investigation by the Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey, it was learned that Patterson had been arrested in Florida during the 1970s on a charge of rape. Patterson pled guilty to a lesser charge of “assault with intent” in exchange for a withheld judgment and five years’ probation, from which he was released after only two years.

Now, Boise Republican Sen. Fred Martin says District No. 15 precinct officials are expected to meet early next week to "discuss Patterson's future in the Legislature." Martin told the Associated Press that he hoped that Patterson would resign voluntarily, but he added that "a resolution has been drafted that demands" Patterson to quit if he doesn't go willingly.

"This behavior is not acceptable," Martin told the AP's John Miller. "I hope that Rep. Patterson does what's right for himself and his family."

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