Daniel Patterson, Disgraced Ex-Legislator, Already Talking About Getting Back in Office

Stephen Lemons
Daniel Patterson
Former Democratic state Representative Daniel Patterson, who resigned from the House last year before a vote on his expulsion could take place, already is talking about getting back into office.

Patterson's not talking about a 2014 run but rather filling a potential vacancy in the near future.

See also:
-Daniel Patterson Calls it Quits, Resigns From House
-Ethics Investigators: Daniel Patterson Is Rude, Has Tried to Trade Favors for Votes, Violated Court Orders, and Has Got to Go

Patterson's resignation came in April, after a report done on behalf of the House ethics committee claimed that Patterson routinely ignored House rules, "verbally abuses, assaults, and harasses" a bunch of people at the Capitol, was possibly violating court orders, may have written a Facebook post under the name of an ex-girlfriend to recant a domestic-violence claim made against him, and tried to trade sex for his vote on a bill.

By May, Patterson said he wouldn't be running for office in 2012 but didn't rule out 2014. Now he's thinking 2013.

Here's the post to Twitter from Patterson:

The story linked to in Patterson's post is about legislators possibly resigning to get jobs at the federal level, including Democratic Representative Macario Saldate, who's "applying for a deputy director's job at the U.S. Interior Department," according to the Arizona Daily Star's report.

The Star story also notes the replacement process -- precinct committeemen would choose potential replacements, and the Pima County Board of Supervisors would appoint one person as the replacement.

While Patterson's "tweet" claims he had a "good record" as a legislator, the ethics report kind of makes it sound like he's a grade-A A-hole.

According to the report, there was a "special House policy" that said no legislative staff members were allowed to meet alone with Patterson. Sometimes he'd start "freaking out" and slam the door to his office to begin "ranting and raving." One staff member recalled Patterson describing people as "fucking idiots," "backstabbers," a "fucking baby," and "fucked up." One staffer claimed Patterson referred to Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu as that "fag."

Another staffer recalled Patterson discussing his sexual performance as being "just fine." One staffer recalled Patterson admitting to using marijuana but saying he disliked "tweakers." Another staffer remembered Patterson writing a letter to Tom Izzo, the coach of the Michigan State University basketball team, asking him for some memorabilia.

The report itself had much more.

We're not sure how many times we're going to feel inclined to post the following video for Patterson, but here it is again:

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The truth is I was fully exonerated of false charges by a tough woman judge in Tucson in August 2012. Matt Hendley has never talked with me about any of this or even tried to contact me for the truth. The 'report' he pushes is full of unproven anonymous false claims. It is nothing but politically motivated garbage from a dishonest legislature, where I was denied due process by Republicans. I've made some mistakes. We all have. But I never broke the law. I've learned from my mistakes, improved and moved forward. I'm proud of my progressive record and strong service to the people of Arizona as an independent-minded lawmaker. Follow me on twitter @DanPattersonUSA. Thanks, Rep. Daniel Patterson (fmr), Tucson

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Dear "Reporter".  Was Mr. Patterson cleared of false charges in Court? Inquiring minds want to know, like THE PUBLIC!


Dear Mr. Patterson;

Please don't.


John Q. Public


@RepDanielPatterson With all due respect, Mr. Patterson, didn't you chose to resign your seat following a vote of the ethics committee instead of standing and fighting the charges against you?  Doesn't this seem to be an act of, at the very least, significant cowardice?If you felt that you didn’t receive appropriate due process from the Ethics Committee wouldn’t it have been more appropriate to file a lawsuit to force due process rather than turning tail and running? I’d love to hear your explanation of why you resigned instead of fighting, particularly if you felt you were denied due process in violation of House rules.  If your not willing to stand up for yourself in front of the full House, how can the voters expect you to stand up for them?

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