|Former state Representative Daniel Patterson.|
The House Ethics Committee unanimously voted this morning to boot Patterson, which was apparently enough of an indication for Patterson to just take off early.
"I have been forced to resign due to the fact that the House has become a very hostile work environment for me," Patterson says in his resignation letter. "Due to this I am no longer able to serve my constituents in the way they deserve."
Patterson's resignation takes place just a day after he issued a 19-page response to the investigation into allegations of wide-ranging misconduct, as Patterson addressed every single accusation in the report point-by-point.
Among other things, the report -- done on behalf of the ethics committee -- claimed Patterson routinely ignored House rules, "verbally abuses, assaults, and harasses" a bunch of people at the Capitol, is 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.