Representative Daniel Patterson

State Capitol News
8:58 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Rep. Patterson Says Issue Isn't Over

Rep. Eddie Farnsworth questions Rep. Daniel Patterson during Wednesday's hearing of the House Ethics Committee. The full committee, chaired by Rep. Ted Vogt, recommended Patterson be expelled.
Howard Fischer Capital Media Services

Wednesday's abrupt resignation of embattled state Rep. Daniel Patterson may not be the end of the matter. 

Patterson said he quit because it became clear he was likely to be ousted. He said the entire process followed by the Ethics Committee, which had made the expulsion recommendation earlier in the day, was flawed because Chairman Ted Vogt ignored committee rules requiring he be allowed to present evidence and cross-examine witnesses. Instead Vogt allowed Patterson only to make a statement and answer questions. Patterson said that opens the door for legal action.

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State Capitol News
8:45 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Rep. Patterson Begins Defense Against Ethics Charges

Rep. Daniel Patterson answers questions Tuesday from reporters about the charges against him. Patterson said he is not guilty and said the process is being rushed
Howard Fischer Capital News Media

The Tucson lawmaker formally denied charges on Tuesday that he did anything to merit expulsion from the House.

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State Capitol News
8:57 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Patterson Gets Support from Republican Lawmaker

A Republican lawmakers is urging his leadership to give Representative Daniel Patterson a chance to make his case, in person, this morning before the House Ethics Committee. 

The Tucson Democrat-turned-independent has been given until 9:30 to respond in writing to the findings of an outside investigator that he is guilty of threatening and intimidating staffers, lobbyists and fellow legislators. But Representative Cecil Ash , who is a defense attorney, said investigative reports do not always tell the whole story.

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State Capitol News
2:43 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

State House May Vote on Tuesday on Ethics Charges Against Rep Daniel Patterson

The state House could decide as early as Tuesday whether to expel the Tucson lawmaker.

The Ethics Committee meets at 9:30 in the morning to review the response by Daniel Patterson to a report by a legal team led by attorney Michael Manning which concluded he is guilty of a pattern of misconduct. That includes being abusive and combative with fellow lawmakers. Rep. Ted Vogt who chairs the committee said the possibility exists the panel will accept the response and then vote, without giving Patterson a chance to put on a case of his own or cross-examine witnesses.

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State Capitol News
3:16 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Attempt to Quickly Oust Tucson Rep. Patterson Fails

The move came a day after an independent investigative team concluded Daniel Patterson has a pattern of misconduct, including harassing and threatening colleagues, staff and lobbyists and given his history, should be removed from office. House Minority Leader Chad Campbell said, given Patterson's conduct, he did not want to wait for the Ethics Committee to review the report and make its recommendation to the full House.

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State Capitol News
9:07 am
Tue April 3, 2012

House Ethics Vote on Patterson Expected Soon

Rep Daniel Patterson (D-Tucson)

The state House could vote as early as today whether to evict one of their own. 

In a report Monday, investigators said Tucson Democrat Daniel Patterson has sought personal favors in exchange for votes on legislation, admitted to staff he frequently uses marijuana, and routinely verbally abuses, assaults and harasses his colleagues, staff and lobbyists, especially those who disagree with him. 

The report goes on to say the situation got so bad that Yuma Representative Lynne Pancrazi started sleeping with a gun and others sought additional security at the Capitol.

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State Capitol News
4:55 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Ethics Hearing Begins for Rep. Patterson

The House Ethics Committee took the first steps this afternoon in its investigation of Daniel Patterson. 

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