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  More Highlights From the Patterson Ethics Report
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Last EditedCraverguy  Apr 03, 2012 03:39pm
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AuthorHank Stephenson
MediaMagazine - Tucson Weekly
News DateTuesday, April 3, 2012 07:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe ethics report calling for the expulsion of Rep. Daniel Patterson has a lot of highlights and lowlights. Here are some of our favorite so far:

On Lobbyists
Lobbyists generally avoid Rep Patterson because of his reputation for being difficult, unpredictable, combative and untruthful.

Worse yet, lobbyists who dare oppose Rep. Patterson are often harassed to the point of taking great care to avoid him.

And finally, we were told that a lobbyist stated that Rep. Patterson indicated that he would trade his vote on a bill for sex.

On Friends at the Capitol

Over 80 percent of the members, legislative staff, lobbyists and others that we interviewed believe that Rep. Patterson is a serious discredit and threat to the House, its Members, the legislative process, his party and his constituents.

The deep distrust, concern for, and fear of, Rep. Patterson is bipartisan, bicameral, otherwise broad, and is borne of widely experienced incidents of disruption, deceptions, indecorum, and threats that are too frequent and too egregious.

Rep. Patterson routinely verbally abuses, assaults, and harasses his colleagues, legislative staff, and lobbyists—especially if one dares to disagree with him.

Rep. (Anna) Tovar, the Minority Whip, has gone so far as to take notes memorializing Rep. Patterson’s aggressiveness and disorderly behavior that she witnessed.

Rep. Patterson routinely challenges but then ignores admonishment for his behavior and unprofessional outbursts, often retaliating through verbal abuse and, on occasion, has either feigned or actually threatened to physically assault those that did not agree with him.

On Rules

Rep. Patterson has a legacy of violating and ignoring both the Rules of the House of Representatives... and generally accepted concepts of civility and professionalism.

Rep. Patterson has allegedly violated, and may even continue to violate, court orders.
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