Local GOP committee to discuss Patterson's future

Local GOP committee to discuss Patterson's future

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- If state Rep. Mark Patterson is asked to resign by Republicans on Boise's District 15 precinct committee tonight, it would be a non-binding resolution, essentially without any teeth to it.

Sen. Fred Martin, among Republicans from Boise's District 15, is urging Patterson to resign, and said he remains hopeful the first-term lawmaker will step down before the precinct committee gathers Tuesday night..

The meeting, open to the public,  is at 7 p.m. tonight at Morning Star Care Center's large conference room at 5850 N. Five Mile Road in Boise.

For more than a month, Patterson has been the focus of attention after the Idaho Statesman reported he failed to disclose the 39-year-old guilty plea in a Florida rape case when he applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon in 2007. Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney revoked Patterson's permit in late October, contending his criminal record makes him ineligible.

Patterson, however, contends he did nothing wrong, insisting he pleaded guilty 39 years ago because he was frightened, had spent time in jail and was told by his lawyer the incident would be removed from his record. Still, he won't run for office, saying he always planned a short tenure.

“I had no intention on running for re-election,” Patterson told The Associated Press. “I knew I was going in one time, and one time only.”

Rep. Patterson recently released a statement in which he said he was making no comments to the media, but he did speak with the Associated Press this week. As for resigning, he said to the AP, "what have I ever done wrong as a legislator?"

We called Patterson to see if he'd talk to us, too, but nobody answered, so we dropped by his house and knocked, but nobody came to the door.

Should Patterson decide to serve through the upcoming legislative session, one lawmaker told KBOI News it wouldn't be a surprise too see Patterson stripped of his committee assignments.