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GOP blocks Patterson expulsion, Dems release more investigation docs

Republican legislators blocked the immediate expulsion of Democratic state Rep. Daniel Patterson on Tuesday, opting to pursue ethics hearings. House Democrats leaders released a series of exhibits in the case filed against the Tucson representative.
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Apr 3, 2012, 1:08 pm
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The democrats should kick him out of the party, and let his constituents recall him.

Apr 3, 2012, 1:45 pm
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Patterson changed his party registration Monday, and a recall election would be redundant - all legislators are up for election in November anyway, which is the earliest a recall election could be held.

Apr 3, 2012, 2:18 pm
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I think this situation is getting way out of hand, personally. When you boil this down, it basically comes down to an accusation made by someone of questionable mental stability, and that accusation has been publicly recanted, anyway.

I’m not understanding why this guy’s heavily-pixelated photo is on the front page every day.

The only news-news here is that he quit the Democratic party. Well, good job Patterson. Hopefully each and every politician will be accused of domestic violence so they’ll all quit their political parties so we can finally have the non-partisan politics that George Washington on his way out told us we should have.

Apr 3, 2012, 2:25 pm
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@Bret Linden

While much of the evidence cited wouldn’t stand up in a court, the Ethics Committee report on Patterson is only partly about his interactions with his ex-girlfriend.

Among other things, it’s not an everyday occurrence for an independent counsel to allege a lobbyist reported that a lawmaker attempted to trade a vote for sex.

Apr 3, 2012, 2:29 pm
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@Dylan Smith

Well, like you said…allegations. I’m not a supporter of Patterson or anything, but I would love for him to fall off the news pages until something more concrete comes along. As you correctly point out Dylan, he’s up for reelection in November. To me, this is starting to look like your generic political mud-slinging that we probably wouldn’t hear about at all were an election not soon upon us.

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