Ex-girlfriend: Patterson didn't commit domestic violence
The ex-girlfriend of state Rep. Daniel Patterson said Sunday night that he "never hit or committed domestic violence against me."
Georgette Escobar, who served as Patterson's campaign manager, told police in February that Patterson struck and pushed her during an altercation.
She also filed a restraining order against the South Side Democrat.
Sunday night, she said her claims of violence weren't true, saying she "had a breakdown recently."
"I’m now stabilized and working on getting better," she wrote.
"I never needed an order of protection against him. I’m sorry," she wrote.
The allegations led nearly the entire Democratic caucus in the Legislature — except the members of the Ethics Committee and Patterson himself — to call for an ethics investigation.
That process could lead to Patterson being reprimanded or even expelled from the House.
Escobar called for a halt to the legislative investigation.
"I disagree with the ethics complaint, investigation and charges against him. He should be found innocent," she said Sunday.
Patterson said last month that he was being "blackmailed" by Escobar, and that he would not resign.
Patterson tweeted in February that the "Allegations are lies from person w bad mental problems & violent criminal history trying to blackmail me (sic)."
Escobar has not responded to repeated requests for comment.
In an interview in late February, Patterson said he asked Escobar to move out of his home after "becoming aware that she has severe mental health problems and a career of basically violent crime."
"She went into a rage," he said.
Escobar had lived with Patterson for about a year.
She had served as his campaign manager in 2010, and in December took on his ongoing reelection campaign.
While he couldn't refer to specific incidents, Patterson said Escobar has "a well-documented history" of past legal trouble related to domestic violence and "grand theft auto."
"It was in California, I think," he said.
Patterson, who's about 6 feet 3 inches tall and weights about 250 pounds, said he feared for his safety, and that of his nine-year-old daughter.
Patterson said Escobar has bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
"I think she's stopped taking her medication," he said.
Escobar was arrested on methamphetamine possession charges in La Paz County last month, following her allegations against Patterson.
A ranting email, allegedly written by her, that attacked the state's Democrats and illegal immigrants, among others, was circulated last month.
Escobar recently announced on Facebook that she was leaving the Democratic Party to become a Republican.