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Rep. Patterson allows campaign website domain name to expire

Embattled Idaho Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, has let his campaign website domain name expire, the Idaho Statesman reports, in a sign that he may not seek re-election. Patterson is the freshman lawmaker who recently had his concealed weapons permit revoked for not revealing a 1974 guilty plea and withheld judgment for assault with intent to commit rape; he’s lashed back at Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney, contending the revocation was retaliation for his sponsorship of a controversial gun bill and his scrutiny of the Idaho Sheriffs Association. Even after his concealed weapon permit was revoked, Patterson continues to fall under the exception in Idaho law that lets elected officials carry concealed weapons without a permit.

You can read Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey’s full post here; Popkey notes that Patterson already has drawn a primary election challenger, longtime Idaho State Police officer and former U.S. Marshal Patrick McDonald, who filed in August to run for the seat in the May GOP primary.

Rep. Patterson considers suing sheriff

Embattled Idaho state Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, is now threatening to sue Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney for revealing Patterson’s 1974 guilty plea and withheld judgment for assault with intent to commit rape, the Idaho Statesman reports today. The freshman lawmaker told KIDO radio that the sheriff wants to “write me off as some kind of criminal and a nut job,” the newspaper reported. Raney revoked Patterson’s concealed weapon permit after determining that he twice lied on his application by failing to disclose the 1974 case. Raney told Statesman reporter Dan Popkey, “We had a duty and followed it. Any suggestion otherwise is false.”

Popkey reported that Patterson also said during the radio interview that he may not seek re-election in 2014, and didn't rule out resigning from office; the Statesman article is online here.

Ada sheriff accuses Reps. Patterson, Boyle of ethics violations

In the latest twist in the tale of Rep. Mark Patterson, the Boise GOP lawmaker whose concealed weapon permit was revoked by the county sheriff because Patterson failed to reveal his guilty plea and withheld judgment in a decades-old Florida rape case, the Idaho Statesman reports today that Ada Sheriff Gary Raney has filed an ethics complaint against Patterson and Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, charging that they used their public office for personal gain - by requesting legal advice from the Idaho Attorney General's office, but using it not for the duties of their office, but for Patterson's own case. “Because Rep. Patterson procured and used this advice for his personal benefit, this is a violation of the Ethics in Government Act,” Raney wrote House Speaker Scott Bedke on Oct. 31. The ethics law provides for civil penalties of up to $500 for using public office for personal gain.

Raney goes further, saying if Boyle knowingly obtained legal advice for Patterson's personal benefit, she also committed a crime of theft through diversion. The Attorney General's office told Statesman reporter Dan Popkey that it is required by law to respond to requests from legislators, and it doesn't inquire as to the lawmakers' motivation in asking the questions. Popkey's full report is online here; click below for a shorter version of the story from the Associated Press. Patterson maintains Raney and the Idaho Sheriff's Association are out to get him because he sponsored HB 219, unsuccessful legislation to criminalize police officers who enforce new federal gun restrictions that might be passed, and then scrutinized the sheriff's association's activities and spending after it raised concerns about his bill.

Idaho lawmaker’s concealed weapon permit revoked for failing to reveal past felony

The story that has Idaho political circles buzzing this morning is about a state lawmaker from Boise whose concealed weapon permit has been revoked, after he lied twice on his application – failing to mention a withheld judgment and guilty plea to a change of assault with intent to commit rape in Florida in 1974, a felony. Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, a first-term lawmaker, told Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey, “I was a young kid.” He was 21 at the time.

Patterson was charged in 1974 with forcible rape, after the victim said he forced her to have sex twice and threatened to have his Doberman pinscher attack her if she refused, according to police reports. He served time in jail before agreeing to plead guilty and receive a withheld judgment and probation; he also was ordered to leave Florida on the day of his sentencing.

The Idaho permit application asks, “Have you ever had an entry of a withheld judgment for a criminal offense which would disqualify you from obtaining a concealed weapons license?” Patterson twice answered no.

Court records show Patterson was charged in a separate rape case three years later in Cincinnati for rape “by means of forcibly choking and threatening” a woman, the Statesman reported. “I was acquitted — then obviously I didn't do it,” Patterson said.

Patterson, who unsuccessfully pushed legislation to criminalize cops who enforce new federal gun-restriction laws that might be enacted, claims Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney is targeting him because of his legislation and because he scrutinized the Idaho Sheriffs Association’s spending and policies. “This whole thing is to silence me,” Patterson told Popkey.

Raney dismissed the idea. “The questions that Mr. Patterson raises and the allegations he makes are irrelevant to the fact that he lied on his initial application and his renewal application,” the sheriff said.  “That and only that is the reason for our actions.” Popkey’s full report is online here, including excerpts from the police reports and news of a primary challenger for Patterson; click below for a shorter version of the story from the Associated Press. Patterson had earlier come under fire for misrepresenting his education and background during his campaign, with his campaign website falsely claiming he was a petroleum engineer and had attended the University of Southern California; and for falsely claiming to have been a professional road-racing cyclist. He operates a lubricant manufacturing plant called Rock 'N' Roll Lubricants.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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