Some Idaho Republican Leaders Ask Rep. Patterson To Resign

Dec 10, 2013

Credit Idaho Legislature

Update, 4:30 p.m.: Some Republican leaders in Boise have drafted a resolution calling for Rep. Mark Patterson's resignation and may meet on the matter next Tuesday.

Officials in District 15, which Patterson represents, say they're still mulling plans to discuss Patterson's future. Dan Luker, District 15's secretary, said the situation remains "fluid" and that no meeting agenda has been finalized.

But other District 15 leaders including Sen. Fred Martin are pushing to meet to resolve uncertainty over Patterson's political future one month before the 2014 Legislature.

Martin hopes Patterson resigns voluntarily.

Patterson has been the focus of attention since his concealed weapons permit was revoked in October by Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney for not disclosing his 1974 guilty plea in a Florida rape case on his application.

Patterson couldn't be reached Tuesday.

Original Story: Republican leaders in Boise have drafted a resolution calling for Rep. Mark Patterson's resignation.

Officials in District 15, which Patterson represents, are planning to meet next Tuesday on the matter.

They're taking this step after Patterson's concealed weapons permit was revoked by Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney for not disclosing his 1974 guilty plea in a Florida rape case on his application.

Patterson couldn't be reached Tuesday.

But District 15 leaders including Sen. Fred Martin have planned next week's meeting to resolve uncertainty over Patterson's political future with one month to go before the 2014 Legislature.

Martin said he's hopeful Patterson will resign voluntarily.

If he doesn't, however, Martin said many Republicans have concluded Tuesday's meeting and resolution are necessary to send a clear message that Patterson's behavior isn't acceptable.