Arizona Eagletarian

Arizona Eagletarian

Friday, March 18, 2011

Daniel Patterson

As of today, my post about state Rep. Daniel Patterson's situation has gotten more hits than any other on the Arizona Eagletarian.

Marshall MacFarland of the Desert Rat Blog posted a link to it in this forum.  A couple of comments there about Patterson are provocative, though I'm not sure to what degree they are credible.  However, it seems that the old adage, "where there's smoke, there's fire" might apply.  People who know Patterson politically or professionally seem to share a consistent impression that he has anger management issues.

The Arizona Guardian also recently wrote about Patterson.  I'd share the link but one has to have a subscription to read it anyway (and I am also not currently a subscriber).

I have to wonder when the other shoe is going to drop for (or on) Patterson.  There's apparently still no evidence he is complying with court orders for child and spousal support.

While Patterson will likely avoid any legislative ethics investigation because he hasn't pulled rank or invoked legislative privilege like Bundgaard did, he still deserves to be scorned publicly, at least until he makes good by financially supporting his child and estranged wife.

Oh, and there's also that minor detail about where Patterson lives.  He (and his divorce attorney) have been very coy about Patterson's residence.  I've been told that investigators have documented him living outside of his district.  Yet, because the house his wife lives in (for now) is in his name (and in LD 29), he probably thinks he can skate (or dance) around any claims that he is violating provisions in state law requiring him to reside in his district.

1 comment:

  1. Diane D'AngeloMarch 20, 2011 at 7:43 AM

    The willingness of name Democrats to look the other way in this matter is indicative of everything that's wrong with politics today. There are those of us in the party who've been willing to call Patterson on his behavior. Mostly, however, I've encountered two reactions from Democratic electeds and activists: openly ignoring the matter on Facebook and other social media - while congratulating themselves for going after "that bully" Russell Pearce, or off-line conversations asking for the inside scoop.