UPDATE: DEC. 18, 2013 11:30 a.m.
Boise Republican Rep. Mark Patterson confirmed, in a brief statement Dec. 18, that he would be resigning from the Idaho Legislature.
Patterson's announcement came the morning after District 15 Republican precinct committee members voted "no confidence" in the one-term lawmaker.
Patterson said he would hand his resignation to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter sometime this week.
That means that the same District 15 Republican precinct committee will need to meet sooner than later and offer a short list of candidates to take over Patterson's seat in the Idaho House.
The Idaho Legislature convenes Monday, Jan. 7, when Otter delivers his State of the State address.
ORIGINAL POST: Dec. 18, 2013, 9 a.m.
It's formal: Boise Republican Rep. Mark Patterson's district GOP colleagues want him to quit.
With only three weeks until the Monday, Jan. 7, start of the 2014 Idaho Legislature, District 15 Republican precinct committee members huddled for three hours Dec. 17 and ultimately voted that they had "no confidence" in Patterson, who up until now has insisted that he had no reason to resign.
Patterson has been a controversial figure almost from the moment that Boiseans in District 15 first elected him to the House in November 2012. A few weeks after his win, it was revealed that Patterson's official biography didn't jibe with the truth. Among other things, he wrongly claimed he was a graduate of the University of Southern California and seemingly stretched the facts with a reference to his time as a “professional road-racing cyclist.”
And then in a November investigation by the Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey, it was revealed that Patterson had been arrested in Florida during the 1970s on a charge of rape. Patterson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of “assault with intent” in exchange for a withheld judgment and five years’ probation, from which he was released after only two years.
The Associated Press reports that two Boise Police Department officers were posted outside of the the closed-door Dec. 17 meeting after "some members of the committee expressed concerns for their safety."
Here is the text of the no-confidence resolution:
"That in the current climate, this committee has no confidence in Representative Patterson's ability to represent the people of District 15 and the state of Idaho in the Idaho House of Representatives. This committee requests that Representative Patterson tender his resignation.
"Further, this committee requests Senator (Fred) Martin and any others who have relevant information on Representative Patterson's conduct to immediately turn that information over to the House ethics committee chairman."