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Patterson Response

Patterson Response

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State Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson, response to allegations in a special counsel's report to the House Ethics Committee.
State Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson, response to allegations in a special counsel's report to the House Ethics Committee.

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April10,2012HonorableRep.TedVogt,Chairman,HouseEthicsCommittee
Mr.
Chairman
&
CommitteeMembers-HereisthebestresponsetothespecificallegationsintheManningdraftreportIcouldprepareintheveryshorttimeframeI'vebeenallowed.ItisveryimportantfortheCommitteetomeet,discussanddecidethesubstantialHouseRulesandotherissuesraisedinmyMarch28letter(attached),andtheissueshere,beforemakinganymoremoves.Ihavestillreceivednoresponsetothisimportantletter.
If
youdecidetoproceed,wecoulddiscusseverythingindetailinarealhearing.TheHobbscomplaintshouldbedismissednowbasedonRulesviolationsIraiseinmyMarch28lettertoyou.TheManningreport,whichfailstestsofwhatatrueindependentinvestigationshouldbe,shouldalsobedismissednow.NearlyalloftheclaimsintheManningreportarenotsubstantiated.Asadulyelectedandlawfullyseatedlegislator,IwouldliketodiscussanyandallwiththeaccusersandCommitteeinpersonandindetailinafairhearingprocessifyoudecidetoproceed.Ibelievethecurrentprocesshasnotbeenclearorfair.Itisimportanttoconsiderwhatshouldbetheprocesshere,which.The
NationalCo1iference
rif
StateLegislatures
saysBasicElementsofaFairDisciplinaryProcessshouldinclude:
Aconfidential,preliminaryinvestigationshouldtakeplacepromptlytodeterminewhetherfurtheractioniswarranted.Theaccusedmembershouldbenotifiedoftheissuesunderreview.Anyhearingshouldbeconductedtopreservedecorum,restrictevidenceandtestimonytothewrittenchargesandupholdtherightoftheaccusedtoquestionwitnessesandcallwitnesses.Thefullmembershipofthechambershouldmakethefinaldetermination.
It
mayvotetoaccept,rejectorinsomeinstancesamendtherecommendation.
I
will
offerspecificline-by-linebriefresponsesbelow.AnythatmaybeunclearorneedfurtherexplanationIrequestafullopportunitytodiscusswiththeCommitteeinperson.IhaveneverviolatedTheHouseEthicsCode,Rule34,norhasthisevenbeenalleged.Otherlawmakerssharemyconcerns.PleaseseeRep.Ash
&
Fillmore'sApril9lettertoSpeakerTobin,underattachmentsbelow.Respectfully,Rep.DanielPatterson(fucson-LD29)
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ResponsetoManning'sPreliminaryStatement
(p.
2-6):Thescopeofthisinvestigationis
far
tooliberalandbroad,wayoutsideanyspecificissuesraisedinthecomplaint.Manningrefusedtoanswermyquestionsaboutthescopeofthereport,asisdocumentedine-mailsIcouldprovidetheCommittee
if
requested.Itisclearheusedaveryliberalviewandwentona'fishingexpedition'againstme,perhapsfaroutsidewhattheCommitteeeverintended.Manningnevernameswhoheinterviewed,orwhohedidnot.Hedoesn'tevenofferanumberofpeopleinterviewed.Thisisabigproblemandseverelycompromisesmyabilitytorespond.Thesupposedanonymousallegationsinthereportmustbedismissedandnotconsidered.Itseemsmanylobbyists,staffandlawmakerswerenotinterviewedbyManning.Whynot?Atleastonelawmakertoldmetheywereinterviewed,buttheirperspective
in
supportofmewasnotincludedanywhere
in
thereport.Likelythislawmaker'ssupportofmewasnotincludedbecausethereportwaspreparedtoserveapre-determinedpoliticaloutcometoattackmycharacter.Manningnevermadepropertimetomeetwithmeandmycounsel.Weoffereduptotwo
full
daystomeet,March23and/orMarch30.Despitehisclaimofdevotingsignificantresourcestohisreport,hedeclinedtotraveltoTucsontomeetwithme.Thisisalldocumented
in
e-mailsthatIcouldsharewiththeCommitteeifrequested.IendeduponlyhavingaonehourconferencewithManningcalltodiscuss,fartooshort.Heneveraskedmeaboutanyoftheissuesandallegationsinhisreport.Manning'srefusaltoholdasignificantmeetingwithmehasbadlycompromisedhisalreadybiasedreport.Thereport'sclaim.thatover80%ofthoseinterviewedbelievedIwasaproblemfortheHouseisreckless
(p.
3,line14).80%ofwhom?Thereportdoesnotsaywhowasinterviewedandwhowasnot.Thisfigureisnotreliableandmustbedismissed.Manningalsomakesclaimsabouttheother20%
(p.
4,line3)butdismissestheseviews.Theseunreliableandmanipulatedfiguresreallyindicatenothing.Thereport'sclaimthatIam'delusional'isoffensiveandwrong.Manningisnotqualifiedtomakethisstatementsimplybecausehemaydisagreewithmeonthescopeandotherissuesonhowhepreparedhisbiased,pre-determinedreport.Thereportislitteredwithderogatorytermsandjudgmentsofthelawyersthatwroteit,notnecessarilyconsistentwiththeviewsofothers.Thereportpayslip-servicetothemyththatitwas'governedbya...presumptionthatthepeople'schoice...isnearlyinviolable.'
(p.
3,line12)IagreewiththisprincipleofourAmericanDemocracy,butitisclearthereportdoesnotfollowthisprinciple.ThereportclaimsIputburdenson'thelegislativeinterestsofeveryotherlegislativedistrict'
(p.
4,line
1)
butdoesnotsayhow.Thisstretchofaclaimisunsupportedanduntrue.NolawmakerhasevercometomewithanyconcernsthatIhaveburdenedinterestsoftheirdistrict.ResponsetoSummaryofConclusionsandRecommendations:Point1
(p.
4,line13)Thisclaimisnotsubstantiated,andforreasonsaboveshouldbedismissed.ThesearetheclaimsofManningandhislawyers,notnecessarilyamajorityofpeopleattheHouse.Point2
(p.
4,line16)Thisclaimisnotsubstantiated,andforreasonsaboveshouldbedismissed.IdonotignoretheRulesoftheHouse,civilityandprofessionalism.
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Point3
(p.
4,line18)Thisclaimisnotsubstantiated,andforreasonsaboveshouldbedismissed.ItisalsobasedonsupposedanonymousstatementsthatmustnotbeacceptedbytheCommittee.Idonotroutinelyabuse,assaultandharassanyone.IwouldliketodiscussthiswiththeaccusersandCommitteeinpersonandindetailPoint4
(p.
4,line20)Thisclaimisnotsubstantiated,andforreasonsaboveshouldbedismissed.IhaveneverharmedanyoneattheHouseandInever
will.
AsfarasIknow,noonehaseverlegitimatelysoughtprotectionfrommeattheHouse.Point5
(p.
4,line23)Thisrecklessclaimisnotsubstantiated.Iexpecttobefullyclearedofallallegationsinatealcourtoflaw.Point6
(p.
5,line1)Thisclaimisnotsubstantiated,andforreasonsaboveshouldbedismissed.Ihaveneversaidthistostaff,andtheanonymousnatureofthisclaimcannotbeaccepted.IalsodisagreewithhowManningclaimsIrespondedto
him
aboutit.Point7
(p.
S,line
7)
ThisrecklessclaimhasbeenprovenfalseasMs.Escobar'srecantingofherallegationsagainstmeonfacebookwasconfirmedtoCapitolreporterHowieFischerandreportedintheArizonaDailyStar.Point8
(p.
S,line12)Thisclaimisnotsubstantiatedandistotallyfalse.Ihaveneversoughtpersonalfavorsofanykind,includingsex,inexchangeformyvote.Thisanonymousclaimisoffensiveandwrong.IwouldliketodiscussthiswiththeaccusersandCommittee
in
personandindetail.Point9
(p.
5,line14)Thisclaimisnotsubstantiated.Iwouldliketodiscuss
this
withtheaccusersandCommittee
in
personand
in
detail.Point10
(p.
S,line16)Thisclaimisnotsubstantiated.IwouldliketodiscussthiswiththeaccusersandCommittee
in
personandindetail.Point11
(p.
5,line18)Thisclaimisnotsubstantiated.IwouldliketodiscussthiswiththeaccusersandCommittee
in
personandindetail.
(p.
6,line1)Thereport'sclaimthatIshouldbeexpelledisnotsubstantiated.IwouldliketodiscussthiswiththeCommitteeinpersonand
in
detail.
It
isalsounclearthattheCommitteeevenaskedManningforhisrecommendationondiscipline.ResponsetoInvestigativeAnalysis:
(p.
7,line14)ThereportdisregardscommonstandardsfordueprocessacceptedasnormalinAmerica,includingtheneedforhearing(s).Idisagree.
(p.
8,line8)TheHobbscomplaintisnotbasedonrealpersonalknowledge,asIdetailedtotheCommitteeinmyMarch28letter.ThereforeitviolatesHouseEthicsCommitteeRule12andmustbedismissed,alongwiththereportitcreated.
(p.
8,line21)Manning'sclaimthatIhave'beengiventheprocessdue
him'
asofMarch30isoffensive,unsupportedandwrong.Ihavenothadproperdueprocess.
(p.
9,line20)Thereport'sclaimthatIhave'madefalsestatements'and'withoutremorseorconsideration...'iswrong.Thisclaimisnotsubstantiated.IwouldliketodiscussthiswiththeCommittee
in
personandindetail.This
claim
appearstobebasedonthenowmootand
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