Idaho GOP leaders to ask lawmaker to resign

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They’re taking this step after Patterson’s concealed weapons permit was revoked by Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney for not disclosing his 1974 guilty plea in a Florida rape case on his application.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

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