Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Rep. Daniel Patterson (Ind.-Tucson) had until this morning to file his response to the House Ethics Committee special investigators’ report.
Patterson filed a lengthy response to the special investigators’ report claiming that the report is full of unsubstantiated claims and that rumors have been put forth as statements of fact.
The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports Patterson says ethics investigation politically motivated; panel to meet on next step - Arizona Capitol Times:
The House Ethics Committee met briefly this morning, then recessed after confirming receipt of the Tucson lawmaker’s formal response to the ethics report.
Rep. Ted Vogt, the Republican Ethics Committee chairman from Tucson, said the committee will reconvene once its members review Patterson’s response.
Vogt said he’s still not sure how soon the committee could make its formal recommendation to the whole House.
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Once the committee members have a chance to review his response, the ethics members could decide to make their recommendation to the whole body immediately afterward, which could include a recommendation to remove him from office.