Patterson said Escobar has bipolar disorder, PTSD, and ADHD.
“I think she’s stopped taking her medication,” he said.
Patterson said Monday that he won’t resign from office.
“I’m not going to be blackmailed,” he said.
Escobar “wants a lot of money that I don’t owe her,” he said.
The “Phoenix political bosses” calling on him to step down “are going to look pretty foolish for rushing to judgment,” he said.
Patterson said the fact that he “doesn’t toe the party line” might be leading party officials to “throw me under the bus.”
“I might think about running as an independent,” he said.
Patterson’s ex-wife, Jeneiene Schaffer, made some very credible allegations in 2010 that he was violent toward her during their marriage and divorce proceedings. Patterson denied it and some prominent Arizona Dems, including the Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jeff Rogers, rallied around him. Rogers even provided Patterson with legal counsel in his divorce and in responding to the restraining order Schaffer filed against him. Now Patterson claims that ex-girlfriend and former campaign manager Georgette Escobar assaulted him repeatedly, not the other way around as she stated when she sought a restraining order. We do need to let the legal system run its course, as House Minority Leader Chad Campbell says. But Patterson is engaging in some really foul gaslighting via the internet here. Go away, Daniel Patterson.
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Bio: I grew up in Silver Spring, MD, and an adventurous streak led me to join the Navy. I moved to Arizona in 1997 after serving 10 years in the Navy to work in semi-conductor manufacturing. I got involved in national and Arizona politics in 2003. I ran for 2006 State Senate in Ahwatukee and was a Delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. I now live in North Central Phoenix with my boyfriend, Mark, and our three dogs. I've been blogging for Democratic Diva since 2007 about local and national politics with a strong emphasis on women's issues.