Patterson — apparently the Terror of the House — might lose his House seat as early as this afternoon, if the ethics committee votes that way and the House concurs.
The report the House received last week is a litany of charges, most of which involve threats, tantrums, more threats and more tantrums. To the extent that colleagues and staff feared for their safety.
Patterson says that most of this is just “politics,” folks who don’t like his self-described “independence.”
Another bully already got his comeuppance this morning. With his disbarment (you can read about it here), Andy Thomas’s reign of terror is over, even if he stretches it out for a few more months.
But Thomas — ever defiant, ever delusional, ever hubristic — had this to say:
“Today corruption has won and justice has lost. I brought corruption cases in good faith involving powerful people, and the political and legal establishment blatantly covered up and retaliated by targeting my law license. Arizona has some of the worst corruption in America, according to a recent national survey. The political witch hunt that’s just ended makes things worse by sending a chilling message to prosecutors: Those who take on the powerful will lose their livelihood.”
That was rich. Arizona has some of the worst corruption in America, Andy, in part because of what the Bar just “convicted” you for: abuse of power, using your office to attack political opponents, going on witch hunts. The very stuff you claim to be a victim of.
A message was sent, though: A powerful politician abusing his office so blatantly eventually gets what he deserves. Bullies might be feared. But someone eventually socks them in the mouth. Danny and Andy are finding that out.
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.