by Dan Gibson
House Speaker Andy Tobin has just announced that he has accepted the resignation of state Rep. Daniel Patterson. So that's over.
The text of the letter, below the cut.
April 11, 2012
Rep. Andy Tobin, Speaker, Arizona House of Representatives
Hon. Speaker Tobin & House Members - With this letter, I reluctantly resign now under strong protest.
I have been forced to resign due to the fact that the House has become a very hostile work environment for me. Due to his I am not longer able to serve my constituents in the way they deserve.
I do not agree with the Hobbs complaint, Manning report or the draconian expulsion recommendation of the Ethics Committee.
The unfair Ethics Committee violated House Rules, my constitutional rights to due process, and would not even allow me a real hearing to defend myself and question accusers.
The rights of Arizona voters and constituents in LD29 have been badly disrespected by the Ethics Committee.
The will and decision of voters has been violated by the House.
It has been an honor and a privilege to have earned the trust of my voters and serve four years in the House.
Rep. Daniel Patterson, Tucson-LD29