Rep. Daniel Patterson has a lot of resources, and he can hire the best lawyers.
Year after year he gets in trouble, almost always involving violence, and his lawyer gets the charges dropped.
That does not mean he did nothing wrong. That just means that he will not be going to jail for it.
This is one of the reasons domestic violence victims stay quiet. There usually is no evidence for things that take place in the home. It becomes a “he-said, she-said” situation, and even to this day, Daniel Patterson is claiming that Georgette’s bruises are probably self-inflicted.
When one is a man of white privilege with resources against women with little to no resources, one can continue being a bully to the very end, even in the courtroom of justice, and powerful political connections can “influence” others. I won’t say much more about this because the main point is the following.
When the Ethics hearing begins on Daniel Patterson, the entire state and nation will see video testimony of all the victims so far. They can go back many years to people that were allegedly assaulted at the UA or the Game and Fish department.
We will hear Georgette tell her testimony.
And this will surely be something Daniel Patterson does not want public; his ex-wife will tell her story which will include years of abuse.
Is the world conspiring against Daniel Patterson? I’ll be the first to admit he votes the way I would like a progressive legislator to vote, but he has a problem with anger and physical violence against women. This is unacceptable, and there are other people out there who can vote the way he does without violence against women.
Daniel, you can hide behind your lawyer all you want, but the women’s voices will be heard, and your career and any chance of resurrecting it will be gone forever.
Resign immediately. Get some help. Maybe there is still a second-chance available for you in the future, but it is fading fast.
Of course, this is just my advice, my opinion, but consider that Bundgaard refused to resign until after his victim testified at his own Ethics hearing, and he had no choice but to slither away.