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GOP panel to meet amid calls for lawmaker to quit

GOP panel to meet amid calls for lawmaker to quit

By The Associated Press. CREATED Dec 17, 2013

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Boise Republicans are preparing to weigh in on Rep. Mark Patterson's political future as some call for his resignation following disclosure of his guilty plea in a 1974 rape case in Florida.

Patterson, a first-term GOP lawmaker from Boise, has been invited to appear Tuesday at the Legislative District 15 precinct committee meeting.

There, Republican officials including Sen. Fred Martin of Boise say they'll seek his resignation.

Patterson's problems began in November with the revelation that he lost his concealed weapons permit.

The local sheriff revoked it, saying Patterson lied on his application by not revealing that he'd pleaded guilty 39 years ago to assault with intent to commit rape.

Patterson contends he's the victim of police retaliation for legislation he sponsored.

It's not clear if he'll attend Tuesday's meeting.