The campaign website operated by Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, has gone dark, a possible signal that Patterson won't seek re-election in the May 2014 primary.
In an interview that aired Nov. 18 on 580 KIDO, Patterson told interviewer Kevin Miller, I dont know what Im going to do in the future as far as re-election or anything goes.
Three days later, Patterson let his campaign domain name, PattersonForIdaho, expire, according to domain registrar GoDaddy. "NOTICE: This domain name expired on 11/21/2013 and is pending renewal or deletion," appears atop the page when navigating to PattersonforIdaho.
In the interview with Miller, Patterson also said he was considering suing Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney. Raney told the Statesman in October that he had moved to revoke Patterson's concealed weapons license because Patterson failed to disclose he'd received a withheld judgement after pleading guilty to assault with intent to commit rape in Florida in 1974.
Patterson's lawyer, Alexandria Kincaid, participated in the KIDO interview and said Patterson has had calls to resign. Said Kincaid: I think the proper course of action for Rep. Mark Patterson we dont know yet. We dont know what it is.
Patterson did not reply to a request for comment Monday.
Patterson told the Statesman in October that Raney's disclosure of the revocation was in retaliation for Patterson's advocacy of House Bill 219, a gun rights bill opposed by Raney. Another Patterson attorney, Wade Woodard, has said Raney should not have discussed the case with the Statesman because records regarding concealed weapons licenses are confidential under Idaho Code 18-3302K (5). Raney has said his disclosure of the revocation is not confidential.
In August, former U.S. Marshal Patrick E. McDonald filed paperwork to began a challenge to Patterson in the 2014 primary. McDonald was appointed U.S. marshal for Idaho by President George W. Bush, serving from 2002 to 2010. He spent 33 years as an Idaho State Police officer, retiring as a captain.
To read the Statesman's coverage of the Patterson story and key documents, click here.