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Greg Patterson, Scandalized Arizona Regent and Ex-Blogger, Wants Back in Capitol

by Yolando B. Adams

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio broke the information in an email to the general public on Wednesday afternoon looking for aid for Patterson’s bid for a seat in Legislative District 18 of the House. DiCiccio requested Republican and Independent citizens to sign Patterson’s online petition to run in the Republican primary in August for the seat.

Patterson, a Tempe resident, known as again after publication — scroll down to study what he said.

He hadn’t even introduced his run publicly himself but nor put together a campaign internet site or Facebook web page. Neither his vintage blog website, the conservative, media-ripping, regularly amusing-to-read EspressoPundit.Com, nor his Twitter website have been up to date when you consider that 2017.

Patterson is an accountant and lawyer who previously served in the House from 1991 to 1995. Since then, as DiCiccio covered in his email, Patterson has been a former leader of the team of workers for State Senator Brenda Burns (now an Arizona Corporation Commissioner), a director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office, and a board member of the Maricopa Integrated Health System.

Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer appointed Patterson to the seven-member Board of Regents in 2012, and he served as chair until 2017.

What DiCiccio’s e-mail didn’t mention changing into that Patterson resigned from the board following public outrage over statements he made in a recording that disparaged a sitting lawmaker, Mark Finchem, a Republican from Oro Valley.

In a February 2017 assembly with Finchem and another legislator, Jill Norgaard, approximately the cost of better training, Patterson criticized Finchem’s cowboy fashion, along with his “Sunday-pass-to-assembly” tie and mustache.

“I might start through announcing the costume doesn’t paintings,” Patterson told Finchem. “You recognize, trim that down, buy a suit. Decide wherein you want to be, but this isn’t it.”

Patterson secretly recorded the meeting, then emailed a copy of it to the board’s group of workers, writing, “Gather around the pc at lunch and play this please.”

The Arizona Republic acquired a copy of the recording and published it, main to Patterson’s resignation three years before his time period ended. Patterson apologized for the rant in a weblog publish, which he considered the fact that deleted, pronouncing he had been in a “caffeine-induced rage.”

DiCiccio, in his email, referred to Patterson as “a pillar of our network” and an Arizona State University supporter.

Patterson will be vying for a seat with incumbent Norgaard and numerous different applicants for the 2 seats in District 18, and each desires to collect 500 signatures, DiCiccio said.

Norgaard, who lives in Ahwatukee, believes that Patterson needs to have allowed others in the meeting to know he became recording it. She’s forgiven Patterson for his transgression and vows to work together with her fellow legislator, irrespective of who it’s miles. Still, she brought that even though political discussions may get heated, “on the cease of the day, humans do not engage in ad hominem assaults — they have to be able to work together.”

Besides Norgaard, Republican Farhana Shifa has filed her nominating signatures and is strolling inside the LD18 GOP number one.

On the Democratic facet, Representative Mitzi Epstein (who is running for reelection), Jennifer Jermaine, and Ladawn Stuben have released campaigns for the LD18 House seats.

UPDATE: Patterson was known as later in the afternoon to speak approximately his candidacy and qualifications

“For the ultimate 30 years, I’ve been in public provider almost continuously,” he said.

Besides his aforementioned provider history, he said that his last bid for the public workplace wasn’t his unsuccessful 1994 run for the Corporation Commission; however, his 2008 victory got at the board of the Maricopa Integrated Health System.

His awareness inside the Legislature, ought to he make it there once more, would be “all training and health care,” thinking about his experience in the one’s fields.

Farhana Shifa

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Besides Patterson, Raphel Ahmed, husband of Farhana Shifa, also were given again to Phoenix New Times after seeing this article. They’re miffed that DiCiccio didn’t point out her in his letter, as an alternative appearing to returned a past due to access to the GOP number one race in place of one of the human beings (Shifa and Norgaard) who have already submitted their nominating signatures. Both Ahmed and Shifa are GOP precinct committeemen who worked on his reelection campaign closing yr, he stated.

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“Obviously, we’re dissatisfied,” Ahmed said of DiCiccio’s apparent oversight. When Ahmed alerted Shifa to the New Times article and DiCiccio’s letter, she grew to become round and said “this is politics” earlier than leaving for an assembly.

Asked about Shifa’s issues, DiCiccio spokesman Sam Stone wrote that the relationship of Patterson and DiCiccio goes manner returned, and Patterson become “instrumental in Sal’s first campaign.”

Besides, he added, Patterson requested for DiCiccio’s aid.

“And as the sitting consultant — a person we paintings with extensively in our office — Sal desired to make certain Jill Norgaard turned into included,” Stone went on. “Sal will wholeheartedly guide our nominees irrespective of who comes out beforehand within the number one.”

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