Rep. Patterson to Sheriff Raney: ‘The spotlight will be put on you’

Boise Republican Rep. Mark Patterson has a warning for Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney, who revoked Patterson’s concealed weapons license after learning of the lawmaker’s 1974 guilty plea to assault with intent to commit rape.

Patterson will confront Raney over the air in an appearance on 580 KIDO with host Kevin Miller Monday morning during the 7 o’clock hour.

“I’d like to say something directly to Sheriff Raney, because I know you’re listening to this,” Patterson says in a 25-second excerpt provided by Miller. “The spotlight that you and your friends in the media have put on me will be put on you as things move forward. The facts will be revealed and the public will be — and the public will be allowed, Idaho’s residents — to make a fully informed opinion of what the truth really is.”

Taped Friday, the interview is apparently the second granted since news of Patterson’s criminal background became public in a Statesman story Nov. 10. Patterson spoke to the Statesman Oct. 31, but has since declined comment to the paper. He issued a three-page statement alleging his accuser lied to Tampa, Fla., police in 1974 and that he agreed to plead guilty because he had been beaten in jail and feared for his life.

In a story last week by journalist Ben Swann, Patterson vowed to revive House Bill 219, the gun rights measure Patterson alleges prompted Raney’s action.

Patterson alleges Raney sought to retaliate, telling the Statesman: “This whole thing is to silence me, is to shut me down and silence me and get me the hell out of the way,”

Raney had denied Patterson’s allegation of motive, saying Patterson lied on his applications in 2007 and 2012 about an offense that makes him ineligible for a permit. “As to any retaliation, it is simply false and I presume an attempt to deflect the truth of the matter,” Raney has said.

As long as he remains in office, Patterson can still carry a concealed weapon in Idaho, but not in 29 state that have reciprocal license agreements.

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Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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