Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, said Wednesday he’s pleased to have weeks of controversy surrounding former Rep. Mark Patterson over and eager to work with the reshaped District 15 all-GOP legislative delegation. Martin led the call for Patterson to resign, which finally happened Dec. 2o.
Patterson’s replacement, Rep. Patrick McDonald, was sworn in Tuesday on the House floor. Martin and the third District 15 lawmaker, House Ethics Committee Chairman Lynn Luker, were on hand and posed for the photograph below.
“I was very proud to have a picture taken with the three representatives from District 15,” Martin said. “I believe we have a very, very strong delegation to represent the good people of the district.”
Martin, who was elected in 2012 along with Patterson, said they never quite saw eye to eye.
“Being a representative of the people, you need to listen and communicate,” Martin said. “And to me (Patterson) just didn’t have the ability to listen or communicate.”
Martin said he takes seriously the challenge McDonald will likely face from Democrat Steve Berch, who lost to Patterson by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin and announced Wednesday he’s running again.
“Pat’s got to represent the district well here and then campaign hard,” Martin said. “Berch would have an advantage in the fact he’s run before. He’s worked very, very hard going door-to-door, getting up yard signs and raising money.”