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Tucson lawmaker rejects calls for resignation

Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-Tucson (File photo)

State Rep. Daniel Patterson is rejecting calls by Democratic legislative leaders and an Arizona Democratic Party official that the Tucson Democrat resign from the Legislature.

The Tucson City Court confirmed that a woman obtained an order of protection against Patterson but officials declined to provide any details over the phone. Tucson police did not immediately return a call.

Democratic legislative leaders and party Executive Director Luis Heredia said Patterson should resign because his personal life is a distraction for his work in the Legislature.

Patterson denies any wrongdoing in connection with the woman who lived with him and says he hasn’t been charged, arrested, cited or invoked legislative immunity.

Patterson says it’s disappointing that party leaders are rushing to judgment.

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