Idaho Rep. Patterson defends 'I don't do Facebook' claim despite dozens of postings

Newly-elected Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, on Tuesday elaborated on his statement that campaign staff caused misstatements on his campaign biography which exaggerated his education and professional credentials.

Patterson addressed the question how he could say he never used Facebook when his campaign page has dozens of posts since 2010, most recently last week.

"I don't do Facebook," Patterson told John Miller of the Associated Press in a story published Monday.

Patterson told me Tuesday that he "was just recently shown how to post on the (Facebook) wall," and that campaign staff handled his campaign Facebook page.

The "Mark Patterson for State Representative" Facebook page launched in March 2010, when Patterson was running an losing primary challenge to Rep. Max Black, R-Boise. Black retired this year and Patterson won the seat Nov. 6 over Democrat Steve Berch.

Between March 2010 and the last posting on Dec. 10, I count 47 posts from "Mark Patterson for State Representative." Among them were endorsements, links, copies of Patterson campaign flyers and snapshots of Patterson and others.

I was able to make the count because Berch on Monday provided screen shots of postings from March 2010 to March 2012, most of which have been removed from the campaign site. (Berch counts "more than 50" postings; I get 47, but only count those directly from Mark Patterson for State Representative.)

Berch was upset with Patterson saying he didn't use Facebook, prompting him to issue a news release today. "Either Patterson was not truthful with the AP and knowingly misled the public by publishing a false resume, or he has outsourced his thinking to other people behind the scenes for the last 2 1⁄2 years," Berch said. "Either way, District 15 voters now have good reason to wonder who Mark Patterson really is.”

Patterson's full reply follows:

“The fact is I didn't remove the old stuff and was just recently shown how to post on the wall. The old stuff was from back in 2010 primary with Max Black. Berch was using that stuff so I had it removed. Everything else has been done for me by hired campaign help. That said, any inadvertent confusion about my professional and personal background is ultimately my responsibility. I am proud of my professional racing background as well as my practical engineering experience in petroleum exploration. My small business and manufacturing knowledge will help me serve the people of District 15 in the new Idaho Legislature.”

And Berch's news release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2012

Patterson falsified his resume; misrepresented himself to District 15 voters

He claims “I don’t do Facebook” even though he posted to it over 50 times.

Boise, Idaho – The Associated Press (AP) reports that Rep. Mark Patterson falsified his educational background on his campaign Facebook page. Patterson responded to the AP with yet another likely falsehood, claiming to not use Facebook despite being very active on the social networking site for over two years. Quoting from the AP story:

“Rep. Mark Patterson, R-Boise, was elected Nov. 6 in southwest Idaho’s District 15 following a campaign where his Facebook site listed him as a University of Southern California (USC) student in 1996 and a petroleum engineer. Patterson never attended USC and isn’t an engineer, though he once worked in Wyoming’s oil fields.”

When confronted with the evidence, Patterson blamed former campaign staffer and well- known Tea Party advocate, Lucas Baumbach, for posting the false information.

Steve Berch, who narrowly lost to Patterson in the November general election, responded, “It is telling that Patterson would quickly blame others and avoid taking responsibility for something published in his own name. If Patterson never even took the time to make sure his resume was factual, how much time will Patterson take to learn the facts of the issues upon which he will vote?”

Patterson then told the AP that he rarely uses the internet, saying, “I don’t do Facebook.”

Berch challenged the truthfulness of the claim, saying, “Patterson posted to his Facebook page over 50 times since it was created in 2010. That’s a lot of activity for someone who ‘doesn’t do Facebook’. Either Patterson was not truthful with the AP and knowingly misled the public by publishing a false resume, or he has outsourced his thinking to other people behind the scenes for the last 2 1⁄2 years. Either way, District 15 voters now have good reason to wonder who Mark Patterson really is.”

District 15 voters can find out who Rep. Patterson really is and where he stands on the issues by contacting him directly via the Idaho Legislature website at: http://legislature.idaho.gov/.

About Steve Berch: Steve Berch was the Idaho Democratic Party candidate for House Seat 15B in 2012. He has lived in District 15 for 31 years, arriving in 1981 to work for the Hewlett Packard Company. He was the strategic business planner for three HP divisions, managed a $75 million business and launched new marketing initiatives. Steve owns a consulting company that advises local small businesses on marketing and process improvement. He also does contract work for larger companies. He and his wife of 29 years, Leslie, have a daughter, Katie, who attends Centennial High School.

Contact Info: Steve Berch (Candidate): 890-9339 Email: berch4idaho@msn.com Website: www.berch4idaho.com

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What does it matter?

What does it matter? Patterson could kick puppies on a Sunday morning TV program and he would still get elected because he has an R behind his name. Voters just don't get it...the truth matters! Patterson is now already an embarrassment to the Idaho House of Representatives...join the crowd!

Do tell, Rep. Patterson

if you can find your way to the Statesman site, that is. Your "practical engineering experience in petroleum exploration," you say? We know you "worked in the oilfields" and took a correspondence course from a Texas community college, but please.

correspondence course?

Maybe we can run him as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Is Patterson too busy to be a Representative?

Here's what Mark Patterson told the Idaho Statesman when asked about the Mandatory Ultrasound bill during their recorded interview with him in May, 2012: "You know something; I never read that bill because, actually, I'm an extremely busy person."

The Mandatory Ultrasound bill was only three pages long - he says he never read it. His bio on Facebook was much shorter - he says he never read it. District 15 constituents have reason to wonder if Patterson is too busy to do his job as their Representative.

Steve Berch
District 15 constituent

Was Patterson serving as the

Was Patterson serving as the elected rep in May 2012 and didn't read the bill? If so, there is a problem.

Was Patterson not serving as an elected rep in May and didn't read the bill? If so, it wasn't his job yet.

Okay, so you're definitive, by default.

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Idaho: Keep electing wingnuts who think they know business

Even on his campaign website, he has a Facebook like from uber-wingnut Steven Thayn.

Fact is these guys 'don't know Jack' about business, especially business in the 21st century. They're still stuck in the 1950s. It's tragic, and when HP shuts down and Micron moves its HQ, these are the benighted people who'll yell & scream, "but we did soooo much for those guys!"...yeah, right.

Just what we need...

Another legislator who is 1) less than honest his constituents or 2) appears to lack competance in his job as a legislator.

I'm going to give Mr. Patterson the benefit of the doubt that he wasn't purposely trying to mislead voters. However, I hope this is a huge wake-up call that a legislator actually has to read and understand legislation, know what is being published in his name, take responsibility for his own campaign.

Mr. Patterson isn't off to a very good start. I hope he paid attention during the ethics training.

and speaking of wake-up calls

I hope this is a similar one for people looking to hire campaign staffers in the future. Put in wrong information and when it's detected, say it's the candidate's fault for not proofreading it?

Given his track record, who would let Lucas Baumbach

post anything on your behalf without approving it first?

Don't do Facebook! Be civil and tweet it flowers.

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He had to learn how to post on Facebook?

And now we will get to experience his expertise as he votes on ed technology issues? Thanks again, and again, and again, republican voters.

I wouldn't know? Newbies are probably green as well.

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So someone that lost an

So someone that lost an election is upset about it and is stirring up anything they can find to dirty the reputation and distract the voters about the person that won.

yawn. Nothing new there. Try getting some real newsworthy material next time please.

Interesting how a snippet of

Interesting how a snippet of Patterson's conversation is included, but the entire multiple paragraph press release including signature and 3 different forms of contact information are provided for the (D) candidate that lost the race.