Arizona Lawmakers Compare Colleague’s Troubles To Trayvon Martin Case | Talking Points Memo

It’s probably not the defense state Rep. Daniel Patterson was hoping for.

Troubled and accused of violence, the Arizona lawmaker saw two of his fellow legislators come to his defense on Tuesday by comparing him to none other than George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer at the center of a national firestorm for killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.Patterson, a longtime Arizona Democrat who recently became an independent, has been accused of dragging his girlfriend from a car and terrifying one of his fellow legislators so much that she now sleeps with a weapon at her side. As a result, he could be thrown out of office as early as this week.

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