I think we should step back, take a deep breath and remember a few details: There's an element of "he said, she said..." The underlying relationship is over. The parties have apologized. This needs to run a full legal course...and no one has even been charged. It shouldn't be tried in the media. In fact, it's already old news. And, ultimately, the courts and the voters will decide.
So I think that any calls for Representative Daniel Patterson to resign are premature. Naturally, I'm talking about this.
What did you think I was talking about?
Sen. Aboud and the rest of the Senate Dems have no credibility on this issue because of the way they ignored Rep. Patterson. However, Senators Gould and Crandall have called for Bundgaard to step down as Majority Leader. That means it's over. Scott can try to hang on, but a Majority Leader has no institutional power. He serves at the pleasure of the caucus and if they no longer have confidence in him then he has to step down. Scott will figure that out later this week. He would be smart to exit with some grace and not force the caucus to vote him out.
Bundgaard supporters are claiming that Gould sees Bundgaard as a political competitor for a possible run at Trent Franks' seat. That's ridiculous. While Bundgaard my be able to complete his term and it's possible--but unlikely--that he could get re-elected*, there's not a snowball's chance that he's a viable Congressional candidate.
Footnote: If Bundgaard runs for re-election, Harper will take him out. They despise each other and the only reason Harper left the Senate was that he was term limited. Absent the term limit issue, Harper probably would have defeated Bundgaard in a head-to-head match up in 2010. But I can't imagine Bundgaard beating Harper now.