As the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports, GOP Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, who once defended the integrity of the recent elections carried out in part by her office on Dominion Voting Systems hardware, has…lapsed into behavior substantially less responsible:
Despite public statements that Colorado’s election system is safe and secure, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters posted a tweet Sunday saying just the opposite.
In responding to a series of tweets from U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., denouncing his Senate colleagues for their planned attempts to challenge the Electoral College certification on Wednesday during a joint session of Congress, Peters responded that ballots can be counted more than once and that software used in voting machines can be manipulated.
In doing so, Peters repeats, without evidence, unproven claims that a Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems executive, Eric Coomer, admitted to doing just that…
As readers may know, Eric Coomer of Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems has filed suit against Donald Trump’s campaign, Rudy Giuliani, and Trump agit-prop outlets Newsmax and OANN among others for defamation after baseless allegations about his company’s products resulted in death threats against Coomer and his family. Coomer wrote in December in a Denver Post op-ed:
The constant repetition of these baseless rumors has not only brought harm to me but also to my family. These lies that aim to ruin my reputation, my livelihood, my relationships, my well-being, and my life will not go unanswered. These fabrications and attacks against me have upended my life, forced me to flee my home, and caused my family and loved ones to fear for my safety, and I fear for theirs.
Well folks, it looks to us like Clerk Peters just volunteered to join the defendants in Coomer’s lawsuit! Hopefully she’s got a libel rider on her insurance policy. And in a separate response to Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania defending his state’s election results, Peters plants her flag as a full-on “election truther:”
Their intent is not to “overturn” the election.
This was not an election. This was planned fraud on a grand scale. If you refuse to acknowledge that you WILL NOT be re-elected. We need others in your place that uphold the Constitution and preserve our Republic.
— Tina Marie Peters (@Bhealthynow) January 3, 2021
This despite what she said back in November, reports the Sentinel:
Days after the Nov. 3 election, Peters, a Republican, and several members of her election staff said the 2020 general election in the county went off without a hitch, and passed its risk-limiting audit with flying colors.
Now before you get whiplash trying to reconcile Clerk Peters’ apparently 180-degree about face on how the 2020 elections went, we should probably note that Peters seems to be having trouble keeping her grip on reality on several different contemporary news fronts:
Also, the vaccines are troubling in the mechanics in the RNA. I don’t want anyone messing with my RNA, my DNA or anything else – MY BODY, my right!
— Tina Marie Peters (@Bhealthynow) December 13, 2020
So, there’s that. What we will say is that if Clerk Peters has any evidence to back up her claims about voting machines–first that what she suggests is even hypothetically possible, and then evidence that ballots were actually counted twice or software manipulated as she suggests–she really needs to stop dodging reporters and prove that. If Clerk Peters could demonstrate any of her statements to be factual or even a little bit plausible, we’re pretty sure she’d have Rudy Giuliani on a plane to Grand Junction the next day for a press conference at Four Seasons Plumbing and Heating.
Peters, who was hit with calls to resign herself after hundreds of uncounted ballots from the 2019 elections were discovered months later in her office, may have just done in whatever remains of her credibility. We promise to follow up either way.