Mesa County Clerk Losing Her MAGA-Loving Mind

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters (R).

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:”

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:

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.

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  1. Golden Girl says:

    Peters is a dumb blond joke and like Calamity Jane gets her material from the right wing news desk. 

  2. Mr. L. Prosser says:

    There are many reasons I like living in Grand Junction: the Monument, the canyon country, the archaeology and history. If those reasons were cloth they would be extremely frayed right now. We're being represented by dangerous idiots from county offices to the state legislature and the House of Representatives.

  3. Voyageur says:

    Why do the most beautiful parts of this state attract the looniest people?  Even my beloved Eastern Plains, while replete with whack jobs, has saner officials than two – gun tootsie and Tiny Brain Tina!

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    I'm not up on some minutia concerning defamation.  Perhaps someone can tell me:

     * if someone expresses themselves by using a conditional formation (such as "software used in voting machines can be manipulated"), could it still be considered defamatory?

     * if an elected official is expressing opinions on what appears to be a private twitter account (@Bhealthynow), is there any way that expression becomes the responsibility of "the office" and thus puts taxpayers at risk of needing to defend the official or bear costs of any settlement?

     

    • 2Jung2Die says:

      Not a defamation lawyer neither, but I think this passage from the diary sounds pretty defamatory to me:

      In doing so, Peters repeats, without evidence, unproven claims that a Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems executive, Eric Coomer, admitted to doing just that…

      I could see how what you had in your first bullet point, "…can be manipulated…" is probably generic and leaves enough wiggle room that it might not cause her too much trouble.

  5. Meiner49er says:

    Monkey-see, Monkey-do. If it works to elevate Q-bert beyond her capabilities, why not give it a whirl, eh?

  6. JRRWIRED says:

    Clerk Peters just volunteered to join the defendants in Coomer’s lawsuit!

    I hope this is the case.  The only path forward is to disbar and sue the attorneys into compliance oblivion.  It only makes sense to hold people accountable for their statements.

  7. kickshot says:

    Moscow Mitch was a really on a roll there for a while …. actually speaking truth about the election. Actually scolding Cruz & Co.

    But then he returned to form and started to blame Ds for a long list of his whiny complaints.

    It all changed direction when he called dump's 2016 election legitimate.

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