As we discussed yesterday, a protest over the weekend in Grand Junction in support of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who is under investigation for a breach of election system security that resulted in proprietary data being leaked to far-right election conspiracy theorists was attended by freshman GOP state Rep. “Raging” Ron Hanks of Penrose. Hanks accused Secretary of State Jena Griswold of conducting a “false flag” operation against Peters’ office, asserting “there’s no evidence she did anything wrong”–while Cory Anderson of the so-called “Election Integrity Project” matter-of-factly described Peters’ direct role in copying the data in question.
Clearly, there’s a need for Peters’ defenders to get their stories straight.
On the subject of Peters’ replacement to run Mesa County elections after Peters was ruled incapable of doing so by the Secretary of State, however, Rep. Ron Hanks is coming out strongly against the appointment by Mesa County Commissioners of former SoS Wayne Williams, an appointment currently the subject of a court fight between the commishes and Griswold’s office. Even though Commissioner Scott McInnis claims Clerk Peters was fine with Williams running the elections a year ago when the possibility of a recall arose against Peters, according to Rep. Hanks today Williams might as well be in on the conspiracy:
The appointment of Colorado Springs City Councilman Wayne Williams to any position in Mesa County also seems questionable and ill-advised. As evidence compounds daily that the 2020 elections were replete with fraud, the confidence of the citizens of Colorado will not be restored by empowering a former Secretary of State responsible for bringing the suspect and vulnerable Dominion Voting Systems to Colorado. Williams is also is a consultant to the Runbeck Company, whose role in the 2020 election is under scrutiny by investigators.
Colorado Springs City Councilman Williams has called on Clerk Tina Peters to resign. He has no grounds nor evidence to make such a demand. In doing so, he has discredited himself by presuming Clerk Peters to be guilty – not innocent, as is the American legal standard – based on Jena Griswold’s shaky press conference and her Gestapo-style raid… [Pols emphasis]
It wouldn’t be Ron Hanks if it wasn’t offensive, folks! Hanks of course has no use for the replacement selected by the Colorado Secretary of State, former Clerk (and fellow Republican) Sheila Reiner. Ron Hanks says that even after Peters let some unauthorized rando make copies of secure election system data, turning off the security cameras to hide their actions before handing the data over to the guy a lot of people think is “Q”–data that once again did not produce evidence of anything nefarious–should still be in charge of Mesa County’s elections.