Five months ago, embattled Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters was approaching what we now know to have been the peak of her status as a right-wing celebrity. In late March, Peters had bonded out of jail and was seemingly everywhere, her name filling the pages of major publications across the country. Six weeks later, Peters was appearing at red carpet-ish events and enjoying the trappings of being the top-line vote getter at the State Republican Party assembly in the race for Secretary of State.
By the time the calendar had turned to July, Peters’s magical carriage had returned to pumpkin form. Peters was back to violating her bond conditions and trying to force local recounts of ballots from a Primary Election in which she was soundly beaten by Republican Pam Anderson. Though Peters was able to raise a sizable amount of money for an official recount, the final results merely confirmed what everyone else already understood: The show was over.
Peters will not be on the ballot in November, and she might not even be a free woman by the time the 2022 election comes to an end.
— Charles Ashby (@OldNewsman) August 17, 2022
As Charles Ashby explains for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Republican District Attorney Dan Rubinstein has had more than enough of Peters:
Indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters wants to leave the state to attend an event in Missouri, but District Attorney Dan Rubinstein is asking the court to deny it.
Peters, who faces multiple criminal counts of tampering with election equipment and misconduct in office, is asking District Judge Matthew Barrett for permission to attend an election denier event in Springfield, Missouri, hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell next week.
That event, called the Moment of Truth Summit, is to show a film Lindell had commissioned that featured Peters and her attempts to prove election fraud.
While Peters’ request says she needs to go to the event to further her “business interests,” Rubinstein says it’s all bunk.
“Ms. Peters is seeking permission to leave the state so that she can be celebrated as a hero for conduct that a grand jury has indicted her for, and claims this is necessary to further her business interests, at a time where she continues to draw a substantial salary as the elected clerk and recorder, while doing no work for the county … paying her,” Rubinstein wrote Tuesday in his objection to her request.
“The undersigned, on behalf of the county I represent, object to his request,” he added. “(I) do not believe it is necessary, and represent to the court that this may be the most offensive travel request the undersigned has seen.” [Pols emphasis]
Peters is still receiving a salary as Mesa County Clerk and Recorder — even though she is not allowed to have any contact with the clerk’s office — but no amount of grift is enough for the true con artist. Peters wanted to travel to Missouri, apparently, because she was going to be paid for her attendance at the latest event funded by the “MyPillow Guy.”
As if that weren’t enough, last week Ashby reported that Peters’s entire crusade for the office of Secretary of State was a cause she didn’t believe in herself:
Despite her repeated accusations that Democrats and some Republicans are being “selected” for their elected positions, indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters last year asked the local Republican Party chairman to ensure that she be the only GOP candidate running for her seat. [Pols emphasis]
Mesa County GOP Chairman Kevin McCarney said that when Peters approached him months before anyone officially declared their candidacy for county clerk, she asked that he make sure no one else got into that race.“She called me and said, ‘Hey, would you please keep anybody else from running for clerk?’ ” McCarney told The Daily Sentinel. “I’m like, ‘Tina? Really? No. I don’t do that.’ There have been other Republican chairs who have tried to do things like that. I won’t do it.”
All that is somewhat ironic since Peters has made it a centerpiece of her still-unproven claims that the state’s election system is somehow being manipulated to select winners.
Peters, who could not be reached for comment, has repeatedly said that Democratic and RINO candidates (which stands for Republicans in Name Only) select themselves into office, rather than allowing candidates to be elected by the people.
Peters and her Chief of Grift, Sheronna Bishop, are still braying about various no-hope lawsuits that they are pretending will change the results of the Primary Election, but nobody with even a shred of sense would put any hope in these claims.
To quote George Castanza, Peters (and Bishop) flew too close to the sun on wings of pastrami. There’s nowhere to go from here but down.