The Colorado Times Recorder is reporting that Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, speaking at a conference of anti-government sheriffs in Las Vegas July 12, called Gerald Wood, the Mesa County man whose identity she is accused of stealing, “a liar and a cheat,” and confessed to the audience that she had dined with former pro surfer turned professional-election-denier Conan Hayes, the person who made the illegal images of Mesa County’s election equipment. Peters says other guests at the dinner included “one of the candidates for county commissioner,” (presumed to be Republican Bobbie Daniel), Sherronna Bishop and Republican House Rep. Lauren Boebert. When people in the room applauded at the mention of Boebert’s name, Peters said tersely “No, do NOT clap for her. Do NOT clap for her,” indicating a rift now exists between the two women.
Peters has told news media outlets that Rep. Boebert encouraged her to tamper with the county’s election equipment. Peters told the New York Times, in an article published June 26 entitled The Strange Tale of Tina Peters, that her congresswoman, Rep. Lauren Boebert, “encouraged me to go forward with the imaging.”
A press officer for Boebert denied Peters’ claim.
A July 13 article in the Daily Sentinel about the arrest of former Mesa County elections manager Sandra Brown — now the third County employee to be arrested in Peters’ election-tampering scheme — indicated Sherronna Bishop had used her own credit card to reserve a hotel room for Hayes. Brown was arrested on felony charges of conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and attempting to influence a public servant. Bishop has not yet been arrested in the scheme. Bishop and her husband recently sold her house in Garfield County and left for Texas.
The recording indicates Peters attended the Las Vegas event in person, even though the terms of her bail have said she’s not supposed to leave the state.