A 2018 Facebook video shows 2022 Republican Mesa County Commissioner candidate Bobbie Daniel endorsing Tina Peters for Mesa County Clerk, assuring viewers that Tina has a “wealth of knowledge” and “we’re in really good hands if you’re our Clerk and Recorder.”
Daniel appears in the video with far right-wing activist Sherronna Bishop, whose home was searched by the FBI last November in connection with Tina Peters’ election tampering scandal. Bishop has been implicated in the scandal as well. She and her husband recently sold their home in Garfield County, fled to Texas and are keeping their whereabouts a secret.
It turned out electing Tina Peters as County Clerk was the biggest, most expensive and most embarrassing mistake Mesa County voters have ever made.
This is true even considering the Mesa County Republican Party’s long track record of electing troubled people to office and the devastating effects the party’s remarkably poor judgment has had on the community.
During her time as Clerk, Peters has developed a long track record as an inept, problematic, legally-challenged and perhaps mentally ill public servant. She is currently facing a thirteen-count indictment, including seven felonies, related to election tampering, identity theft and other charges. Peters also ensnared several of her underlings at the Clerk’s Office in her plot, including the Chief Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley and former Elections Manager Sandra Brown, who were arrested recently on charges connected to her tampering scandal. A Court has ordered Tina to stay away from the Clerk’s office and employees, so taxpayers are forced to continue paying Tina her $93,000/year salary plus benefits while she does absolutely nothing to benefit constituents. In the mean time, Tina keeps trading on her election denialism to raise funds; she flies around the nation in private jets to conferences, assemblies and talks shows, and keeps embarrassing the County by making crazy pronouncements about election manipulation only she believes in, and far-out demands, like her most recent one for a hand-recount of all ballots in Colorado because she can’t accept that she lost the primary election.
There is no better proof of candidate Bobbie Daniel’s flawed judgment than her 2018 endorsement of Tina. It was obvious at the time that Tina was unqualified for the position. Based on Daniel’s endorsement, we can be assured that if she gets to be County Commissioner, we can expect even more Tina-style drama and cost to the County. Given the Mesa County Republican Party’s control over this area, and its long track record of electing appalling, harmful and even criminal candidates, we can also expect that Mesa County will remain a national laughing stock for the foreseeable future.