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Boebert ‘most proud’ of voting to block 2020 election certification on Jan. 6

March 28, 2022, 10:36 am

After opening the Mesa County Republican Assembly in Grand Junction with a prayer, a singing of the national anthem, and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, county GOP chairman Kevin McCarney invited his “adopted daughter” Rep. Lauren Boebert to the stage.

Lauren Boebert in Grand Junction on Saturday.

“One of the things I’m most proud of is being one of 147 who voted against certification of the 2020 election,” Boebert told the crowd of delegates and alternates gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Saturday. “It’s why we need Republicans in the majority. We can’t work with Biden, but we can sure investigate Biden.”

Boebert currently represents the majority of Eagle County and the state’s Western Slope in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and is seeking reelection in 2022. Following redistricting, CD3 will only include the southwestern corner of Eagle County.

Local, state and national candidates were invited to speak for three minutes to the approximately 390 people attending the assembly in Grand Junction. Delegates elected during the GOP caucus in early March were there to vote on county candidates they want on the primary ballot in June. State candidates will be decided in April at the Republican Convention and Assembly in Colorado Springs.

Boebert briefly referred to the COVID-19 pandemic as the “Chinese virus funded by Fauci” — a slam that former President Donald Trump used during his presidency that some say fueled ongoing hate crimes against Asian Americans.

Boebert received a standing ovation with chants of “Lauren, Lauren, Lauren” after she touted “Biden ignored 13 men and women who died on his watch.” Boebert heckled President Joe Biden with a similar phrase during the State of the Union address while he was speaking about his veteran son’s death to cancer and the many veterans who may have suffered injuries from toxic military burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tina Peters, the embattled Mesa County clerk and recorder, who was indicted earlier this month on 10 criminal counts of alleged tampering with election equipment, was also present, seeking supporters for her bid for Colorado secretary of state. While Peters remains the county clerk until the end of the year, Secretary of State Jena Griswold intends to strip her of election responsibilities.

Before Peters addressed the crowd, Mesa County Commissioner Cody Davis spoke on behalf of Peters’ GOP opponent in the secretary of state race — former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson.

“Something all Republicans can agree on is that we have the most radical secretary of state in Colorado,” Davis said. “We have a real opportunity to take this seat away from Jena Griswold. (Anderson) is the best option to beat Jena Griswold in the fall.”

Peters disagreed after she took the stage following Davis.

“I’m running as the only choice for secretary of state,” Peters said, adding that she is “a Christian and a Gold Star mom” who is being persecuted for opposing corruption.

“(Mesa County Sheriff Todd Rowell) suspended my concealed carry,” she said. “I could go on about the night I spent in jail while my father was dying. I could go on and on about two lawsuits against me, but I won’t. What God has called you to, he will call you through.

“There are three reasons I am running — report No. 1, report No. 2 and report No. 3,” a reference to reports that claim to demonstrate vulnerabilities with the Mesa County election system written by a member of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s cyber investigation team — reports debunked by election officials.

“Make no mistake; they’re coming after you,” Peters said. “You’re the real target. I’m just standing in the way.”

Replacing Peters

Hoping to succeed Peters as county clerk and recorder are Bobbie Gross and Julie Fisher. Both women accepted primary ballot nominations on Saturday. Gross currently serves as Mesa County treasurer and public trustee technician. She worked previously in the clerk and recorder’s office for 13 years and is a nationally certified elections administrator.

Fisher is currently employed in the clerk and recorder’s office where Peters promoted Fisher to “second chief deputy clerk” after Peters’ chief deputy, Belinda Knisley, was barred from the office pending criminal investigations against her.

Delegates voted for Fisher over Gross, 205 to 146. However, Gross received at least 30% of the votes, which qualifies her to be added to the primary ballot along with Fisher.

There are three routes candidates can take to secure a spot on the primary ballot: They can petition on by collecting, for a county office, 1,000 party signatures; attend a county assembly where a candidate must win at least 30% of the delegate votes; or participate in both the assembly and do a petition — the path that Gross took. The signature threshold is greater for statewide offices.

However, there’s a risk to doing both, said Gross. If you petition successfully, but don’t receive at least 10% of the vote at the assembly your petition doesn’t count, she said.

“I took the risk because the party process is dear to me and I felt I should do both,” she said.

Fisher also petitioned to get on the ballot but fell short collecting enough signatures. Chief Deputy Attorney General Natalie Leh has said Fisher is unfit to oversee elections in the county, because – like Peters and Knisley – she has not completed required state training on how to run elections.

Delegates also voted for Mesa County sheriff and District 2 county commissioner. Incumbent Rowell, who suspended Peters’ concealed weapons permit, received 191 precinct votes compared to challenger Bob Dalley’s 160. Both men will be on the primary ballot.

In the county commissioner election Bobbie Daniel won the delegate vote in a landslide, 261 to 87, against Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee.

Andrea Haitz, 1 of 3 of a conservative bloc elected to the Mesa County Valley School District 51 board in November, nominated Daniel, who described herself as “a sixth-generation coal miner’s daughter,” who is tired of career politicians ruling our lives.

“I’ll work to keep the far-left policies at bay to keep our way of life,” Daniel said. “Freedom is not a gift from man or government. It’s up to this generation to preserve it. God is my foundation.”

Other candidates who spoke Saturday included U.S. Senate candidates state Rep. Ron Hanks, U.S. Air Force veteran Eli Bremer, Colorado Christian University professor Greg Moore, small business owner Deborah Flora, and entrepreneur Gino Campana.

Gubernatorial candidate Danielle Neuschwanger also spoke.

“Do we have any God-fearing, gun-toting, MAGA supporters in the house?” Neuschwanger yelled. “On day one I will fire all special appointees of Gov. (Jared) Polis. We need a criminal justice cowgirl who can stand up to D.C. Every law enforcement must also be an immigration agent. I’m the only candidate that openly supports Tina Peters.”

State party platform resolutions

The assembly distributed 2022 resolution ballots that included 46 state party platform resolutions to be voted on in April, including: “The Republican party supports the registration and regulation of journalism to protect against the Marxist agenda.”

Other resolutions included:

  • “The Republican party supports the abolition of mail-in voting, reducing or eliminating early in-person voting, and requiring that all votes be cast in person on paper ballots after state-issued ID has been shown at a polling location (exceptions only for military members, or those physically disable who present written justification).”
  • “The Republican party supports protecting religious speech, and specifically protecting it from being labeled ‘hate’ speech.”
  • “The Republican Party opposes socialist and communist policies and tyranny, and publicly denounces Democrats and the Democratic Party as communists.”

Editor’s note: This story first appeared on Colorado Newsline, which is part of States Newsroom, a network of news bureaus supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Colorado Newsline maintains editorial independence. Contact Editor Quentin Young for questions: info@coloradonewsline.com. Follow Colorado Newsline on Facebook and Twitter.

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4 Responses to Boebert ‘most proud’ of voting to block 2020 election certification on Jan. 6

  1. Pat Parrish Reply

    March 28, 2022 at 10:49 am

    These people are scary and unhinged! I fear for our country if these radical Republicans can get into office. And they all invoke “God” as leading them. What a joke. They want to take down anyone who does not agree with them. What Donald Trump – a narcissistic sociopath – has brought onto a country I love is incredibly sad. All while enriching himself. It’s shameful.

  2. Karen grissom Reply

    March 28, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Oh my goodness Pat Parrish!!! What on earth are you talking about?? You must not live in the same country as I have lived in for my 70 years!! Do you want to live under communism with these deranged liberals?? Do you even realize that our freedoms are being stripped away almost daily since Biden has been in office??? Do you hate our beautiful America that much? I’m so sorry for you if you believe that Lauren Boebert is hurting our country. She stands for all of the freedoms that our forefathers wanted for us to have.

    • David O. Williams Reply

      March 29, 2022 at 11:11 am

      Karen, I believe the number one freedom our forefathers wanted for us to have was the freedom to vote for our political leaders of choice. That is what makes the United States the greatest democracy on earth. On Jan. 6, 2021, Rep. Boebert tried to take that freedom away from the millions of Americans who voted freely and fairly for President Joe Biden, and she tried to do it in the service of a man who was trying to stay in office illegally. I can’t think of a single freedom that has been stripped from you since Biden took office, but if you’re referring to mask and vaccine mandates during a deadly global pandemic, I also have the freedom not to be infected by people who choose to deny science. Thanks for reading.

  3. Pat Parrish Reply

    March 29, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Thank you, David. That is exactly right. But we will never convince people that have gone down the QANON rabbit hole, and bought Trump’s bullshit. I am not a communist. I am not even a Democrat! I am an Independent and a former Republican! This is NOT the Republican party of Ronald Reagan. He must be rolling in his grave! Poor Karen. You are delusional, sweetie. And I’ve lived in this country for 78 years.

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