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More evidence of Boebert’s legal troubles emerges

October 22, 2020, 1:06 pm
Boebert’s booking photo in 2017.

Editor’s note: This story on the legal troubles and ongoing defiance of state and local laws and regulations by 3rd Congressional District (including the western two-thirds of Eagle County) candidate Lauren Boebert first appeared in the Colorado Times Recorder:

About three years ago, the Garfield County Court ordered Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert to garnish the wages of an employee at her restaurant, Shooters Grill.

Boebert ignored the order. Over a period of ten months in 2017, she and her employee, who’d been sued for failing to pay a personal debt, continued to be nonresponsive to the court and the lawyers involved.

Eventually, the Garfield Court ordered Boebert to participate in a hearing via telephone, but she skipped the call, leaving other attorneys waiting for her on the phone.

The judge and the attorney for the debt collector, Professional Finance Company, were “present by phone” according to the case summary (herehereherehere) and other case documents obtained by the Colorado Times Recorder from the Garfield Court via a records request.

But no Boebert.

Then she didn’t appear for a second court hearing, after being served a formal order to do so.

“Garnishee, Shooters Grill Failed to Appear,” reads the case summary for Oct. 17, 2017. “Default judgment against garnishee, Shooters Grill.”

Boebert’s decision to stonewall the court was costly.

Judge Jonathan Pototsky’s default judgment required Shooters Grill to pay $2,578, which included the initial debt of the employee, plus attorney’s fees, court costs, and interest.

The grill’s debt to Professional Finance Company, Inc., a debt collector representing a nonprofit organization in the case, appears to remain unpaid. It’s listed as a “judgment” among her restaurant’s liens, according to public records, although Boebert’s campaign has said it’s not aware of any unpaid liens.

The Denver Post’s Justin Wingerter first reported in July that eight liens, in addition to the lien filed in this garnishment case, totaling about $19,000 have been filed against Shooters Grill in the past four years for past-due unemployment insurance, interest, and penalties.

“I Have Gotten a Proctology Exam from the Media”

Boebert’s campaign did not answer an email seeking to know why it took so long for Boebert to respond to the Garfield County Court’s order to garnish her employee’s wages. Boebert’s campaign has refused to show evidence (e.g., receipts) showing that the liens are paid off.

But, generally, Boebert, who faces Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush, is critical of the media scrutiny of her record, telling KNUS radio host Randy Corporon Saturday, “I have gotten a proctology exam from the media.”

In her campaign speeches, she normally offers a somewhat softer version of this comment about the media and her critics.

“I’m ok with the personal onslaught that they have because they can’t win on policy,” she’s said, even though she mostly sidesteps serious policy discussions. “Their policy doesn’t keep America great. It doesn’t do anything to help the American family.”

A Pattern of Ignoring the Rules

Boebert’s decision to disregard the order to garnish her employee’s wages is part of a pattern of failing to respect everyday regulations, orders, and requests from public officials and Colorado’s court system.

During the past five years, she failed to appear for court hearings in two minor, easy-to-deal-with criminal matters, resulting first in arrest warrants and then two actual arrests, which left a trail of fingerprints and mugshots that have been exploited by her opponents.

Now Boebert mocks her arrest record, saying, “I even got a pretty mugshot out of it.”

On the campaign trail, Boebert brags about defying Colorado’s public-health order this spring to shut down her restaurant to fight COVID-19.

She’s still outspoken about her opposition to virus-related health orders saying mask-wearing should be a “personal preference.”

One of Boebert’s indoor campaign events, an Aug. 31 fundraiser in Aspen with U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, violated state rules, resulting in the Pitkin County health department issuing a warning to Boebert’s campaign.

Overall, her response to COVID-19 led one public health expert to say she’s “stoking mistrust” of “heroes” who work in public health.

Boebert’s defiance of government rules, despite her posture of being a law-and-order candidate, can be seen throughout her business career.

A 17-year-old server, featured in a news report about Shooters Grill, says Boebert “allows me to” carry a gun on the job at the restaurant, even though it’s illegal in Colorado.

“Well, because I’m seventeen, I actually can’t carry it everywhere,” said one of Boebert’s servers in a Barcroft TV interview, shot in 2015, referring to the gun on her hip. “I can carry at work because it’s Lauren’s private property. And she allows me to.”

A report by the Garfield County Public Health in 2017 determined that sliders sold illegally by Boebert’s restaurant at a Rifle rodeo sickened 80 people.

Garfield Public Health’s report on the food-poisoning incident tags Boebert for operating an unlicensed food stall with “improper food safety practices.”

Despite the report’s conclusions, Boebert refused to take full responsibility for the poisonings, disputing the number of people affected and implying that the real cause was the “level of filth that was on the grandstands at the fairgrounds,” including “fecal matter” that was “never tested.”

20 Responses to More evidence of Boebert’s legal troubles emerges

  1. Pat Parrish Reply

    October 22, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Right on, David. This woman is a nut case. I’m surprised she was allowed to run with her record of ignoring orders from municipalities. Are there no rules at all for getting on a ballot? Could she have been a convicted felon and run for office?

    • Pam Peirce Reply

      July 15, 2021 at 10:51 am

      But she won an election. Any chance she will lose the next one she enters? Is there a movement to unseat her?

  2. Greg W Reply

    January 4, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Lady’s and gentlemen I give you the modern Republican Party. Just think about the people that actually support this abomination

  3. Joe pao Reply

    January 11, 2021 at 11:40 am

    What a low class selfish bimbo

    • Michelle Amborn Reply

      January 11, 2021 at 9:48 pm

      You sure got that right. She’s 5 foot 100 pounds and she’s packing. Well.her mouth sure is larger than 5 foot. What is the Republican party coming to. As if Trump wasnt bad enough now we have all his little minions with no brain.

  4. Jp Reply

    January 11, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Would she like her children’s school to be attacked by someone with AR 15 she loves so much. What a dummy

  5. Michelle Amborn Reply

    January 11, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    You sure got that right. She’s 5 foot 100 pounds and she’s packing. Well her mouth sure is larger than 5 foot. What is the Republican party coming to. As if Trump wasnt bad enough now we have all his little minions with no brain.

  6. Nancy Marin Reply

    January 12, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Jeez what a loser , Do something nice , Resign!

  7. Nicki Reply

    January 13, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Her insecurities as a woman speak loudly as her “need” for attention. Her ads are embarrassing… and the glasses on her face don’t make her look any smarter!

    • Rick Reply

      January 14, 2021 at 8:31 am

      Nicki, you sure nailed it with your comment. My thoughts exactly. And after listening to some of her comments from Wash. D.C. this week, I’m convinced she’s nothing more than an uneducated anarchist relishing the attention she’s getting this week for being a horses you-know-what.

  8. Beth Reply

    January 14, 2021 at 8:22 am

    This should be seen on a national level. How did she get to run with those charges. Now it is thought she gave tours to the terrorist!

  9. Brian Reply

    January 14, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Her husband is also a stellar guy.Arrested in 2004 for indecent exposure to a minor,and she was there.What does this disgrace do? She marries him.He has also been arrested for domestic violence.

  10. Susan Bezak Reply

    January 15, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    I thought I would look Lauren up, as what I saw when she spoke at the Capitol Building on the impeachment “Didn’t impress me much” and I was curious.It’s worse then I thought. She must be from the same school as Tuberville and his personal explanation of the three branches of the govt and what “he thinks” was the reason for WW II.
    I think I must have not attended the Republican version of school here in the United States.
    (Just kidding there.) There were Republicans that are “Heros” at the house impeachment of Trump. I don’t understand why the party allows ,ahem, uneducated & lawless to run for them. What I would say to the people voting, including myself, is make sure you research the people you want speaking for you before you vote for a name and a face! Amen.

  11. John Doe Reply

    January 15, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Oh my God! Now shes elected to public office in the capitol refusing to go through metal detectors to help protect others that fear further danger from within the congress like her and allegedly gave tours to MAGA wearing peole in the capitol a day before the insurrection and slaughter. If anyone should be impeached it’s this bimbo Lauren Bobert. Her and her Qanon other bimbo Margorie Taylor Green need a boot in the ass out of the capitol! Make America Great Again and get these looney toons out of office and our house!

  12. Daniel Whitcomb Reply

    January 16, 2021 at 1:19 am

    It seems as though all her actions are to promote her self and her restaurant. In this country we do have constitutional rights but we also have laws to obey and she continues to ignore the ones that do not suit her.
    If on January 6th, 2021 she was allowed to carry her weapon on the floor oh the house for personal protection, the question is, in which direction and whom would she have fired on?
    She does not seem to grasp how a democratic government works and her actions are not supportive of that process.
    So please resign this position that you do not respect nor care about. Take your high school theater rhetoric,
    your side arm, your government pension, paid health care and sign your Playboy center fold deal.
    You can then live in financial comfort while many of the Americans who cant afford a gun or a hamburger at your restaurant will try and get by.

  13. Ken Cooper Reply

    January 21, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Lauren Boebert is nothing more than another sad, pathetic, example of brain dead America!

  14. siobhan Reply

    January 25, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    I don’t understand at all how she got to Congress. Aren’t people vetted for past legal offenses??!! This is messed up. She is low life, sorry to say.

  15. Sam Reply

    February 9, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Are there no minimum requirements to run for Congress?

  16. northierthanthou Reply

    March 9, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    I guess Boebert wasn’t satisfied with trashing up her own neck of the woods. Now she has to be a pain in the ass of an entire nation.

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