A week before Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters flew to Sioux Falls, South Dakota on August 10 to attend a voter fraud conspiracy theory event hosted by the guy of My Pillow, Mike Lindell, she used the county’s credit card to book a flight to this event, according to records obtained by The Daily Sentinel.
While the county was billed $ 484 for this flight, it is not known if Peters actually used this ticket on United Airlines.
In fact, around the same time that this flight left Grand Junction for Denver and then for Sioux Falls, a private charter jet left Grand Junction Regional Airport for South Dakota.
There was Jacqueline Anderson, vice-chair of the Mesa County Republican Party, her husband Duke Everest, and Sherronna Bishop, former campaign manager for U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert, R-Silt.
This is known because of a selfie that Anderson briefly posted on his Facebook page, which was later deleted. It includes a caption that says, “Because we are going on a (private) jet plane.” Details to come … #TruthWillAlwaysPrevail.
Although Peters is not clearly visible in the photo, the back of a woman’s head with hair that matches Peters’ hair can be seen just behind Anderson’s sunglasses. Peters would later appear at Lindell’s event alongside Bishop.
They all attended the Lindell event as part of a group they call the Election Integrity Project, which claims to have proof that there were irregularities in the November 2020 election.
Peters listed the taxpayer-funded ticket under “Peters Clerk for the Conference,” meaning she booked it as part of her elected office work.
But those same county records show no further charges from Peters’ credit card for lodging or meals during that same trip August 10-13, and there is no other record showing that she has refunded anything to the county.
If Peters accepted free meals and accommodations, or if she boarded a private jet without paying for it, she could be held accountable under the same Colorado ethical laws that U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper, D-Colo ., was now facing due to his tenure as governor.
About a year ago, the Colorado Independence Ethics Commission fined Hickenlooper $ 2,000 for taking a free flight to Connecticut on a private jet owned by a political donor from foreground at an event held in 2018 to help the Navy launch the USS Colorado nuclear submarine, and another fine of $ 550 for agreeing to a limousine ride that same year while attending a conference on economic development in Turin, Italy.
Currently, it is not known where Peters is, but Lindell told some national media that he was hiding her because he was “concerned for his safety”.
He told these media that he initially took Peters to Texas right after the South Dakota event, but a disgruntled employee revealed her whereabouts, prompting Lindell to move her elsewhere.
Peters is currently under investigation by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, the Mesa County Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for alleged electoral security violations.
She allegedly made or helped make copies of an election computer hard drive, gave an unauthorized person access to secure areas of the county election division, helped reveal special passwords to access the election material and reveal it to voter fraud conspiracy theorists, who later posted some of it on social media and at the Lindell event.
While the district attorney and FBI investigations are ongoing, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griwsold has declared Peters unfit to be the county’s designated election official and has banned him and two members of the its staff, to participate in future elections.
Due to his disappearance, it is not known whether district attorney or FBI investigators were able to question Peters about the case.
Peters did not respond to numerous questions texted to her private cell phones and issued by the county asking her where she is, if she is doing her job and if she is considering stepping down to run for reelection.
She indicated she was running again when Bobbie Gross announced in June that she planned to challenge Peters in the GOP primary race next June, but Peters has yet to create a campaign fundraising account for the electoral cycle of November 2022.
Peters won the GOP nomination in the June 2018 Republican Party primaries against Gross by just 1,344 votes.