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The attractive older blonde woman struggled, yelling “get your hands off me!” as three police officers circled her, yanking her arms behind her back to clamp on handcuffs. Together they outweighed her by several hundred pounds. She kicked out once at her captors, but failed to connect with any official flesh or bone.  It was a scene of excessive force wholly unexpected in the middle of a peaceful bagel shop in the Colorado mountain town of Grand Junction. 

Was this woman a dangerous terrorist?  Had she torched a local police station in a black mask, looted a jewelry store, or shot at police officers? Well, no. She was suspected of videoing a court hearing involving her deputy clerk held the day before in a courtroom where the judge had forbidden such activity. The law had come in fully-armed Stasi force for her iPad. She was booked, mug shot, fingerprinted and released. 

The woman was Tina Peters, Clerk and Recorder of Mesa County, Colorado, who has been repeatedly slammed with a multi-pronged vendetta by current Soros-backed Democrat Secretary of State Jena Griswold.  Griswold has accused Peters of election “breaches,” ethics and campaign finance violations, and now lawless videoing. Tina Peters triggered the Secretary’s wrath months ago when she copied voting machine files prior to a “trusted build” software update of those machines (starts with a D) in Mesa County. Peters suspected the machine update would erase critical records that indicated outside interference in the election. This was her duty; County Clerks must retain election records for 25 months according to Colorado law. Sure enough, says Peters, when the cyber forensic expert she hired compared the before and after records, over 29,000 access logs had been deleted.

So Clerk Peters told the world that Griswold and the election machine firm had illegally scrubbed official information in violation of the law. In September she presented the Mesa County Board of Commissioners with an 83-page report that alleges machine breaches that may have affected election outcomes. 

Griswold fired back with a copycat charge, accusing Peters herself of security breaches, then sued her and removed her from her official duty to manage the 2021 election. In November, Griswold and Democrat AG Weiser unleashed a local, state and federal law enforcement raid on Peters’ home led by an FBI swat team in full riot gear. They disturbed the personal effects of Tina Peters’ son, a Navy Seal killed on duty in 2017. They took her computers and cell phone. 

Then on January 10, two Republican county clerks, three county commissioners, and Colorado Statehouse Representative Ron Hanks dropped the hammer. They filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Griswold alleging that during the “trusted build” software update Mesa County’s 2020 election electronic records were erased, and probably the records of other counties as well  – just as Tina Peters claimed. Plaintiffs are seeking “an independent forensic audit necessary to determine the extent of deleted or destroyed records, and whether such records can be reconstructed.” Boom.  

The lawsuit also seeks to unwind Griswold’s diktat banning forensic audits from outside experts which she called a “fraudit” in a smear against the Cyber Ninjas audit conducted in Arizona and proposed in other states.  Fumed the Secretary in a Tweet, “We will not risk the state’s election security or perpetuate the Big Lie,” apparently not realizing that only those with something to hide are afraid of the spotlight.  

Reacting to the lawsuit in typical tyrant mode, Griswold cranked up new “investigations” against the two county clerks suing her. The woman definitely has a future in higher Democrat office – maybe with the FBI or the CIA. The original subject of Griswold’s Republican smack-down, Clerk Peters, had had enough. On February 14 she announced she would jump into the ring to wrestle Griswold for the Secretary of State office. 

But wait – now comes another contender called Pam Anderson (no, not that one) who, oddly, is also running as a Republican. Oddly, because before and during the 2020 election she was Secretary and Director of the infamous Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), the left wing “nonprofit” cabal led by Obama acolytes and other assorted Democrat operatives that helped defeat Donald J. Trump.  

They are the outfit showered by leftbot Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with $350 million of his personal fortune, money that probably won Joe Biden the election. Anderson and her cronies at CTCL cleverly siphoned the Zuck Bucks into swing state election offices where they promoted easily cheatable mail-in voting, funded temporary staff of Democrat activists, paid for unmonitored and unauthorized drop boxes, ballot harvesting, and other tactics. In some states, the CTCL activists even went door-to-door “helping” people vote and “witness absentee ballot signatures” according to extensive analysis from the Caesar Rodney Center for Election Research reported at The Federalist and elsewhere. 

Notes William Doyle, Ph.D., the Center’s principal researcher, “CTCL demanded the promotion of universal mail-in voting through suspending election laws, extending deadlines that favored mail-in over in-person voting, greatly expanding opportunities for “ballot curing,” expensive bulk mailings, and other lavish “community outreach” programs that were directed by private activists.” The outreach was incredibly successful for the Democrats: “Of the 26 grants CTCL provided to cities and counties in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia that were $1 million or larger, 25 went to areas Biden won in 2020.”

Concludes Doyle: “The 2020 election wasn’t stolen — it was likely bought by one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men pouring his money through legal loopholes.”

You won’t find Pam Anderson’s role as the powerful, influential CTCL Director spending those millions to defeat Republican Donald Trump mentioned on her campaign website. And somehow she omits this interesting history from her speeches, instead actually promising nonpartisanship and trustworthiness to Republican audiences who don’t know enough about her to ask, “But why aren’t you running as a Democrat?”  

Tina Peters is the favorite, becoming ever more popular the more Jena Griswold tries to destroy her. Funny how that works. While local media in chorus with Griswold predictably scream Peters is a conspiracy theorist, perpetrator of the Big Lie, and a conservative crazy, to the grassroots activists here involved in uncovering election irregularities she’s a bloodied but unbowed heroine. Griswold will have the Soros bucks but the lawsuit against her is the wild card. If she’s outed in court as an election fixer the Democrat could lose ignominiously, even in our purplish state, which is getting redder by the day thanks to Biden. And Peters is nearly ready to release a new election report. We shall see. 

Joy Overbeck is a Colorado-based conservative journalist and author who has written for Townhall, American Thinker, The Federalist, The Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and others. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter: @joyoverbeck1. 

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