Cowboys for Trump leader fighting to keep job in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cowboys for Trump founder Coy Griffin is fighting to keep his seat as a New Mexico county commissioner because he is accused of public office for participating in last year’s coup at the U.S. Capitol. faces possible dismissal and disqualification.

Griffin was previously convicted of trespassing on Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021. He was sentenced to 14 days and given credit for time served.

Three residents of Santa Fe and Los Alamos counties filed a lawsuit seeking to remove Griffin as Otero County’s second district commissioner for the remainder of his term.

Griffin, a 47-year-old Republican, is representing himself in a two-day bench trial that begins Monday.

“This case is about the civil court removing an elected county commissioner from office. By allowing this case to proceed, you are going to set a very dangerous precedent,” Griffin said in court.

On the witness stand Monday, Griffin said he went to Washington, D.C., to peacefully protest and pray with other Trump supporters.

He said that I had no intention of breaking the law that day.

The three plaintiffs in the case argued in a 259-page petition that Griffin should be disqualified from holding public office based on a provision of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The amendment states that anyone who has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution shall be barred from office on charges of sedition or complicity in sedition or aiding or abetting the enemies of the country.

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