New Mexico judge removes Cowboys for Trump founder from elected office over role in Jan. 6

New Mexico District Judge Francis Mathew's ruling bars the county commissioner from holding any elected state or federal positions in the future.

Updated: September 7, 2022 - 11:15am

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A New Mexico judge on Tuesday removed Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin from his elected position as county commissioner over his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 

Griffin, who was convicted of trespassing in connection with the 2021 riot was removed as a result of a lawsuit that claimed he violated the Constitution by participating in an "insurrection." He is the first elected official to be removed from office over their involvement in Jan. 6, CNN reported.

New Mexico District Judge Francis Mathew's ruling to remove Griffin from his position as Otero County commissioner also prohibits him in the future from holding any elected position in state or federal office.

The judge wrote that with Cowboys for Trump, Griffin spent "months normalizing the violence that may be necessary to keep President Trump in office." 

Griffin said he is "shocked" by the ruling and described Mathew as "tyrannical."

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