SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) A FRESH Mexico politician and Trump supporter who was simply removed and barred from elected office for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, is wanting to appeal that decision to hawaii Supreme Court.
Cowboys for Trump cofounder and former county commissioner Couy Griffin on Tuesday notified the high court of his intent to appeal.
The ruling against Griffin this month from the Santa Fe-based District Court was the first ever to remove or bar an elected official from office regarding the the attack on the U.S. Capitol building that disrupted Congress since it was attempting to certify President Joe Bidens 2020 electoral victory.
Griffin once was convicted in federal court of a misdemeanor for entering the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, without going in the building. He was sentenced to 14 days and given credit for time served.
Griffin has invoked free speech guarantees in his defense and says his banishment from public office disenfranchises his political constituents in Otero County.
He was barred from office under provisions of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which holds that whoever has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution could be barred from office for participating in insurrection or rebellion. The provisions were set up soon after the Civil War.
A flurry of similar lawsuits round the country would like to utilize the provision to punish politicians who took part in Jan. 6.
Griffin says he continues to do something as their own legal counsel in the event.
Honestly I’ve felt very abandoned by many, Griffin said.
Conservative activists aligned with Griffin have urged supporters to file disciplinary complaints contrary to the judge who barred Griffin from office.
Griffin, a 48-year-old former rodeo rider and former pastor, helped found Cowboys for Trump in 2019. The promotional group staged horseback parades to spread President Donald Trumps conservative message about gun rights, immigration controls and abortion restrictions.
This season, Griffin voted doubly a county commissioner against certifying New Mexicos June 7 primary election, in a standoff over election integrity fueled by conspiracy theories concerning the security of voting equipment in the Republican-dominated county.