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New Mexico official first politician removed over January 6 insurrection

A New Mexico official was removed from elected office on Tuesday for his role in the January 6 siege on the US Capitol, marking the first time a politician has lost their job for their involvement in the attack. Couy Griffin, one of three commissioners in Otero county in southern New Mexico, was immediately removed from his position and cannot hold elected office again, Francis Mathew, a district judge in Santa Fe, wrote in his ruling. The 14th amendment to the US constitution bars anyone who has participated in an insurrection from holding elected office…. Griffin told CNN he was “shocked” at the ruling and accused Mathew of being “tyrannical”. “I’m shocked. Just shocked,” Griffin said. “I really did not feel like the state was going to move on me in such a way. I don’t know where I go from here.”

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