FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 17, 2021
Contact: Matt Baca — (505) 270-7148
Santa Fe, NM—Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he has
demanded that Couy Griffin resign from the Otero County Commission. In a letter sent to
Griffin Saturday, the Attorney General demanded his resignation on multiple grounds,
including accusations that he has misused public office for personal gain, has neglected
his duties as a county commissioner, and because of his participation in the January 6th
insurrectionist attack on the United States Capitol. The letter states that absent his
resignation, the Office of the Attorney General will take all appropriate legal action to seek
Griffin’s removal. This demand also comes as Griffin has reportedly been arrested by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“An elected office is a public trust, and no official should use it to encourage violence and
attack Americans,” said Attorney General Balderas. “My office will enforce the rule of law
to ensure the public’s confidence.”
A copy of the demand letter is attached.