A U.S. Army veteran and New Mexico rancher has been removed from his position as head of a national grass-roots advocacy group because he’s “too soft.”
The retired colonel, who has been in his position since the end of the Iraq war, was appointed in late August as head and deputy chief of staff of the New Mexico chapter of the American Grassroots Leadership Coalition, which advocates for grass-root democracy.
But last week, the group announced that Weber would be stepping down from his role, citing concerns about his personal life and “lack of discipline.”
“I don�t know what I should say.
I don�m a father, husband and father,” he said in an interview with KRQE News-9, adding that he believes he�s being treated unfairly.
The group says Weber�s tenure is over because of a series of actions he has taken, including filing for bankruptcy and withdrawing his marriage to a former girlfriend.
But Weber did not immediately respond to a request for comment from KRQEs news partner KRQEW.
In an interview, he explained that he is leaving because he felt that he had not been given enough respect.
“I know my responsibilities as a leader of the organization and I know that I have done a good job,” he told KRQe.
“I think my role has been too soft.”
Weber was not immediately available for an interview on Monday.
His spokeswoman, Heather Lacy, did not respond to an email seeking comment.
He did not answer a call to his home in the western New Mexico town of New Mexico City.
The New Mexico group said that the move was the result of Weber using taxpayer dollars for personal expenses and personal entertainment while at the Army post in New Bern, New Mexico.
Weber spent most of the past six years at Fort Bragg, New Bern.
Weber has faced criticism in the past for his involvement with the U.N. Human Rights Council.
He’s also been a critic of President Donald Trump.
In November, he spoke at a town hall event in New Hampshire with Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, a vocal opponent of Trump.
Webers departure came as he faced scrutiny over the group’s work advocating for social justice.
The group’s website states that it advocates for a “culture of fairness, equality, and respect for all people, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, race, age difference, ethnicity, age of children, disability status, or any other category.”
It also states that its goal is “to create an environment of mutual respect, mutual respect for one another, mutual understanding, and mutual respect and understanding.”
The group also encourages its members to “engage in self-love, and to create a positive community of solidarity.”
The American Grassroot Leadership Coalition was created by retired Army Lt.
Gen. John D. Webs in 2010 to promote and advocate for the ideals of the United States Armed Forces and its veterans, who are disproportionately African-American and Latino.