Gov. Bill Richardson is among the 30-plus governors to receive a letter from the Guardians of the Free Republics, an anti-government group saying the governors will be removed from office if they don’t voluntarily leave office within three days.
Peter Olson, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety confirmed the letter. He said Richardson’s security detail is aware of the letter and "have taken precautions to assure his well being."
He declined to be specific about what additional security steps have been taken.
According to the Associated Press, "Investigators do not see threats of violence in the group's message, but fear the broad call for removal of top state officials could lead others to act out violently."
According to the Guardians' Web site, the group advocates a "Restore America Plan," which they call "a bold achievable strategy for behind-the-scenes peaceful reconstruction of the de jure institutions of government without controversy, violence or civil war."
The Christian Science Monitor reports that the leader of the Guardians is a radio talk show host Sam Kennedy of Round Rock, Texas.