He is highly critical of both national organization officials and of Esdaile, who beat Griffin in another contested election for the state presidency back in 2004.
Esdaile is "the one who has the most to lose" in this current fight, Griffin claims. "It's his job to make sure the branches in the state are intact... If two branches are in trouble, what does that say about his leadership?"
"This has been going on for a long time," insists Griffin. And he gets agreement on that point from Carolyn Vermont, the most recent president of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP.
"It's been going downhill for two decades," Vermont says of the disputes and ferocious personal feuds that have fractured her branch.
The Bridgeport feuding apparently centered on disputes over financial and membership records and control. Vermont has denied claims she failed to file proper reports. Four Bridgeport members tried to remove Vermont and her treasurer from access to the Bridgeport branch's bank account.
"I support national [officials] making a clean sweep of the organization," Vermont now says. "This takeover, I support it 100 percent... My hope is to get some young blood in here."
Esdaile says proudly that 500 young people were signed up at the state organization's "Great Debate" event at the Shubert Theater in New Haven last month.
Russell Williams isn't so optimistic. He was president of the Hartford NAACP branch from 1996 to 2000, and several years ago made an unsuccessful attempt to unseat Esdaile as state president. He is currently working for the Center for Economic and Social Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit.
He believes a crisis has been building within all levels of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for a long time.
"The leadership of the NAACP locally and nationally doesn't have a clear agenda," Williams says. "Oversight and transparency within the organization... are woefully lacking."
In 2011, former Hartford Mayor Carrie Saxon-Perry narrowly won a branch presidential election against challenger Abdul-Shahid Muhammad Ansari. She was 80 and he was 73.
Ansari challenged the results and the national NAACP ordered a new election, which Ansari won. In Williams' view, Ansari was guilty of the same unscrupulous tactics he'd claimed were used by Saxon-Perry. Williams asserts national officials failed to carry out a serious review.
Williams says allegations have been rife for years that candidates in branch elections "bought memberships" for people they knew would vote for them. He argues that it's that sort of behavior and suspicion that has created an internal atmosphere of distrust and feuding.
Rev. Ford says the goal of the national organization is to "create a more transparent process" in the election of officers and controls in the Bridgeport and Waterbury branches. "The role of the national office is not to determine leadership" of branches, he insists. Ford says that's for local members to determine.
Ford also says he's not heard of the kind of complaints about anti-Hispanic feelings within any of the branches and said the NAACP has been a multi-racial organization since its founding in 1908.
Sweeping away the whole top level of Connecticut's current NAACP leaders may not solve much, warns state Rep. Larry Butler of Waterbury, a lifetime member of the organization. "I don't necessarily see it as a failure of state leadership," he says. "I don't necessarily agree with a clean sweep."
Diaz also has doubts about how these feuds can be settled. "It's difficult to have a clean sweep... when the same individuals are still there," he says. "You're going to have the same people doing the same things."
There is both sadness and frustration in the voices of even the harshest of critics when they talk about the problems confronting Connecticut's premier civil rights group.
And most probably agree with Diaz when he says, "Instead of working together and finding solutions for our communities, individuals are hurting our communities even more."