Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) calls herself an "oath keeper," but denies that she is a member of a controversial group known as the "Oath Keepers."
The Oath Keepers are a nationwide movement that asks law enforcement and military personnel to pledge to refuse 10 orders they believe are unconstitutional, which range from confiscating guns and property to forcing "American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext."
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) calls them a "patriot" group and lumps them in with other militia groups it tracks. There are northern and southern chapters of the Oath Keepers in Nevada, according the SPLC.
Angle's primary win last Tuesday was fueled by her support from the Tea Party movement, which also espouses a vehement adherence to the Constitution.
During a speech to a candidates forum on Feb. 5 in the Las Vegas area, Angle called herself "an oath keeper."
"We have the solutions to many of our problems, they reside within that contract with America, which is our Constitution," Angle said, according to a video (see below) obtained by The Ballot Box. "And we need to send folks who understand the Constitution and why it's so important.
"I call myself an oath keeper. I have taken that pledge to uphold and defend the Constitution and I have done that five different times."
During an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Friday, Angle denied she is a member of the group.
"I'm not a member of Oath Keepers, however, I do keep my oath of office to protect, defend and support the Constitution," she said. "And I voted against unconstitutional bills in our legislature, sometimes I’m the only one who will keep that oath of office."
Larry Hart, a media consultant for Angle's campaign, said she has spoken to members of the group in the past about oath taking but is not a member of the Oath Keepers.