Florida NAACP branch launches petition to recall city commissioner who was once Oath Keeper
A Florida branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has initiated a petition to recall a Deltona city commissioner who served two years as a member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia organization.
The West Volusia NAACP branch is hoping to put enough pressure on Commissioner Loren King to force him to resign. At the very least, he faces reelection in 2022, and the chapter is hoping to spread awareness that he served with the Oath Keepers, an anti-government group formed in 2009.
The president of the NAACP branch, Sean King, who is unrelated, told The Hill he believes there is substantial support in the community to recall the commissioner. He cited views of the group and the fact that some of its members participated in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“What the fear is, is how they organize. You have a group of ex-military, ex-police officers, ex-paramedics. When you put them all together, they look like a militia group,” he said. “And when you look into them, they have a very aggressive stance … and that’s very dangerous.”
Loren King told a local Fox station that he is no longer affiliated with the Oath Keepers and denounced them after he learned of “illegal activities.”
“Some of the things that they were doing I went, well: ‘You know there’s a fine line between defending the Constitution and breaking the law,’ and so I thought you know what this might not be the place for me to be,” he said.
King was a member of the group for two years, until 2017 — one year before he won election as city commissioner. He also lists the membership on his official bio page. The listing was still active as of Friday afternoon.
Sean King, with the NAACP, said the commissioner should resign. He pointed to the public official’s own remarks acknowledging prior membership in a group tied to “illegal activities.”
The Hill has reached out to Loren King for comment.