PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dozens of community groups across Oregon have signed a letter calling for the state Legislature to immediately remove Rep. Mike Nearman from office after he allegedly helped far-right protesters break into the state Capitol last month.
KOIN 6 News first obtained security footage showing the Republican from Independence leaving the Capitol on Dec. 21 through a side door without doing anything to stop two protesters from going inside.
Groups such as the NAACP of Eugene-Springfield say it was the culmination of a years-long pattern enabling white nationalism.
“Over the last four years, white nationalists and others have grown bolder and increasingly their narrative has been normalized,” Eric Richardson of the Eugene-Springfield NAACP said at Monday’s press conference. “Unfortunately, that’s due to elected officials in the Republican party supporting this narrative.”
Nearman issued a statement last week saying he hopes for due process but has not said he plans to resign.