As the intense debate about lifting the debt ceiling continued to paralyze Washington, about three dozen people protested Tuesday afternoon outside the office of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) in downtown Huntington Beach.
The picketers, many of whom carried handwritten signs, gathered near Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway and sometimes elicited shouts and honks from passing drivers. The liberal MoveOn.org called on citizens nationwide to protest outside Republican representatives' offices.
The crowd below Rohrabacher's office at 101 Main St., which overlooks the intersection, carried signs that read "Don't destroy the American dream," "Tax the wealthy and corporations" and other slogans.
Huntington Beach resident Bob Allen said he believed the Republicans were opposing President Obama and the Democrats mainly on partisan grounds.
"They're basically just saying no to Obama," he said. "I think their biggest mission is to get him out of office."