Demonstrators "pea'd" off at Congressman Grijalva

CREATED Jul. 14, 2011 - UPDATED: Jul. 14, 2011

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  • While Congress continued to battle over raising the debt ceiling, about 30 protestors delivered canned "peas" to Congressman Raul Grijalva's Tucson office. Video by kgun9.com

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Reporter: Steve Nuñez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - While Congress continued to battle over raising the debt ceiling, about 30 protestors delivered canned "peas" to Congressman Raul Grijalva's Tucson office.

The demonstration was in reference to President Obama's comment to Republicans on the need to "eat our peas."

Supporters of the group, Americans for Prosperity, claimed they're a non-partisan organization protesting policy and not party. But many identified themselves as Republican while others carried around a Tea Party flag.

Overall, all of them expressed their frustration in being "pea'd" off at Grijalva. A hand full at a time then marched into Grijalva's Congressional office to deliver cans of the little green vegetables.

Martha Wicklund, who identifies herself as a Republican, accused Grijalva of "wreckless spending" because he voted "Yes" for healthcare reform. Wicklund wants the Congressman to vote "No" on raising the debt ceiling.

"I don't mind raising taxes," said Wicklund. "The problem is they're over spending. I can't go to my husband and say I want something else at Dillard's and we've reached our max our limit on our credit card but you know what lets just raise it some more."

But staff members for Grijalva countered by telling the protestors their Congressman introduced the People's Budget Plan that promises to generate a $31 billion budget surplus in ten years without cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Grijalva, who was in meetings most of the day in Washington, released this statement to 9 On Your Side.
 
In part, it reads: "This is not a debate about spending new money, it's about how we pay for things we've already done," stated Grijalva.

9 On Your Side Reporter Steve Nuñez then asked Wicklund: "Do you plan to demonstrate and protest outside Republican congressional leaders offices as well?"

"If they don't stand up to stop the debt ceiling raises I call their offices," answered Wicklund.
 
Grijalva tells 9 On Your Side the group "Americans For Prosperity" is targeting him because he's one of 21 congressional leaders who represents a targeted swing district during next year's election.

Organizers of of the group said they'll deliver "peas" to Grijalva's office every day until the debt ceiling crisis is solved.