Group Protests Outside Rep. Darrell Issa's Office Over Payroll Tax Cuts

Group demands answers from Issa over vote agaisnt extending unemployment insurance and the payroll tax credit

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    Calling for Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, to "do his job,” a group of labor council and union members, among others, rallied outside his Vista office on Thursday morning.

    About two dozen people, including members of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice and self-described unemployed voters, were gathered outside Issa’s office at about 9:30 a.m. to vent their frustration about his vote against extending unemployment insurance and the payroll tax credit.

    The group took aim at Issa, who serves for California's 49th congressional district, and asked him to return to Washington D.C. in order to figure out a way to maintain unemployment benefits for more than 300,000 Californians.

    "It's something that hit home with the labor council members," said Patrick Pierce, one of the group’s spokespeople. "We actually had some members of our union that expressed their displeasure with his vote and this was one of the best ways to get the ball rolling to put some pressure on [him]."

    Officials with the San Diego labor council said they arrived at Issa’s office hoping to speak with him, but he didn't answer their calls or interact with them in any way during the demonstration.

    The group then resorted to chanting.

    "We'll be back and shame on him," said Lorena Gonzalez, a member of the labor council. "Shame on every congressional republican who decided to come home...while people are really wondering what's going to happen January 1st."

    In interview with NBC San Diego, Issa said he has several bills in the pipeline that aim to reform various areas of government which will scale down our national spending.

    Protesters said they'll continue their effort at Issa's office every day until January , when the tax holiday expires.