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Obamacare advocates rally at empty offices

Obamacare advocates rally at empty offices

This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.

PURCELLVILLE — Obama’s grassroots organization, Organizing for Action, is rallying at empty offices of Republican congressmen.

After the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget proposal to keep the government from a shutdown with the provision to defund the Affordable Care Act, OFA decided to rally Wednesday afternoon at the Virginia offices of congressmen.

But none of the congressmen were at the offices OFA is rallying at because on Wednesday they’re in Washington, D.C., to vote on raising the debt ceiling.

“He’s not even going to be anywhere close to the Roanoke office,” said Beth Breeding, communications director for Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, whose local office OFA has tweeted they are rallying.

OFA isn’t worried about the empty offices, though.

“We don’t need anybody there as long as we have press and social media and pictures and it will be in the newspaper,” said Pat Okerland, the chapter lead forHampton Roads who said he was going to rally at Scott Rigell’s Virginia Beachoffice.

Although Ridgell was the only Republican congressman Friday to vote against the move to defund Obamacare, Okerland said his past record of opposing the health care plan is enough to bring ralliers.

By voting against it, Ridgell supported a government shutdown, said Eddie Seay, a chapter lead who works full time for OFA.

Seay was planning to send photos of the rally to staffers who work in Goodlatte’s Capitol office.

“To prove that we were there,” he said.

Contact Bre Payton at bre@watchdogvirginia.org or follow her on Twitter @Bre_payton. 

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