Impeachment protest

Constituents from U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran’s district protest near his office Monday afternoon in downtown Casa Grande.

CASA GRANDE — A group of about 20 Pinal and Pima County residents voiced their displeasure of the House of Representatives impeachment process half a block away from U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran’s office in downtown Casa Grande Monday afternoon.

O’Halleran voted in support of the resolution opening the impeachment inquiry earlier this month. He said in a statement after the vote that the impeachment process would allow both Republicans and Democrats a chance to present evidence and give the American people a chance to form their own opinion.

Merritt McGlothlin had hopped a chartered bus with a number of other residents from O’Halleran’s district to protest at Second and Florence streets.

“He doesn’t seem to care about us,” said McGlothlin, who is also the president of the Sun City/Oro Valley Republican Club. He said he didn’t think that O’Halleran, D-Sedona, has ever held an event in his community.

“We need to not impeach the president,” McGlothlin said. “We’re urging him (O’Halleran) not to vote for it.”

“They’re not doing their jobs,” said Aina Dickerson, referring to Congress. She traveled from Tucson for the protest. “They (Trump opponents) have been focused on hate since the day he ran for election. It’s just an election for heaven’s sake. They’re not doing anything for us.”

Monday’s protest was part of The New American Populist’s “Operation Takeback,” Kailey Niewman, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee-based group, said in a phone call. The organization is holding protests and rallies in 31 districts across the country that President Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election but were won by Democrats in the 2018 congressional election, she said.

“We’re giving everyday people a chance to protest against the actions of their representatives who may not be representing their wishes,” she said. “Just because he (O’Halleran) believes in impeachment doesn’t mean that everyone in his district does.”

The public impeachment hearings in the House started last week. The hearings are expected to continue Tuesday morning.