CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 50 people gathered outside the Kanawha City office of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., on Thursday afternoon, urging her and other members of Congress to "focus on job creation and funding Medicare, not Washington politics."
Most people at the rally were members of the Service Employees International Union or the United Mine Workers.
Kathy McCormick, a vice president of SEIU who works in West Virginia, said Capito "needs to stop playing politics in Washington. We want no Medicare or Medicaid cuts.
"In West Virginia, there are thousands who receive food stamps who work 40 hours a week. We're fed up," McCormick said. "It's time to take our country back."
Several people held up signs reading, "Jobs for Main Street. No Tax Cuts for Wall Street."
Capito spokeswoman Jamie Corley said, "The congresswoman is always open to hearing from her constituents."
A 35-foot pink pig balloon, smoking a cigar and carrying a banner stating "Your Corporate Owners Thank You," highlighted Thursday's gathering.
Rally organizers issued a statement arguing, "Capito's support for large budget cuts has led to hundreds of thousands of jobs lost throughout the United States. The Capito-backed Ryan budget would lead to 2.2 million jobs lost according to the Economic Policy Institute."
Kenny Perdue, president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO, said, "Capito needs to be supporting Medicare. She needs to back Social Security. She ought to talk about jobs. But she got sidetracked, accidentally or intentionally."
Gabe Kramer, vice president of SEIU's chapter in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, worries about upcoming recommendations from Congress's new 12-member Super Committee.