NEWPORT BEACH — The audience cheered and clapped every time Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina threw a jab at Sen. Barbara Boxer.
"She's ineffective and can't get anything done," she said.
But other than that, the former technology executive didn't give many details on how she plans to do a better job than her Democratic opponent during the Grass Roots Community Forum at the Newport Beach Golf Course's "Tee Room" on Tuesday.
"She painted a broad brush," said Tom Pollitt, a Costa Mesa resident. "But the truth is a change has to be made."
The event was sponsored by local "tea party" members and was announced on the Tea Party Patriots' website, an organization that calls dubs itself as a grassroots American movement. The liberal website MoveOn.org encouraged Boxer supporters to attend, but the organization's presence appeared limited in conservative-leaning Newport.
"Everyone has their own questions and concerns, and we want to give them the chance to discuss it with her and see if she's going to be sensitive to their concerns if she's elected to the Senate," said Frances Akhavi, one of the event's organizers.