Today was the day Barack Obama was officially elected President of the United States by the only people who really count -- the electors of the Electoral College. In state capitals across the country today, these electors affirmed the decisions of voters on Nov. 4.
In Sacramento, 55 Democrats handpicked by Democratic members of Congress and, in districts represented by a Republican, the 2008 Democratic Party nominee, cast their votes for Obama.
The honorary positions are typically given to party loyalists, family members or personal friends of members of Congress. For instance, Congressmen Joe Baca and Jerry McNerney selected their sons as electors. Sen. Barbara Boxer picked Lou Paulson, head of the California Professional Firefighters union. And so on.
And what about the 23rd and 24th Districts, the two that include portions of Ventura County?
In the 24th, Democratic nominee Marta Jorgensen picked longtime Central Coast party official Bob Handy of Santa Barbara. And in the 23rd, Rep. Lois Capps selected her son-in-law Nathan Brostrom of Berkeley, whose wife, Lisa Capps, died tragically from cancer at age 35 nearly nine years ago. Lisa Capps had been a psychology professor at UC Berkeley.
If the was the fifth consective election in which California electors cast their votes for the Democratic candidate.