California voters unfamiliar with congressional candidates often rely on a brief description – generally limited to three words – as they scan down the ballot.
Candidates can choose their own titles and must justify their legitimacy if challenged.
Many incumbents select a customary designation such as “United States Representative.” Others get considerably more creative.
Northern California Reps. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, and John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, nod to rural roots with “U.S. Representative/Farmer,” and “Congressman/Rancher,” respectively.
Fellow Central Valley Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, distances himself entirely from the post, stating simply “Farmer/Small Businessman.”
Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, goes geographical with “Ventura County Congresswoman.” The former longtime L.A. County resident, it seems, is still working to establish her bona fides.
Designations are unlikely to help bring business to moonlighting members, but if Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, needs a few extra bucks around tax time, his title, “United States Congressman/CPA,” is unlikely to hurt.
– Christopher Cadelago
THE STATE WORKER
The number of state workers who filed pension papers dropped sharply during the first quarter of this year, according to new CalPERS data. The numbers suggest government work has become more attractive to longtime employees who just a few years ago were exiting en masse. Last year, furloughs ended, raises kicked in for senior employees and most state worker unions negotiated new contracts with raises that will likely kick in this summer.
– Jon Ortiz
“I just think that this is a tragedy for the Senate, for politics in general, for our democratic process.”
Gov. Jerry Brown, commenting Monday on the case against state Sen. Leland Yee