Skip to main content


GOP candidate for governor of California went to the city of Fresno to spend a week homeless and made this video about his experience. B.S. or commendable? 

The video documented the GOP candidate, Neel Kashkari, roaming the town with a five o'clock shadow, the bare necessities in search of a job and ended with Kashkari's findings: He couldn't even spot a "help wanted" sign, let alone land gainful employment.

Kashkari wrote in his journal that he took a Greyhound bus from Los Angeles to Fresno on July 21 with "only $40 in my pocket (and no credit cards), a backpack, a change of clothes and a toothbrush." He said he planned to find a job. "I am an able-bodied 41-year-old. Surely I could find some work."

Kashari is a former investment banker who ran the federal government's bank bailout after the 2008 crash during the last days of the Bush Administration.

Kashkari was accompanied by two videographers, whose camera work was visible to the people with whom Kashkari spoke, who produced a 10-minute video. The footage shows a scruffy Kashkari saying, "This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life."

"'California Comeback!' is the favorite slogan of Gov. Jerry Brown and other Sacramento politicians cheering a temporary budget surplus provided by a roaring stock market," Kashkari wrote in an essay on the Wall Street Journal's website last week. "But California also has the highest poverty rate in America at 24%. Is California really back?"

Kashkari trails incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown by 20 points in the polls and by roughly $20 million in campaign cash.

Kashkari said his goal was simple: to shine a spotlight on the travails of average Californians still being squeezed by a struggling economy.

Then came the fundraising payoff: $250,000 in the days immediately following the video release. He has also gotten a lot of media attention.

Critics argue that both Draper and Kashkari, a former investment banker who ran the federal government's bank bailout after the 2008 crash, are millionaire attention seekers interested mainly in earning cocktail party talking points.

But she faulted the "silly execution" of his video, in which he is seen walking into mom-and-pop shops looking for work.

A Democratic critic of the video faulted what she called "the silly execution" of the effort. "His approach of saying 'I just got into town and I need money soon' is not the best pitch for job hunting,' voters may wonder if his approach to job creation will be as weak as his approach to job hunting."

One comment at the video site caught my eye: "Zillionaire investment banker pretends to care about the poor. In a surprising twist, he advocates lower taxes on zillionaire investment bankers as a way to improve conditions for the poor."

Sources:
http://www.sfgate.com/...
http://www.latimes.com/...

Cross-posted at: All-len-All, Daily Kos, PlanetPOV, Yabberz

Originally posted to murphthesurf3 on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 11:35 AM PDT.

Also republished by Hunger in America, PostHuffPost: Connection-Conversation-Community , and California politics.

Poll

Is Kaskari's video.....

0%0 votes
100%21 votes
0%0 votes

| 21 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site