The California GOP players, who do not intend to relinquish the reins of control, have evidently set their sights on a candidate to run against Jerry Brown in this year’s Gubernatorial race. We do have a Republican conservative candidate, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, but the GOP in their insatiable desire to control the outcome of all things have other ideas.
The CA GOP’s choice is Neel Kashkari a tried and true good ol’ boy/Republican-in-Name-Only. This will stir the waters for conservatives who firmly support Tim Donnelly in the run for Governor of CA. And this is exactly a part of the GOP’s plan to slay conservatism in 2014. We’ve been through this before but this year the GOP is firmly on the warpath to stop all conservative, i.e., Tea Party candidates.
When I heard Neel Kashkari’s name floated as a possible Gubernatorial candidate I decided to do some research for my own information. However, finding information on Kashkari has been pretty much an exercise in repetition that doesn’t go back much further than 2006. It seems only what is meant to be known is known.
In 2006 he joined the Treasury Department as Senior Advisor to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. Prior to that position he was Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco. Two years later in 2008 he was chosen to steer the $700 billion bailout. However, information is scant save his resume, some glowing reports from those who worked with him or knew him and his work with Henry Paulson and G.W. Bush. All I have been able to find are some previous articles by writers, with better connections than I, that have faced the same situation that still exists in 2014 – there’s not a lot of there, there.
In 2008 OpEd writer & Huffington Post contributor, Rob Kall, stated “Frankly, it almost seems as though the web has been scrubbed of all background on this man of the hour.” Huffington Post
Also in 2008, Hamilton Nolan at Gawker said much the same thing. “The whole entire media is scrambling to come up with enough background on the guy to fill up a feature story, and it is rough going.” Gawker
Recently the L.A. Times ran a piece on Kashkari’s announcement of his intention to consider running for CA Governor calling himself “a different kind of Republican”. He supports abortion rights, same-sex marriage and amnesty which he calls a path to legalization. His advisory team consists of the same people who advised Mitt Romney and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sounds like the same ol’, same ol’ and it’s beyond tiring now. L.A. Times
The below video link is Kashkari dodging direct questions from Rep Manzullo regarding the 3 million dollar bonuses given to AIG executives after the tax payer funded bailout. Kashkari is well versed in dodging and has the composure of an insider who knows the hearing is all for show. The fix was in. YouTube Video