See Neel Kashkari’s video of living on the street

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown‘s claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn, the Associated Press reports.

Wanna guess what he concluded?

He wrote an opinion piece on his experience for the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall, unfortunately), but here’s the video his campaign produced:

You’ve gotta give him credit for cojones. Whether California voters believe the state is worse off under Brown’s stewardship remains to be seen, but this is not something you would’ve seen Meg Whitman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Simon, Dan Lungren or Pete Wilson do in a million years. Kashkari may be running his campaign on a shoestring, but he’s clearly all in.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Marga

    Interesting that he chose Fresno. It seems that all the hype about the great job that Mayor and CA Controller candidate Ashley Swearengin has done is bogus.

    It’s good to see Republicans exposing other Republicans.

    But it’s good he did this, rich people need to understand what it’s like to be poor more often.

  • Willis James

    From the official City of Fresno site

    ” Never walk down a train track; it’s illegal and it’s dangerous.”


    I expect a vigorous prosecution. Perhaps he can plead to a misdemeanor and get only 3 years probation

  • Daniel Curtin

    Where was Neel Kashkari’s concern about homelessness when he bailed out the banks with hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars of TARP money and left California homeowners underwater? A Luguna Beach millionaire Wall Street tool learning about homelessness in Fresno… now that’s rich.

  • Elwood

    I would speculate that there have been unemployed homeless in Fresno since long before Jerry Brown’s most recent sojourn in Sacramento.