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Kashkari rebutts Brown's State of the State speech

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Updated: 1/22 9:54 am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari responded to Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address today, claiming the status quo is devastating for millions of Californians.

“Governor Brown may claim a California comeback, but the truth is that he has forgotten the millions of California families who are struggling,” Kashkari said in a statement today. “24 percent of our fellow Californians live in poverty. Yet how many times did the Governor mention poverty in his 17-minute address? Not once. That is outrageous.”

Kashkari further backed these sentiments by claiming California schools are ranked 46th in the nations and nearly 18% of Californians are out of work or forced into part-time jobs.

“People don’t want welfare, they want good jobs,” stated Kashkari. “Yet instead of doing the hard work of fixing these problems, Governor Brown is focused on touting record-high spending and building a crazy train that the state doesn’t want and can’t afford.”

Kashkari announced his bid for Governor yesterday at a luncheon at the California State University, Sacramento.

Biographical information provided by The Associated Press:

NAME: Neel Tushar Kashkari

AGE: 40. Born in Akron, Ohio, July 30, 1973

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's in engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995; master's in engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997; MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2002.

EXPERIENCE: Aerospace engineer at Redondo Beach-based TRW Inc., 1998-2000; vice president at Goldman Sachs & Co. in San Francisco, 2002-2006; aide to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, nominated in 2007 by President George W. Bush as assistant secretary of the Treasury for international affairs; headed Treasury's new Office of Financial Stability from 2008 to 2009 overseeing the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program; head of global investments at Newport Beach-based bond investment company PIMCO, 2009-2013. Named one of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2008.

FAMILY: Divorced

QUOTE: "When I was in Washington, everyone told us you can't get Republicans and Democrats to work together. They will never come together to use taxpayer dollars to stabilize the economy. ... The leaders said, 'If this is what's at stake, we will find a way to get this done.' And that was Democrats and Republicans. And so one of the worst moments in our country's history, in modern times economically, was actually one of the most remarkable moments politically. Because our leaders did something they almost never do, which is they came together, they put the country before their own political prospects, and it worked."

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