Scooping, at least, the Register’s paywall, per the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Weekly blog,
Neel Kashkari, the former U.S. Treasury Department official who has been preparing to run for governor for a year, formally entered the contest Tuesday, pledging to improve public education and the jobs climate in California. “That’s my platform: Jobs and education,” Kashkari said at a business luncheon at Sacramento State. “Jobs and education. That’s it.”
In declaring his candidacy, Kashkari, 40, joins Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, as the only Republicans actively campaigning to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown. Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado abandoned his campaign last week. “Millions of Californians are struggling,” Kashkari said. “The status quo is unacceptable.” Kashkari’s entrance into the race was widely expected. He left his job at Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. a year ago, hired political advisers and spent recent months meeting with potential donors and giving newspaper interviews.
We’d believe that education in California might be just fine if Kashkari or Asm. Donnelly could figure out a way to move the Teachers Unions out of the picture and promote more charter schools.