Head of bank bailout runs for California governor

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 10:03 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official and architect of the nation's bank bailout, says he is running for governor of California.

He entered the race Tuesday as a Republican newcomer who faces long odds against incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat.

Kashkari made the announcement in a speech at California State University, Sacramento. He cited California's public schools and economy as his motivation for running, declaring the status quo is unacceptable.

The 40-year-old Ohio native and son of Indian immigrants has no political experience and has never before sought public office.

He faces a formidable challenge in trying to unseat Brown, who is widely expected to run for another term and has $17 million in his campaign account.

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