Republican candidate for governor tests real life on streets
A multimillionaire Republican candidate for governor of California, who is trying to dethrone incumbent Governor Jerry Brown, spent an entire week posing as a destitute in search of a job.
Neel Kashkari, a Republican who is in race for the top position in the state, revealed on Thursday that he posed as a homeless man looking for a job for a week on the streets of Fresno.
Mr. Kashkari had just $40 in his pockets and a duct-taped backpack. He was followed closely by a cameraman, who continuously captured the multimillionaire Republican's curious experience.
After five days, scruffy-looking Mr. Kashkari turned to the camera and said that more welfare and food stamps could not help the poor, and that people in such conditions needed jobs.
He released a 10-minute video about the curious experiment, and accused Gov. Jerry Brown of not paying heed to the state's real issues.
Disparaging Mr. Brown's administration, Mr. Kashkari said yesterday, "There's a sense of resignation in California that the middle class is just doomed. Jerry Brown doesn't want to talk about these issues, but that's just bunk - we cannot just hide from reality."
While Mr. Brown has claimed that his policies pulled California out of recession and put it again on grown path; Mr. Kashkari's street experience showed that many Californians are still struggling to make both ends meet.
Rate of unemployment is still in the double digits in several parts of the state and the state's poverty rate continues to be the highest in the country after accounting for the high cost of living.
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