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California Gubernatorial Candidate Lives As Homeless Person For A Week

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari speaks to the media at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 11, 2014.
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari speaks to the media at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 11, 2014.

SACRAMENTO — California's Republican candidate for governor says 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.

In an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Neel Kashkari says he took a bus from Los Angeles to Fresno earlier this month with $40 in his pocket. He says he turned to park benches and parking lots to sleep at night and got food at a homeless shelter.

The 41-year-old Kashkari says he was unable to find a job. He accuses the state's politicians of ignoring the poor.

A recent poll shows Kashkari, a former banker and U.S. Treasury official, trailing Brown by 19 points. The race has so far generated only sporadic public interest.

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