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Neel Kashkari, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, used an expletive in a KFBK radio interview. He was chided by a station producer and apologized.

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The Buzz: GOP candidate Kashkari gets a bleeping lecture

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 10:42 pm

GOP candidate Kashkari gets a bleeping lecture

Neel Kashkari finished the first segment of an interview on KFBK radio in Sacramento on Wednesday when a producer bounded into the studio, having just hit the “dump” button to keep a comment off the air.

“We don’t cuss on the air,” Julie Kingsley told the GOP candidate for governor.

Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, was asked about running the federal bank bailout when he described himself as “the guy you send in when, pardon me, the s--- is hitting the fan.”

The host, former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness, asked Kingsley, “Did you catch that?” She did, and Kashkari apologized. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” he told Kingsley. “I’m sorry about that.”

Kingsley said she hesitated briefly before dumping the comment. “I wouldn’t expect it from a gubernatorial candidate,” she said, telling Kashkari, “You should know better than that.”

Gov. Jerry Brown has used the same language on occasion, and there was chuckling in the studio at the break.

The interview continued. Afterward, Kashkari held his arms apart and assessed his performance. “Second segment,” he said. “No swearing.”

– David Siders

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