In a 12-page letter released a day after his lopsided defeat to Gov. Jerry Brown, Republican Neel Kashkari said he did not appreciate how hard it would be to get his name out in the nation’s most populous state – and he acknowledged that most voters on Election Day probably didn’t know much about him.
Kashkari, 41, blamed much of his defeat on his inability to raise a sufficient amount of money, which he called “the hardest part of this campaign.”
“Developing substantive policies, dealing with the press, retail campaigning, and debating Jerry Brown were all straight-forward,” Kashkari wrote “But I did not anticipate the fatigue major Republican donors felt after very well-funded defeats in 2010 and 2012.”
Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury Department official who fell to Brown 59 percent to 41 percent, said he began writing his post-election reflections before Election Day, when public opinion polls continued to show him badly behind Brown.
“Clearly it is not meant to be a roadmap to electoral victory since we came up short,” he wrote.
The letter, “Lessons from the Trail,” was released online. In the document, Kashkari does not say if he will run again for election, though he offers, as he has before, that he looks forward to “staying involved and helping move the Republican Party and California forward.”
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