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Neel Kashkari keeps up attack on Jerry Brown in new ad

In this July 31, 2014 file photo, Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari discusses issues related to poverty in California during a news conference outside of the River City Food Bank in Sacramento.
In this July 31, 2014 file photo, Republican candidate for governor Neel Kashkari discusses issues related to poverty in California during a news conference outside of the River City Food Bank in Sacramento. AP

Neel Kashkari, releasing a new ad Tuesday, kept up his criticism of Gov. Jerry Brown over California’s teacher dismissal rules, saying the Democratic governor “should be ashamed of himself.”

The ad is a continuation of Kashkari’s criticism of Brown’s decision in August to appeal a closely watched court ruling that found California’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional.

The commercial comes after Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, last week began airing a controversial ad in which he depicts himself saving a drowning child from a pool. That spot, the first of Kashkari’s general election campaign, has had limited air time on network TV.

The new ad uses more conventional imagery, with Kashkari addressing the camera directly. It is unclear how many Californians will see it, however. Kashkari’s underfunded campaign declined to say if the new ad will air on TV or how widely it might be distributed online.

In the ad, Kashkari laments a public school system that is among the worst-performing by national math and reading standards, and he criticizes Brown for his position on teacher dismissal rules.

Brown in August appealed the ruling in Vergara v. California, in which a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled California’s rules for teacher tenure and dismissal deprive students of their constitutional right to a quality education by keeping inferior teachers in classrooms.

The Democratic governor’s lawyers argued that “changes of this magnitude, as a matter of law and policy, require appellate review.”

In the ad, Kashkari says Brown “turned his back on and betrayed the neediest kids of California, and he’s fighting those kids in court today.”

“Jerry Brown should be ashamed of himself,” he says.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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