...Rebranding Republicans in California
Mr Kashkari presents himself as a different kind of Republican. The son of Indian immigrants and a practising Hindu, he grew up in Ohio, bagging groceries and mowing lawns before pursuing a degree in engineering and a career in finance. He is a social moderate, pro-gay marriage and pro-choice on abortion. This summer he marched in a gay-pride parade in San Diego, and he routinely speaks in black churches. In July he spent a week living like a homeless man in Fresno—sleeping on park benches, looking for work and eating at shelters—to highlight California’s poverty rate, the worst in America if you account for the cost of living (see chart).