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Neel Kashkari x 5 pre-filed

Neel Before … Jerry Brown?

OK, technically Orange County’s sort-of-own  Neel Kashkari just took out papers — what I call “pre-filing” and because OJB is the only outlet that pays attention to the Registrar of Voters Candidate Filing Logs with insane regularity, we of course have the story first.  (At least Google didn’t say that anyone else has it first.)  Even pre-filing costs money, and Kashkari did it today — and it’s the first evidence that he actually found his way to the Registrar of Voters office.  And, by the way, it puts him ahead of Jerry Brown, who should either stop dithering and pre-file or just announce outright that he’s waiting until everyone else has unalterably committed to another race — and then inform us that his wife, Ann Gust Brown, will run instead.  You read both here first!  We OWN this story!

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)