Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari today announced earning the endorsement of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
“Our Party must champion policies and principles that make opportunity and the American Dream more accessible for all. I believe electing Neel Kashkari as Governor will bring to Sacramento the fresh perspective and bold reforms we need to accomplish that,” said Rice. “Neel’s focus on uniting Californians around fiscally conservative economic principles is the right message to help us grow the Republican Party in California and across the nation. I’m proud to stand with him in this important race.”
Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates. From 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor from 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position. Rice joined the faculty of Stanford University as a professor of Political Science in 1981. From 1989 to 1991, she served first as Director and then Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs to President George H.W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification. She returned to Stanford in 1991 and for six years served as Provost, the institution’s chief budget and academic officer.
“Secretary Rice has been a champion of freedom and American economic values throughout her career, and I am grateful to earn her endorsement in my campaign. The Republican principles of hard work, personal responsibility and fiscal conservatism are exactly what’s needed to help rebuild California’s middle class, which has been devastated by Gov. Brown’s failed leadership,” said Kashkari. “Creating good, private-sector jobs and ensuring all our kids get a great education – regardless of where they’re from or how much money their parents make – is critical to that effort, and that’s the reason I’m running for governor.”
Last week, Kashkari launched the first television advertisement of his gubernatorial campaign, Ax, a statewide 30-second ad introducing him to voters as a fiscal conservative with the right background and the right vision to turn the state around. Kashkari has also earned the endorsements of a number of prominent national Republicans, including Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Mitt Romney, Governor Pete Wilson, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, conservative leader Hugh Hewitt and taxpayer advocate Lew Uhler. He has also been endorsed by New Majority California, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff and a number of prominent Latino leaders.