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donnellybrown.jpgRepublican Neel Kashkari is comparing GOP rival Tim Donnelly to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in a new attack ad being mailed to conservative primary voters in the gubernatorial race.

"Tim Donnelly & Jerry Brown: A crazy train of irresponsible spending," the mailer says in red letters.

Kashkari, a moderate Republican, criticizes Brown for his support of California's $68 billion high-speed rail project - a project Kashkari and Donnelly, a tea party favorite, both oppose.

The mailer goes on to call Donnelly a "wreck," saying "he didn't pay his company's taxes or his mortgage." Donnelly did have a foreclosure on an investment property he owned in South Carolina. The tax lien the mailer references was listed as being released this year.

The ad also says Donnelly "gamed the system" to get additional pay. But per-diem payments and a subsidized car are benefits available to lawmakers without any special maneuvering required.

PHOTO: Neel Kashkari likens GOP rival Tim Donnelly to Gov. Jerry Brown in the most recent mail piece of the gubernatorial campaign


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