Kashkari jokes about
being the tallest Smurf
Neel Kashkari has tried to manage fundraising expectations around his run for governor by suggesting that, in a primary contest, he only needs to be the “strongest weakling” to succeed.
On the East Coast meeting with potential donors and media outlets, Kashkari on Monday offered a variation.
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“Well, step one is to get through the primary,” the former U.S. Treasury Department official said when asked about campaign money on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “And I like to joke that I need to be the tallest Smurf to get through the primary. And then the tallest Smurf gets to go take on Gargamel in the November general election.”
Kashkari’s remarks come after filings showed his fundraising tapering off. He has more than $900,000 on hand, far more than Republican rival Tim Donnelly, who has less than $11,000, but a fraction of the nearly $20 million Gov. Jerry Brown holds.
The “Smurf” reference appeared to work. “Tallest Smurf,” one of Kashkari’s hosts repeated later in the interview. “No one can get mad at that, because they’re not real, are they?”
Said Kashkari: “Well, there may be little blue people somewhere.”
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