Kashkari says he was joking
about lawmaker drug tests
Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari insisted Friday he was joking when on a talk radio show he proposed mandatory drug tests for all California legislators and statewide officeholders earlier in the day.
“It was a joke,” Kashkari said in a brief interview after arriving at the California Republican Party’s fall convention. “It was 6 a.m. I’m trying to entertain people.”
Early Friday morning, while guest hosting “The Mark Larson Show” on KCBQ (1170 AM) in San Diego, Kashkari said, “I think we should drug-test legislators.”
“Every statewide officeholder and everyone in the Assembly and the Senate, why don’t we just have an annual mandatory drug test?” he said.
His comments got coverage on several websites and drew derisive comments from the Capitol. “The only thing tripping” said Senate spokesman Rhys Williams, “is Mr. Kashkari’s desperate campaign.”
Less than 12 hours later, Kashkari was saying something different. As he prepared to moderate a discussion at the convention, Kashkari said he wasn’t serious about drug tests. Then he suggested – presumably kidding – IQ tests for lawmakers, instead.
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