Neel Kashkari, Indian-American of Kashmiri origin, to run for California governor’s post

WASHINGTON (TIP): When Neel Kashkari was drafted by the Bush administration in 2008 to oversee the massive bailout program following the mortgage meltdown, an online wiseacre quipped: “Seriously? The guy overseeing the $700 billion is named ‘CashCarry’?”

On January 21, after declaring he will be running for governor of California, the 40-year old Indian-American whose parents emigrated from Kashmir will be hoping the name resonates with contributors and donors — not to speak of voters — whose help he will need to win America’s biggest gubernatorial prize.

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