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Jeb Bush Endorses Neel Kashkari For Calif. Governor

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is announcing an endorsement from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential contender for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

In a statement released Tuesday by Kashkari’s campaign, Bush says the former U.S. Treasury official “has the vision and the drive to reject the status quo.”

Bush’s endorsement comes a day after Kashkari announced endorsements from 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former California Gov. Pete Wilson and Rep. Darrell Issa.

The endorsements from the GOP establishment highlight the distinction between Kashkari and his chief GOP rival, state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who enjoys support from gun-rights advocates and tea party activists.

Bush angered conservatives recently when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an “act of love” by people trying to provide for their families.

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