Since announcing his candidacy as a republican challenger to California Gov. Jerry Brown, former US Treasury Official Neel Kashkari has faced relentless criticism over his management of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the largest part of the federal government's $700 billion financial bailout plan of 2008, from Brown’s political team.

For his part, Kashkari sees Brown's backing of California's $68 billion high-speed rail inititive as a vulnerability for the sitting governor.  Kashkin's nickname for the state's troubled high speed rail program was taken from the lyrics of Ozzy Osbourne's 1980 heavy metal hit, "going off the rails on a crazy train."

Kashkari, 40, says the project reflects the mixed up priorities of the Brown Administration and lawmakers in Sacramento.

His opposition to high speed rail is not over the engineering.  In fact, in a new video on his YouTube channel, Kashkari includes a humble brag about leading a student team in engineering school in designing and building a solar powered car - a picture of which ended up in Popular Science.

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Paul W. Taylor is the editor-at-large of GOVERNING, Chief Content Officer for e.Republic, Inc. and senior advisor to the Center for Digital Government. Prior to joining the Center, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO and Chief of Staff of the state Information Services Board (ISB). Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in media, Internet start-ups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the non-profit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, DC.