LOS ANGELES, October 3, 2014 — On September 20, 2014, Sara Kamiab, a supporter of GOP candidate Neel Kashkari, hijacked an interview on the floor of the California GOP (CAGOP) convention, overtaking the positive message of Black Urban Game Changers.Please note that the following video does contain foul language not suitable for children.
Kamiab is a member of the leadership team of Grow Elect and campaigns for Neel Kashkari.
As I questioned Kashkari’s involvement in the community during the interview, Kamiab injected herself into the segment saying “why are you talking s**t about Neel Kashkari.”
She called the children who were there with me “f***’in beautiful” eliciting a response from the offended mom who pointed out that she does not swear in front of her children, or in her home. The children were guests of the John Wood for Congress reception party.
At that point, Adam King who is running for congress had enough, saying “please, the children; we have children here.”
Kamiab is not a Kashkari staffer, however she continues to attach and promote herself as a representative of his campaign.
Her BIO on “Grow Elect” clearly shows a close connection to Kashkari where it states:
We welcome Sara to the Team and an exciting November election! NEEL KASHKARI HELPS REBRAND AND REBUILD CALIFORNIA
GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is the first GOP candidate of color for the state’s top post. Kashkari earned national attention and significant respect for his decision to live homeless on the streets of Fresno for a week.
Kashkari has also highlighted California’s continuing economic distress and the states need for more good jobs despite the false claim that “California’s back.” Kashkari is concerned about education reform and his support for the Vergara decision and changing teacher tenure and dismissal policies, issues of great importance to the Latino community.
The number of Black people at the convention was few. Being attacked by Kamiab, who is not black, made those assembled, including the children, extremely uncomfortable. The message to those children and other Blacks assembled was, “don’t speak up, you are not valid,” and “don’t speak up, you will be attacked.”
Kamiab’s word choice, and the fact that she chose to swear before a reporter, during a taped interview, is a prime example of why urban conservatives and youth stay away from political gatherings where they are at best seen as interlopers, or worse, open for attack.
The convention was a positive event for the GOP and conservatives, but it was diminished by Kamiab’s verbal assault as captured on the video. Kamiab’s unfortunate display is why groups like the CAGOP do not take the involvement of urbanites seriously.
Kamiab promotes herself as a representative of the Kashkari campaign. On June 9, a social media post by Kamiab was tagged “That just happened selfie brought to you be Neel Cash $=$” proving her personal connection to Kashkari and campaign supporters.
GOP Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is the first GOP candidate of color for the state’s top post earning national attention and significant respect for his decision to live homeless on the streets of Fresno for a week.
Kashkari highlighted California’s continuing economic distress and the states need for more good jobs despite the false claim that “California’s back.”
Kashkari has also highlighted education reform, his support for the Vergara decision and changing teacher tenure and dismissal policies, issues of great importance to the Latino community.
Kamiab is a member of Grow Elect a group committed to “empowering the Latino community within both the Republican Party and in the halls of local and state government.”
According to Grow Elect:
Sara Kamiab joins GROW Elect’s veteran campaign team of Moises Merino, Luis Alvarado and Kevin Spillane. Sara previously served as Director for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s widely praised Get Out the Vote (GOTV) operation, which surpassed those of Big Labor and the Democrats despite being outspent. Sara then went on to serve as Campaign Manager for the successful campaign of San Diego City Councilwoman Lori Zapf, the first Latina on the Council and a GROW candidate.
On her BIO on “Grow Elect’ she clearly has a close connection to Kashkari:
“We welcome Sara to the Team and an exciting November election! NEEL KASHKARI HELPS REBRAND AND REBUILD CALIFORNIA”
So why would Kamiab attack me in such an abusive manner during this interview? As an advocate for the CAGOP for over 25 years I have worked to bring the urban community to candidates, and the candidates to the urban community.
Allowing young, untrained college staffers loose at an important event, such as the CAGOP convention, to act as spokespeople for candidates is not in minorities best interest. Verbally attacking another member of the urban Republican party displays a particularly heinous brand of Embedded Racism (or “ER”), or subtly racist tendencies.
The social construct of race relationship, culture awareness, however, devastates the ideological dream that the California Republican can reach out to the urban communities.
Kamiab’s attack is an example of a lack of culture awareness of the ethnic minorities and only strengthens the stereotype assumptions that have been predetermined by the CAGOP phenotypic appearance.
Too many from the urban community are oblivious to their actions. Kambia’s actions were not only inappropriate, but offensive.
CAGOP cannot continue to claim to be clueless about the war we are in the urban communities. The GOP and Grow Elect must embrace all Americans regardless of ethnic heritage. Not only the Whites and Latinos in California.