Republican gubernatorial candidate
"I'm a threat to the country club Republicans," Donnelly, an assemblyman from San Bernardino County, told the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board. "I'm a danger -- because I might bring a little more country into the club."
Donnelly is the front-runner among GOP candidates to win a spot on the fall ballot to take on Gov.
But a string of controversies -- including inflammatory rhetoric about illegal immigration and an attempt to link Kashkari, a practicing Hindu, to fundamentalist Islamic law -- has prompted GOP officials and groups to denounce his bid. They include Rep.
On Wednesday, the Lincoln Club, a moneyed, business-centric GOP group, published a scathing editorial in the Orange County Register that said of Donnelly: "Not Fit to Lead the GOP."
Kashkari has also received all of the big-name Republican endorsements made in the race, including from 2012 GOP presidential nominee
Donnelly argued that such Republicans have "lost touch with people in the neighborhoods" because "they're too busy golfing or drinking together," according to the Chronicle.