It's not every day you see a political ad that should come with a trigger warning. But hand it to Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, for doing whatever it takes to get noticed.

His new ad, “Betrayal,” opens with disturbing images of a child drowning in a pool. Kashkari yanks the child out, and then — as the traumatized kid sits with a towel wrapped around him — delivers a campaign pitch.



“Jerry Brown betrayed our kids to protect his donors,” Kashkari says in the spot. “When I'm governor, I'll fight for kids, not against them.”

Kashkari is referring to the Vergara ruling, which held that the state's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, and which Brown opposes.

Gov. Brown's campaign manager responded quickly on Twitter:

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