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Carly Fiorina seeks to run against Barbara Boxer

CNN is reporting that Carly Fiorina has officially entered the race for Senate in California. She first will face Chuck DeVore in the Republican primary and, if successful, then the incumbent Barbara Boxer in the 2010 election. Her announcement starts with some bland, typical political rhetoric.

The decisions made in Washington impact every family and every business, of any size, in America. Throughout my career, I've brought people together and solved problems, and that is what I plan to do in government: Set aside ego and partisanship and work to develop solutions to our problems,
But she also seems to be in tune with the idea that fiscal conservatism is a necessity in the current economic and political climate.
I will not settle for a jobless recovery, and we must start the important work of getting our financial house back in order. Washington must show discipline to cut spending and create policies that encourage and empower businesses and put people back to work.
I will confess I don't know much about Fiorina's politics. Her tenure at CEO of Hewlett-Packard was not well received but I don't know how that translates to the responsibilities of being a U.S. Senator. The CNN article describes her as "moderate Republican with little history on social issues." The fact that she has a strong background in business in encouraging at least. Of course, that background does give ample ammunition to the Democrats to use against her.
"The hallmark of Carly Fiorina's résumé is her tenure at Hewlett-Packard, where she laid off 28,000 Americans while shipping jobs overseas, just before taking a $21 million golden parachute," National Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Eric Schultz said.
Whether that assessment is fair or accurate, expect to see and hear it repeated loud and often by her opponents. Fiorina doesn't seem like the type of person to back down to a challenge.
"After chemothereapy, Barbara Boxer just really isn't that scary any more, especially when you know what to expect," said Fiorina, who battled breast cancer last spring. "She has always taken the low road to high office."
Personally, I'd support just about anyone over Barbara Boxer. But being "not Barbara Boxer" isn't enough to qualify her for the job. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming year.


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Comments (14)

Barbara Boxer gives rude, i... (Below threshold)

Barbara Boxer gives rude, ignorant, stupid, power-hungry people a bad name.

Carly may not be my first choice...but [SENATOR!!] Barbara Boxer is certainly my LAST!

Fiorina and DeVore just nee... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Fiorina and DeVore just need to keep on the offensive towards Boxer, and not turn it into a bloody internal GOP conflict. They can point out their positives and Boxer's negatives, while each simply stating that they would be more effective than their opponent. Either candidate would then have no primary soundbites from their GOP opponent for the MSM/Boxer campign to use.

I've already committed to D... (Below threshold)

I've already committed to DeVore.

Worst. CEO. Ever.R... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Worst. CEO. Ever.

Really. She single-handedly crippled two companies, failed to build anything of value, and spent more time promoting herself than actually running the company. Even worse, to make herself look semi-competent she surrounded herself with idiots who couldn't run the company in her absence. And she was frequently absent, going on world tours promoting herself. She's the poster child for what is wrong with American industry. How many Fortune 100 companies actually build teams and develop new ideas?

Of course, given the over-priced prima donnas that infest the US Senate, with their long histories of failure and egos that could fill the Grand Canyon, she'll fit right in.

You're probably right, kevi... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

You're probably right, kevino. I never followed her career, but she certainly started some fires at HP. I do remember she was asked to resign, and that takes some doing at most large companies.

That said, I'm willing to take an honest look at any candidate who has some actual business experience, a passing knowledge of economics and the toxic impact of government meddling on our economy.

Boxer certainly doesn't. She and her political kin are what's wrong with Washington.

bobdog:Oh, she scr... (Below threshold)
kevino:

bobdog:

Oh, she screwed up HP pretty well, but before that she did a number on Lucent. As I recall when the Board of Directors at HP was meeting to fire her ass, she was travelling out of the country on the company dime promoting herself. She didn't have a clue.

I agree that Senator Boxer is an excellent example of what's wrong with the American politics, but Carly Fiorina is an excellent example of what's wrong with American business. One of the problems this country has is that our elites - in the private and public sector - are so self-centered and so useless. I don't often agree with Peggy Noonan these days, but I agree with her recent piece, "We're Governed by Callous Children".

Her tenure at Lucent can be... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

Her tenure at Lucent can be figured out pretty well - Chapter 11. That was after what she did to the IT department - I was THERE.

The whole department was outsourced, with no performance measure to the outsourcing company. They promptly let go all the consultants who knew what was going on, and starting replacing each PAIR of consultants with single college graduates making 1/3 of the total salary of the people they replaced.

Yeah, she MIGHT be better then Barbara Boxer, but it is a close race for worst use of skin in history.

For our country it would be... (Below threshold)

For our country it would be good to see Boxer gone regardless of the opponent. Fiorina may have better name recognition than DeVore. However, as thousands of her ex-employees live in that state and many have less than fond remembrances, name recognition isn't always a positive. I hope the primary is respectful and doesn't damage the winner.

Worst. CEO. Ever."... (Below threshold)
914:

Worst. CEO. Ever.

"Really. She single-handedly crippled two companies, failed to build anything of value, and spent more time promoting herself than actually running the company. Even worse, to make herself look semi-competent she surrounded herself with idiots who couldn't run the company in her absence. And she was frequently absent, going on world tours promoting herself. She's the poster child for what is wrong with American industry."

Sounds like Her and Barak are made for each other.

GOD BLESS YOU CARLEY....Now... (Below threshold)
poptoy:

GOD BLESS YOU CARLEY....Now let's see if the people from the land of "Fruits and Nuts" will elect a reform candidate with a brain and backbone.

The hell with that. "Not Ba... (Below threshold)
mojo:

The hell with that. "Not Babs" is good enough for me.

Piorina will be under attac... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Piorina will be under attack by the dems just like Palin is. So long as she has some business experience running something, she has more than our chief executive. If she ruined Lucent, why did HP hire her? Boxer is crazy and needs to be replaced. She needs to be capped and traded.

Start that with an F not a ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Start that with an F not a P.

Fiorina, another failed Ah-... (Below threshold)
The Exposer:

Fiorina, another failed Ah-nold RINO liberal. She should challenge Boxer in the Democrat primary.




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