Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina to Run for Senate

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Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced that she will run for Senate in California today. The Washington Post has more:

“Throughout my career I’ve brought people together, and I’ve solved problems,” wrote Fiorina in an editorial in the Orange County Register today. “And that is what is needed in our government today. People who are willing to set aside ego and partisanship and instead work to develop solutions to our problems.”

On paper, Fiorina gives Republicans their most serious candidate against Sen. Barbara Boxer since 1998 when then state Treasurer Matt Fong (R) held the Democratic incumbent to 53 percent.

As a successful businesswoman, Fiorina presents a significant contrast to Boxer who has been in elected office in California since 1976. And, Fiorina’s personal wealth means that she can fight Boxer dollar for dollar in a state where money (and the television ads it buys) is absolutely critical. Fiorina does start far behind Boxer in the money chase, however, as the Democrat showed more than $6 million on hand at the end of September.

One California Republican strategist acknowledged that Fiorina “has a long way to go” in terms of viability but quickly added that her profile, her personal wealth (assuming she spends some of it) and Boxer’s controversial persona means that the Republican will likely stay within shouting distance of the incumbent through next summer and fall.

If Fiorina’s HP legacy has any bearing on her ability to be a successful political leader, this doesn’t bode well. That said, many people have become politicians after unusual careers (especially in California). And in politics, dogma and money override past mistakes. It’s not about ability to govern, it’s about the ability to get votes.

This will get interesting.

  • Ken Fretz

    If she were to do for the United States what she did for HP/Compaq/DEC, we will remember our current problems as the “good old days”

    Ken

  • Carley took HP’s investors to a permanent stay in hotel looser. She single handedly devalued their investments by 50%. She was so arrogant that she believed HP could create markets for products. She was involved in illegal, or at least highly un-ethical adventures while leaded HP. I can’t think of a single example of a worse business person on the planet, ever in history, than her. She is the poster child of looser Inc, squandered HP’s value, and needs to crawl into a corner of some deserted rat hole and stay off the business, or political, scene forever. Her attempt at revisionistic history in her self written auto-biology, is another example of why you don’t want to be associated with this person. Just ask the other HP board memebers how they liked her hiring detective agencies to investigate them, invade their privacy, and pretend to be them, so as to steal private information. Ask HP employees why they played “Horray, the wicked witch is dead” at HP Cupertino when she was finally fired. Just ask the HP employees that lost their jobs and their livelyhood. Just ask the investors that lost their life savings. I wouldn’t recommend her for any job, much less be a senator. The only part of “running” that she needs to focus on is “running” from her past, her previous investors, and the media.

    Stephanie Mcnealy

  • Linda

    “As a successful businesswoman, Fiorina presents a significant contrast to Boxer who has been in elected office in California since 1976. And, Fiorina‚Äôs personal wealth means that she can fight Boxer dollar for dollar in a state where money (and the television ads it buys) is absolutely critical. Fiorina does start far behind Boxer in the money chase, however, as the Democrat showed more than $6 million on hand at the end of September.”

    A Successful Business woman? Hewlett-Packard fired her due to incompetence but she walked away with a $27 million payout for being a F—–g failure, why is she even being considered for position in Senate when California is in bad shape already. Please wake up people and realize what this bi— is up to, money-power loving c—. Think about the future of your children. I do not live in CA but I can see what a bad thing is about to happen. Good luck and please pay attention.