Carly Fiorina officially declares her campaign for the Senate.
Written by RANDY SHUN / Published November 20, 2009
Carly Fiorina will be running to represent California in the United States Senate.
Fiorina announced her candidacy on November 4.
She will be competing against state assemblyman Chuck DeVore. If elected in next June’s state primary, Fiorina will run against incumbent Barbara Boxer.
Fiorina, John McCain’s campaign economic advisor, intends to run on moderate Republican issues, but will mainly concentrate on developing solutions to job losses and economic slumps.
Previously the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she currently faces off against Devore for the Republican nomination. In recent polls the public favors Fiorina to Devore, 22 percent to 21 percent respectively.
Fiorina’s run for a Senate seat, provided she receives the necessary nomination, is at odds with Boxer’s. While Boxer’s approval rating currently hovers around 48 percent, Fiorina believes recent events (verbal scuffles over race and honorifics) will detract from Boxer’s appeal. “After chemotherapy, Barbara Boxer just really isn’t that scary anymore,” says Fiorina.
Fiorina has received fire for hypocrisy. When citing the need for new job, critics claimed she fired over 28,000 employees while serving under Hewlett-Packard.
“It’s a shame,” when questioned about her lack of voting over the years.
Democratic U.S. senator Boxer is seeking to defend her three-term seat, a feat believed difficult due to her diminishing approval ratings.
However, Boxer’s past stances set her apart from Fiorina. The incumbent has sponsored legislation to preserve wildlife and promote clean energy, support autism and AIDS research, increase gun control, and facilitate job creation. Project Vote Smart ranks her at 90-100 percent approval over a majority of her approval ratings.
Boxer, Chair of the Senate environmental committee, has faced similar run-offs. In 1992, she squared off against talk show host Bruce Herschensohn and won with less than 5 percent. The gap increased as she defeated former state Treasurer Matt Fong and Secretary of State Bill Jones by ten and twenty points, respectively.
Despite persisting rumors, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is term-limited, will not run for a Senate position.