August 18th, 2009
07:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Fiorina takes initial step to challenge Boxer

Fiorina is considering a run for the Senate .
Fiorina is considering a run for the Senate .

(CNN) - Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is taking the initial steps to challenge California Democrat Barbara Boxer for her Senate seat, a move that could lay the groundwork for one of the most high profile and expensive contests of 2010.

Fiorina, the first woman to lead a Fortune 500 company and a former surrogate for John McCain's presidential bid, filed a tax identification number and registered a campaign committee with the IRS Tuesday called "Carly for California."

"The people of California have serious concerns about job creation, economic growth and the role of government in solving problems that touch each of ourlives," Fiorina said in a statement. "I have received a great deal of encouragement to make a run for the Senate in 2010 from people across the political spectrum because these are all issues that need focused attention in Washington, D.C."

Under the new committee, Fiorina will begin to aggressively raise money as well as speak with policy experts and campaign advisors, spokeswoman Beth Miller told CNN.

Boxer's campaign coffers are already loaded: the three-term senator's latest filing with the Federal Elections Commission shows she raised well over $2 million during the first half of the year and has close to $5.5 million cash on hand.

Though Fiorina does not have a set timetable to formally announce a Senate bid, Miller said the former Hewlett-Packard CEO's window to make a decision is only a couple of months given a GOP primary is set for next June.

A former economic adviser and visible presence on cable news, Fiorina was largely sidelined from public appearances from the McCain campaign after telling an interviewer she didn't think either member of the GOP presidential ticket was qualified to run a major company.

Democrats wasted little time in attacking Fiorina's latest move.

“This is a person who was fired from Hewlett Packard for running the company into the ground, fired from the McCain Presidential Campaign for incompetence, and now thinks the people of California are going to hire her," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Eric Schultz.

Should she ultimately jump into the Senate race, Fiorina would be the second high-profile former CEO running for statewide office in California. Former e-Bay CEO Meg Whitman announced last month she was exploring a run for California governor.


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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. mdauer

    Carly coouldn't run Hewlett Packard, what makes her think she coould run a state? Take a look what someone else was able to do with the company that she failed. Poor California doesn't have much to look forward to with her or Boxer.mgd

    August 18, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Mary B

    anyone but the NASTY BOXER......mame

    August 18, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Dave

    I see people are tired of the handouts for those that do not want to work for a living. Hay, those that do not work for a living, get off your asses and work or go hungary! No can work, go home to Mexico or where ever you came from. Join the Peace Corps of what ever. I will pay a person minimum wage to bring in trash off the road, mow the weeds along the road, setting up a camp for prisioners like in Arizona, and the likes. Don't suck off my dollar and expect it an an entitlement. The Great Society of the 1960's is gone. There are no more entitlements as you broke the bank, the city, and the State. Work or go hungary! If you don't like it move to another country and see what they tell you!

    August 18, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Kate in San Diego

    Just what we need in California – a crook with a gazillion dollars. I can hardly wait. She totally screwed up Hewlett-Packard, was an advisor to Bush, and could care less about doing anything for anyone except her equally rich cronies. But Barbara is tough and will win her seat again. Ms. Fiorina will surely show her true colors as the fascist she is in a short amount of time.

    August 18, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Pretty Funny

    That's pretty funny calling Fiona a failure. I worked at HP for ten years, and then got laid off because of the ladies failure. Hey...she was succesfull at ruining so many people's lives. Have some respect for a lady that made alot of us unemployed!

    She also almost destroyed Lucent, which alot of people haven't done.

    August 18, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    California needs Carly. Boxer, Waxman, Pelosi and Feinstein are running the country into bankruptcy.

    GO CARLY GO!!!!!!

    August 18, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. jayson

    Blown away that Republicans are pushing Fiorina. She is loved by the media, but I have NO idea why. This is the person who ran HP into the ground and was quoted as saying "Americans have no God-given right to jobs" in response to criticims of outsourcing. There is so much dirt on her. Current angry conservatives would be hypocrites to support her.

    August 18, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. A Democrat

    Get rid of Boxer and get rid of Pelosi now that is change we can count on!!!

    August 18, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. jon c. sprowl

    barbara boxer is a joke, she is by far the worst senitor in california history. anyone would be better.

    August 18, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Daniel Peterson

    Just Great! Let's go back to the self serving bush administration, where to poster child for globalization and corporate greed at the expense of every insignificant person on the planet gets put in charge.

    I have the miserable distinction of having shaken her hand a few years to prior to being laid off by her. I am still trying to remove the stench.

    Let's hope california voters know better.

    August 18, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. ABChicago

    Ms. Fiorina will make a great conservative politician as she has demonstrated two of their most obvious characteristics. Her skills at mis-management were well demonstrated AT&T when she oversaw spinning off that piece of garbage, Lucent, to an unsuspecting investing public, and later running HP into a wall. And she demonstrated the far right's paranoid tendencies when she hired folks to spy on her own board of directors at HP. She'll be a perfect addtion to Sarah, Joe the P, Rush, Newt and the rest of the far righties looking to take over the Republican party.

    August 18, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. roy elliott

    First of the three worst Reps to GO!!! Polesi and Fienstein are next!!

    August 18, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Isabelle

    Yet another bimbo Republican who thinks she's royalty.....first Palin, now this thing! ick!

    August 18, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. A.B.

    Barbara Boxer will give Carly Fiorina a GOOD political WHIPPING and make the failed HP CEO see that she is out of her league. Fiorina got fired for runing HP into the ground and also got fired from the McCain Campaign for putting her foot in her mouth by discrediting McCain and other GOP candidates–she said that none of the GOP candidates is qualified to run a company. Like she can?? HA!!

    August 18, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. Trenton

    What's a failed CEO got better to do? This Republican "twit" will be defeated by a landslide!

    August 18, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. M. ELIAS

    please run so that we can be well rid of her once and for all.
    MS. BOXER AND MS. PELOSI ARE BOTH VERY BRIGHT AND
    INTERLLIGENT WOMEN. MS. FIORINA DOES NOT MEASURE
    UP................

    August 18, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Benito Mussolini

    I love Fionina.

    August 18, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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