August 18th, 2009
07:38 PM ET
9 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. Rob

    Here's to hoping Boxer is booted out on her pompous, pretentious backside.

    The Senate will be a much better, and more productive place with her out of it.

    August 18, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Operation Crush Rush

    The crook that ran HP into the ground,oh yes,what a choice.

    August 18, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    Seeing as how she was able to drive HP right into the ground, she would be an excellent fit for the state of California.

    August 18, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. stormerF

    Go Carly,Go..Time for Boxer to go she has been around to long,enough of the career politicians.

    August 18, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. J

    Failed CEO, failed political adviser....

    August 18, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Derek

    I find it humorous that this article fails to mention WHY Fiorina left HP... L-O-L.

    August 18, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Lisa in FL

    Fiornia ran Hewlitt-Packard into the ground when she was CEO. If California wants to go over the cliff....then she's your woman.

    August 18, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Chris - Denver

    Oh, great. So she can do for America what she did for HP. In a just world, nobody would listen to what that dim-bulb Fiorina has to say.

    August 18, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Sam I Am

    Californians also remember Ms. Florinda as the HP CEO who had to leave her job because of ethics violations at HP. She was also forced out because she did very poorly as a CEO. I seriously doubt, no matter how much money she spends, she'll win. We've had enough of people like her in this state. She's toast before she's even started. But then again, McCain seems to keep motoring along despite his casual attitude regarding ethics. Perhaps she'll be yet another Republican that will get into office, pretend to be moral and ethical, all the while abusing her power and pandering to big companies. Nice.

    August 18, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. American Voice

    She was a big supporter of McCain and will lose just like McCain. Maybe they both can retire somewhere in Arizona.

    August 18, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. MD

    No contest. Boxer would wipe the floor with Fiorina.

    August 18, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. big papa

    Fiorina isn't fit to shovel barnyard excrement...

    ...she almost ruined Hewlitt-Packard...

    ...AND she's a Republican confederate inbred to boot!

    August 18, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. yuri

    We would love to see and hear Fiorina make another gigantic gaffe like the one in the RNC meeting last year. GOP gaffe wre giggle-provoking instead of thought-provoking or providin' food for thought. It sure, as heck, furnishes fodder for the funny men.

    August 18, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Tired

    Oh no–another NASTY Republican!

    August 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Dick46

    Go Carly!

    August 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. seebofubar

    Boxer is an arrogant socialist that should be run out of office. Hand her her broomstick and tell her there's a scarecrow in Siberia.

    August 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Proud Member..Party of No

    Fiorina should win by a landslide but I guess we'll find out just exactly how many idiots there actually are in California by the number of people that vote for the completely inept Boxer.

    August 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Jackie in Dallas

    Well, she was right...neither McCain nor Palin have any experience in running a major company, either. Does having a lot of money and working your way up on the management rungs of a major corporation qualify you to be a Senator? I'm not so sure that that follows, either. Just what California needs, another rich person with no clue about the reality of the middle class or the poor running for the Senate. But I give her snaps for honesty about her own team...

    August 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    I welcome Ms. Fiorina's attempt to unseat "Senator" Boxer, who has had too much of her own agenda than People's business on her mind.

    August 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Obama Victim

    don't know much about Fiorinna.....................but I do know that Barbara Boxer is a national embarassment......if anyone needs to go in front of the death panel it would be her

    August 18, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Ryan M

    What will her campaign slogan be? "I ran HP into the ground, and I can do the same for CA"?

    August 18, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Jack Martin

    In 2004, Carly Fiorina gave a speech in which she said, “there is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore.” Fiorina was a proponent of off-shoring high-tech jobs to China and India. She called it "right-shoring." Carly Fiorina is an enemy to the common man, as well as the educated man in the United States. Carly Fiorina, if elected, would send more jobs overseas, and she would further the destruction of the United States. She would lead the race to the bottom for all citizens of the U.S.A.

    August 18, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I'm not a big Fiorina fan–she wasn't good for HP–but she's a vast improvement over Boxer.

    August 18, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. gary

    Just another no mind repub that cant wait to get to Washington to screw-over the comman person.This lady is very very dangerous.

    August 18, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Steve

    I'm all for you Carly. Boxer is and has been a disgrace to California. You'll get my vote!

    August 18, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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