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. Len Smith

    This woman drove HP to its knees and got out with one big bonus and now wants to drive the country to its knees, after Bush has done such a great job. She had to leave the McCain campaign for mouthing off about things she knows nothing about and she wants to a senator. Thank God, California has a Barbara Boxer for a senator.

    August 18, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Don

    Just what we need! She almost destroyed Hewlett Packard as its CEO and now she wants to be in congress. Just what we need. another out-of-touch millionaire in congress. May God help us.

    August 18, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Henepenny

    Just what California needs is a millionair Republican running for the senate just like her fellow party members that have no idea what poverty is. She wins then the Bush era could be back!

    August 18, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Jefe

    I'm no fan of Boxer, but at least she isn't a big proponent of helping "offshore" jobs. We saw enough of the "drive American jobs out of America" policies under the Bush Administration. We don't need another Senator who considers such to be one of her pet projects.

    August 18, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. mrbistre

    Yes... because the Senate doesn't operate nearly as much in favor of corporate America and millionares as it is, by all means launch that politcal career... maybe one day she can run for downsizer and chief

    August 18, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Jilli

    So killing HP wasn't enough for her ego, now she wants to do the same to California?

    Yeah, right.

    August 18, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Dave

    I don't see where you can get any worse than Boxer...Erase the party politics and take a close look at boxer...Can anybody do worse?

    I say vote for anybody BUT Boxer...Then, give her the title she worked really hard for "Former Senator...."

    August 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Happy in Arizona

    A monkey could do better than Boxer. She is one woman so full of baloney, and should go into theatre rather than politics.

    August 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. TCM

    All liberal hacks are going.....bye bye Boxer...

    August 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Arlene, Illinois

    Carly doesn't have to raise any money for her run, just use
    the $40 Million Dollar Golden parachute she received when
    they fired her from Hewlitt Packard. All she has to do is ask
    the good people there for a vote of confidence. Ya Right!

    August 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Ex-Repug

    That woman is a disaster and the last thing California needs right now. She ran HP through the ground and was a terrible surrogate for McCain. She also did not think there was anything wrong wioth the economy that couldn't be fixed on it's own. In other words, if McCain got into office and followed her economic advise we would be in a depression right now with over 20% unemployment.

    August 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. mytabloids

    Proof that money, not skill or intelligence, will get you on the ticket in America.

    She's a loser, but a rich one, and that's what it takes to run a successful campaign. Ethics and ability are way down the list....

    August 18, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. Otto

    How many spy's are there in CA? At least one is trying to get in...remember the disgrace she caused at HP?

    August 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. sharon

    I'd vote for Boxer any day.

    millions do not make a senator good.
    We've seen this already in wal-street/ C-street/Huge buiness/even the people that , "we the people" have sent to represent us.

    August 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Fiorina is a joke as is Meg Whitman. Neither will present much of a challenge.

    August 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. William in San Jose

    Don't forget that she cut and run on Lucent Technologies after she did her damage there too. She's got a lovely yaucht though and marvelous shoes! God, I've got to get out of this country.

    August 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    GREAT !!!!!! She did a fabulous job @ HP. The biggest losses in history under her watch...............plus the largest seperation check ever!!! That is JUST what California needs given their current economic woes .

    August 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Never Repub again

    If you are tired of Repub obstruction then donate to the DNC, and Moveon.org. Lets vote them out.

    August 18, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Another corporate crook running things? Didn't these right-wing corporate raiders steal and do enough damage for the past 8 years?....with George Bush's permission, of course.(deregulation).

    But, as a progressive, I am now facing the fact the Barack Obama is a limp-wristed liberal (kiss a good healthcare bill goodbye). And, the Democratic Party is as disorganized as it has ever been.. And, always shooting themselves in the foot.

    So, get ready for Republicans to start taking it all back. And, Democrats have nobody to blame but themselves.

    August 18, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Belle Perimetre

    Ms Fiorina is a smart and decent person. She will make a great senator for Cali.

    August 18, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    Yes, please. The CEOs are in dire need of due representation in the senate. Far too many CEOs are losing their second summer homes and servants on call in this political climate. It's high-time someone stand up for the extremely rich for a change!

    It's agood thing we need not know anything about her other thanj she's a Republican. Researching political stances is hard work. I, like most Americans, like my decisions made for me. Thinking for myself is too hard!

    August 18, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Stephan

    If you have any friends that ever worked for Lucent Technologies or HP – you will know the Dems will have plenty of ammo to defeat her. When the issue is jobs, the economy and economic growth you don't want someone who nearly destroyed two leading American technology companies. And in each case she took off with multi-million dollar golden parachutes – yeah – that will go over really well.

    August 18, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Bob

    First she messed up Hewlett-Packard now she wants to foul up the United States?

    August 18, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Lori, Houston Texas

    Ms. Boxer better check her phones for bugs.

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

    Carly for California? Is her slogan going to be 'I will do for you want I did for HP'?

    August 18, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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