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. Terry

    I hope this is a national trend. Good people have to step up and challenge these morons in the senate.

    August 18, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. richard

    fiorina is not up to the task. she has no credibility as a business leader or legislator. she has money but knows almost nothing
    about california or the needs of the public. if you dont live in
    california you dont get to vote on the issue.

    August 18, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    She has all the hallmarks of most GOPer senators: she's a very stupid, unethical, rich ideologue with an overblown self- image.

    August 18, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. donttreadonme

    Time for the hyper-partisan boxer to pay the price. She is part of the ultraliberal wing of the dem party that is destroying Obama..

    August 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Billy J Texas

    Other than those long winded self aggrandizing gas bag speeches that EVERY senator gives when they are supposed to asking questions at those senat 'hearings', I don't see what is so bad about Boxer. Unless of course you're the kind of person who thinks politics is a game and the parties are your 'team' do or die. In which case, we are screwed anyway. Dem or Repub, if you 'hate' them without knowing what they have really done or said, then ... well .... you deserve the crappy crooked government we have. I just wish I didn't have to share YOUR mistake when the polls close.

    August 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Sea.gem

    Awesome...someone who knows how not to spend what you don't have..getting rid of a racist, elitist, antagonist like Boxer would be a bonus...the economy is in shambles and she is on a book tour pushing her second fiction book...and people wonder why government works so slowly...half these theives are writing books...Pelosi, Obama, Boxer, Hillary...and the list goes on...

    August 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Jim

    Another Off Shore Republican.

    So I wonder how many of those laid-off HP and Compaq workers will vote for her?

    August 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Boxer is a vicious, lying person who slimes the hall of the capitol. She needs to go. She is a poster girl for incompetence and the liberal lack of ethics. I will send money to Carly.

    August 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Matt

    Are you people insane or just uneducated? How about you put someone in office who actually gives two craps? Forget Boxer. Forget Fiorina. They are BOTH trash. Open your blinded eyes and take a few minutes to read the newspaper everyday. If THESE two women are your only choices, you need to reevaluate your role as a citizen.

    August 18, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. JonDie

    Back to the past this computer-driven dinosaur with a Stone Age all the other GOPers.

    August 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. the real Mike in MN

    I don't see how anyone can support her after she ran HP into the ground and then got a huge golden parachute....

    August 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Pete

    "Be nice to have at least one intelligent woman from California in Congress."

    Yes, it would – do you have one in mind? It's surely not Carly.

    August 18, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. drman

    She got bounced from HP for accessing all the employees e-mails. She has no problem with spying and scheming to advance up the corporate ladder, then hides behind "I'm just a woman trying to get ahead in a man's world". Hopefully Californians won't fall for her lies and mis-information. If elected, she'll be reading all your e-mails!

    August 18, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Crazy ass human being

    Wouldn't it be great to have an ordinary citizen as a Senator- -you know someone that would actually support the people Of Cali?
    But in America you gotta be RICH $$$$$$$$$$$$. Who ever is the richest gets the prize.

    August 18, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Clifford Cummings

    As much as I hate Ms. Boxer, is Carly the best Republicans can do? Carly proved that a woman can run a large company into the ground as well as any man and still grab a golden parachute on the way out the door. There must be a better candidate than these two.

    August 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. chelle

    Does she seriously think that many people will vote for her once her complete history as a CEO is revealed – over and over and over again? She messed up, violated ethics, received a golden kick in the butt on her way out. This is a woman who thinks jobs SHOULD be sent overseas!!!!! How could anyone vote for her, whether a Republican or not???

    August 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Oklahoma Bob

    Just as Palin is (thankfully!) fading into the sunset of Republican nincompoopery, here's Carly to replace Sarah as eye candy for greedy old white men, i.e., Republicans. Ick!

    August 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Alfred E. Neumann

    The big winner will be the media via ad revenue.

    In 2010 we will have a Democratic governor, two Democratic US Senators and a Democratic controlled state senate & assembly – life is good.

    August 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Independent_me

    She did not do a good job of leading HP – typical Republican who would take care of the rich. As a beneficiary of Affirmative Action she wants to get rid of it. If California is stupid enough to vote for her, they deserve what they get...

    August 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Jose

    She could not run a big company like HP and yet she thinks she can somehow offer the country something with her ineptness? Give me a break! If the voters fall for that one, I've got a zillion megaton glacier sitting in my front yard that I'll sell at $1,000 a square centimeter.

    August 18, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Choi

    PLEASE Fiorina save Califonian from financial disaster.
    Boxter loves her Senate title rather than CA Senator's duty.
    My whole family will support Fiorina.

    GO FIORINA IN 2010.

    August 18, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. walleye

    Boxer is not the greatest, but we definitely dont need another RICH RepubliKlan that knows nothing about the poor and middle class of this country. All she would do is help the rich get richer and line her pockets as well as her friends.

    August 18, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. usualone

    She was not a good spokesperson for McCain when she appeared on TV. Negative vibes were produced at the time.

    August 18, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. daisy

    And her Campaign Slogan?

    "I ran HP into the ground, and I can do the same for YOU!"

    August 18, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Tom in Fl.

    That's just Great!

    She did wonders for Hewlett Packard didn't she.

    Another Millionaire Politician, Wonderful

    When you have more money than you can ever spend the only thing left is more power.

    August 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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