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. Allison

    OMG. . .you have got to be kidding! Fiorina is a bigger joke than Palin. I look for a landslide! GO BARBARA BOXER!!!

    August 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Where are the 4 Million Jobs that were suppose to be created by the Stimulus Bill

    anybody but BOXER!

    August 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Independent, NC

    She ran HP into the ground and walked away with 40 mil. Isn't this the same woman that illegally wiretapped employees?

    August 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Troy from NJ

    So what she was a female CEO, she ran Hewlitt Packard into the ground! She was a walking disaster as McCain ecomomic advisor. If this is Boxer's competition, I know she is sleeping very well these days.

    August 18, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Sabrina

    Go Carly, it is time for Boxer to get a new job we need to set time limits for these career politicians.

    August 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. chad

    Another CEO type that thinks they can run for government and help change the business landscape (and trust me she will be all for helping big corps) from the other side. FYI...doesn't work that way. It sounds like it would work in theory until you want to get reelected and all the people that you hurt while schlepping for big biz throw you out on your butt.

    August 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. fideauxdon

    Carly would fit the mold. Just like George W. Bush, she's dumb as a stump, and thinks she's smart as a whip. At least Meg Whitman, a Republican who is running for Governor in California, has a successful record as CEO of a major company. After being fired over 5 years ago for being a major failure and profiting mightily from it, Ms. Fiorina hasn't yet been considered for another job, so she's offering to do for the USA what she did for HP. Competence comes and goes, but incompetence lasts forever.

    August 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. alvino

    Fiorina was a bigger embarassment to the McCain campaign than Palin. She was excused early in the campaign, just like she was excused early from HP with $40 million.

    August 18, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Amazed

    She screwed up HP, now she wants to do the same to U.S.

    Some people just don't know when to disappear.

    August 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Kyle

    lol lol lol lol lol . . . . . I can't stop laughing! Fiorina is a Republican failure now and in the future. This is too funny!!

    August 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Run, Carly, run! And by the way, Boxer isn't the worst senator. That would be one of mine - Debbie Stabenow.

    August 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Jerry

    Fiorina when she was CEO of HP set up camaras to spy on her Board of Directors. Yet another Republicant fool.

    August 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Nutty Nancy

    Boxer's dissent represents great America Patroitism

    August 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. southphillyballz

    Look at some of the interviews this woman did during the 2008 presidential campaign. She made a moron of herself over and over and over again. If she runs, videos of those interviews will start making the rounds and she won't stand a chance. I'm not worried about her. She's nothing but a shill for the GOP and YouTube will be her downfall.

    August 18, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    A government for the CEO's, of the CEO's, and by the CEO's... ?

    August 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. TJG

    Go Carly Go!

    August 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Diane

    For heaven's sake, Fiorina is the biggest joke next to Palin. This twit won't have a chance.

    August 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. cedgar

    I find all these post funny. I do not live in Calif., so I have no skin in the
    game. How does Boxer have 5.5 mill? What deals and/or favors
    did she have to commit too? I think we as a nation need to REALLY
    reform our campaign laws! Then maybe it would stop being who
    has money and maybe it could be about who is quantified.
    I personally tired of all the retreads. We need new idea's and new
    vision. (term limits)

    August 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. bern

    Carly Fiorina in the Senate....yeah right...exactly what we need...another out of touch GOP idiot.

    August 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Spence

    That's be great. She could do for the country what she did to HP.

    August 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Keith

    Failed CEO, failed political adviser…. add failed republican candidate for Barbara Boxers seat!

    August 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. donttreadonme

    At least she has some executive experience unlike the Community Organizer that is roaming the halls of the White House.

    August 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Wake Up

    Get ready for the mud to fly at Carly. The media hate any women or minorities that are republicans. She would be a refreshing spirit in Washington. Get the incumbent bumbs out!!
    Mrs. Fiorina is an intelligent, self-made person. Take note!

    August 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. MCD, SF, CA

    Why is everybody bashing Boxer... she is one of the hardest working politicians and most honest ploiciticians in DC. She was one of the very few who was opposed to going to war.

    As for Carly, she ruined HP, she lost her job because of ethics, she left the democratic party in a huff because Obama beat Hillary. Can you imagine?!? Backing Hillary and then actually going republican because Hillary didn't win?!? She is Fluff big time!

    August 18, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. demwit

    Will Barbara insist on being addressed as "Senator" in their debates too??

    August 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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