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. Ron

    How do these dim bulbs get to be millionaires. Good on her back maybe??

    August 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. awaker

    That will be easy for Barbars all she'll to do is talk about all the jobs that were sent to India.

    August 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Moe, NY

    Thanks, but no thanks Fiona. Our country was ran into the ground by the republicans/conservatives, and President Obama is just starting to make headway on restoring our country. If you ran HP into the ground, what, I ask you would you do to our country?

    August 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Audrey

    This coming from the woman that shipped all Hewlett-Packard jobs to India and now she is going to tell California how to run their economy. Rich, really rich.

    August 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Bubba

    No one in the I.T. industry will vote for Carly; she's poison. She nearly ruined Hewlett-Packard, then helped Grampaw McCain pick Sarah "Coulda" Palin as his running mate. I guess she wants to merge with Schwarzenegger next?

    August 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. al

    Another woman running California. Any questions why the state is a loser

    August 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. rand

    WOW. Another zillionaire in the Senate. Just what we DONT need.

    Campaign reform has to happen so honest, hardworking folks can run for public offices. It would keep them honest too if they didn't have to be constantly fund raising.

    Didn't this woman run Hewlett-Packard into the ground???

    August 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Fiorina is a FAILED CEO.

    August 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. A.B.

    Carny Fiorina could not even run Hewlit Packard successfully let alone represent the people of California as a U..S. Senator successfully. Fiorina got fired from HP after her disasterous perfomance as a CEO which cost the company millions of dollars in profit losses. Her marketing strategy failed miserably. The company's products–computers are subpar and are not worth buying. The HP computers at my workplace breakdown frequently and they are barely six months old!! Senator Barbara Boxer should have no problem beating Fiorina to a pulp in the 2010 election.

    August 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Greg Davis

    I live in California and even though I don't like Barbara Boxer,I will vote for her now. She is better then that crook who sent jobs to India.

    August 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. John

    Another partially true article - Fiorina said that no one on EITHER ticket was qualified to be the CEO of a major corporation. Since none of the candidates had significant business experience, I would have to agree with that statement.

    August 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. jim

    Took a decent company and turned it into crap, got her ass canned for it and now wants to run for a Senate seat? Sounds reasonable to me. She will fit in fine !!!

    August 18, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. JQP

    Hmm...ANOTHER rich person in Congress, someone "in touch" with the middle and lower class, this is exactly what we "need"

    This country is going to hell in a hand basket if Congress is always filled with the wealthiest.

    August 18, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Jack - Denton, Texas

    She was relieved of her duties at H-P and left with the stigma of failure and yet she judges others for failure. As a failed CEO, what does she have to contribute in Washington? That is what is wrong with Washington now as it is full of wannabes!

    August 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. aware

    Fiorina will beat Boxer big time! :)

    Its time for Boxer to go!

    August 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. swamper

    California needs some reps and senators with some sense, instead of what they have been sending to washington.

    August 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Greg

    She was in charge when HP started send jobs to China. All HP computers except servers are made in China. She made the comment "why do Americans think they have a right to these jobs." Shows you where her attitude and loyalties lie.

    August 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. San Diegian

    Finally, we can get Boxer out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Failed by Who's Standard

    Boy, a lot of jaded HP-ers around... Look, yes the HP-Compaq thing was kind of underhanded, but she got no help from the old guards. Without Compaq, I doubt HP would be in a competitive position now. I got nuked as well, it takes a vision and change to make a company successful. Being stuck in the mud just end up being passed by competitors. I wish Carly Success, she is a gutsy lady!

    August 18, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. John

    Meanwhile, Barbara Boxer continues to be an equal opportunity insulter and patronizer.

    August 18, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Dan, WA

    Carly, Good luck. It is time to say Good bye to Barbara Boxer. You have our full support. We need to teach these democrats lesson. They take eveyrhting for granted. Imagine she worked hard to become senator but she has done nothing in the senate. She is a rogue.

    August 18, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. A.B.

    Carly Fiorina could not even run Hewlit Packard successfully let alone represent the people of California as a U..S. Senator successfully. Fiorina got fired from HP after her disasterous perfomance as a CEO which cost the company millions of dollars in profit losses. Her marketing strategy failed miserably. The company's products–computers are subpar and are not worth buying. The HP computers at my workplace breakdown frequently and they are barely six months old!! Senator Barbara Boxer should have no problem beating Fiorina to a pulp in the 2010 election

    August 18, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. According2mark

    This is going to be a great race if Fiorina does in fact jump into the fray. This will be Boxer's biggest election challenge to date. If nothing else it will be fun to see Sen Boxer sweat a little bit!

    August 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. John

    Where do i send Carly my money?

    August 18, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. John Monaghan

    Carly tried to destroy the remains of AT&T a few years back then tried to destroy HP, now it's the United States?

    August 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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