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. d1120

    It really doesn't seem that California could do worse.....

    August 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Strange how many of you Boxer supporters use the phrase "into the ground" when referring to HP. You wouldn't be paid, Obamatron Astroturfers, working off of a script, would you?

    August 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. joe smith

    maybe, just maybe, she could locate the missing Freddie Mac report; the one that was due Mr. Geithner, and the President at the end of May, this year, but has been lost in the health care smoke screen.. too bad Novack passed, he could definetly have made some people squirm to produce it..

    August 18, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Mississippi Mike

    Boxer is a joke. Fiorina worked her way up the ladder in one of the world's largest technology companies, she is far more capable than most of the jerks trying to dictate how we should live our lives.

    August 18, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Bill in California

    AFTER SEEING HOW THE DIMRAT MAJORITY in California have absolutely ruined this state and are now doing so in Washington D.C., I would vote for her even if she was the janitor at HP!

    August 18, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. ugly goes to the bone

    and she is responsible for her own ugly look.

    she is too old to blame her parents.

    honestly, would you like to have her as a friend????????

    August 18, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. A Democrat

    Bye Bye Boxer...Hello Carly...where do I send money to you? Perhaps it is time for a change and looking at government as a business to handle my hard paying tax money. Go Carly....

    August 18, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    I support anyone challenging an incumbent. Washington needs new blood from top to bottom. It is up to us voters to impose term limits.

    August 18, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. James

    I wish there was a better Republican candidate. Fiorina is a failed CEO. She screwed Compaq. Then she made a mess with the rest of HP. How about the screw up in McCain's campaign. She has a long trait of screwing up big. Are we giving her something bigger to screw up? Isn't California screwed enough already, and you guys are touting this screwball Fiorina?

    I am a Democrat, very disappointed with Boxer and Feinsten and now have to contend with Fiorina? I don't see why right wing maniacs think Fiorina is a good choice. Do you people have your head stuck in the mud? Please put up someone decent candidate so I can vote. But between Fiorina and Boxer, it's like trying to decide who is the bigger loser here.

    I seriously doubt Fiorina will stand a chance in a Democrat state.

    August 18, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. the bigger the thief, the more qualified

    that's the american way!

    August 18, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    Seriously Republicans???? THIS is who you want to represent you???? Talk about the party that never learns from it's mistakes! I realize that you all hate Boxer, but I've GOT to believe there's somebody better than the first woman CEO to almost ruin a Fortune 500 company and is seriously lacking in ethics to boot!

    August 18, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Rick G

    What else would you expect out of Fiorina after running HP into the dirt!

    Gotta love it- a Failed CEO running for Congress.

    How's about all those AMERICAN jobs you shoveled off to India ?

    Out of touch– nawww

    August 18, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Bob in Pa

    Lets compare Apples here folks, I believe it would be better to have run HP into the ground than the United States. Ms Fiorina looks like the lesser of two evils if you ask me..

    August 18, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Meki Mull

    I would hire her, Boxer is useless.

    August 18, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Joanna in PA

    The GOP sure does love themselves some incompetent people. This lady was fired a bunch of time. so it only seems right that she would be supported by the GOP.

    August 18, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Typical Republican

    This isn't fair.

    Why are all the failures in MY party? When do we repick teams? I don't like the fact that everyone of my team mates is either a:
    A) Failure
    B) Quitter
    C) Nut case
    D) Adulter or
    E) All of the above

    Please god, make a smart republican. It's just not fair!

    August 18, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    It doesn't matter if you are a man or woman, or you belong to GOP or DEM. But it matters if you forget a senator is a public servant in Congress.

    August 18, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. DianeR PC FL

    One other thing Fiorina did as HP CEO was place wiretaps on the phones of her board members so she could find out who was leaking negative information to the press. That was the final straw that got her canned and almost got her arrested. She's definitely in the right party because the RepubliKlans are really good at violating people's privacy while screaming about constitutional rights – except for that one of course because it is not "strictly stated/constructed in the constitution as a direct right to privacy".

    August 18, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Chris - Seattle

    Guns, religion & spying on folk you think are against you! America is looking dumber by the minute! For the life of me I can't understand why someone on Medicaid or Medicare would actually down a program to help all Americans in need, not just the elderly or poverty stricken! There are a lot of people that are on plans with $2000 deductibles that they spend out of pocket to later find their insurance company is covering their procedure at 80% if at all! I'm sure it's been said before, but anyone backing Fiorina after what she did at HP and puts down the healthcare public option is an idiot, either that or they've got their heads up private insurance companies butt or they just like a pretty face, which Fiorina ain't got!

    August 18, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. GIBBS

    hope she wins....boxer is an as..........................hol.

    August 18, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    California welcomes you, Carly! By the way, she did an excellent job at HP, realized by the performance of her decisions only after she left.

    August 18, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Ed

    When will you people learn? A woman's place is not the Senate or the CEO's office. It is at home supporting her man. A woman does not belong in the Senate, we don't tolerate where I come from. There a woman knows her place. Until then the US is not a just country it is just a country.

    August 18, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. AmericanFlag

    She ruined HP. Might as well ruin California, or what's left of it.

    August 18, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. David in SanDiego

    Thank God she apparently isn't running for Governor–where she would have a slight chance of winning. Boxcer will K.O. her before the polls even open on Election Day.

    August 18, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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