February 4th, 2010
05:45 PM ET
5 years ago

DeVore campaign slams Fiorina camp's Web video

A new Web video from the campaign of Carly Fiorina is drawing fire from rival Chuck DeVore.
A new Web video from the campaign of Carly Fiorina is drawing fire from rival Chuck DeVore.

(CNN) – California's three-way Republican Senate primary is heating up after the Carly Fiorina's campaign released a controversial Web video targeting rival Tom Campbell.

In the video, Fiorina takes issue with Campbell's views on tax and budgetary issues during his tenure in public service. Campbell has previously served as a U.S. Congressman, a California state Senator, as California's Finance Director and as a member of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Council of Economic Advisors.

Entitled "FCINO," the online video seeks to portray Campbell as a "Fiscal Conservative In Name Only." In an effort to paint Campbell as a proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing when it comes to fiscal conservatism, the more than 3-minute video contains multiple images of real sheep. The Web video ends with images of a man crawling around on all fours in a sheep's costume that has red glowing eyes.

The video has been dubbed "demon sheep" by many political observers who have panned the video. In conjunction with the release of the video, the Fiorina campaign also rolled out www.fcino.com on Wednesday.

The campaign of Fiorina's other rival, Chuck DeVore, is wasting no time slamming the Fiorina camp for its latest online effort.


"We were stunned to be totally frank," Joshua Trevino, the communications director for the DeVore campaign, said of the "FCINO" video. The Fiorina campaign "seems intent on making Hollywood history rather than political history," Trevino also said Thursday.

Trevino also suggested that the "FCINO" video provides a troubling preview of what Fiorina might be like as a senator. But, Trevino quickly added, with Wednesday's release of the controversial video, "she is ensuring that will never happen."

Seeking to capitalize on the negative attention the Fiorina camp is receiving over the new Web video, the DeVore camp has already set up http://demonsheep.org, a spoof Web site for a non-existent group called "The Society for the Eradication of Demon Sheep from our Political Discourse."

Twitter has also been buzzing with chatter about the new Fiorina video since its release Wednesday. The Twitter hashtag "#demonsheep" is currently a trending topic for Washington, D.C.-based tweets, according to the site. And a Twitter account called @demonsheep has been set up and currently has roughly 800 followers.

The @demonsheep Twitter account is not affiliated with the DeVore campaign, according to Trevino.

The Campbell campaign has not responded to CNN's request for comment on the new Fiorina Web video.

Related: Fiorina's new Web site bashed by Democrats, Republicans


Filed under: 2010 • California • Carly Fiorina • Chuck DeVore • Popular Posts • Tom Campbell
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. A keen observer

    Isn't it great to watch the Republicans devour each other!

    I guess when you have no new ideas or don't want to run on your record the next best thing is to smear your opponent.

    It also looks like Fiorina didn't learn anything from her HP fiasco.

    February 4, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Steph

    Make them all take a Purity Test.

    February 4, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Dang! This campaign season is shaping up to be the ugliest ever. Hilarious! The sad thing is that a lot of people actually believe these ads. Have a nice day!

    February 4, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Orange Curtain, CA

    Worst campaigns ads in the history of politics. Now the Republicans are fighting to claim whom is the most extreme wing-nut? Right-wingnuts are NOT popular in California. Just look at our current governor. Fiorina ran HP into the ground and was at the helm when they spied on their own executives. Jerry Brown is a million times better than these baffoons.

    February 4, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Wow – Carly Fiorina is one mentally disturbed person ...

    February 4, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Nick , California

    Ha ha ha.. this is better than waiting for a crash at a nascar event!! The sad part is that the media will never cover the real issues behind the bad commercials.. we as Americans feel we need to be entertained every minute! With news traveling at the speed of light the only thing that will get ratings for the news station is the "shock and awe" factor.. who cares about the real issue.. where's my bucket of popcorn!

    February 4, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. mike

    So, then, 'true conservatives' are admitting that they are nothing more that just sheep???!!!

    LOL!!!

    Finally, a Republican that speaks the truth as their followers are indeed nothing more that diddo-head, sheeple ...

    I LOVE IT!!!

    February 4, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. j

    One can only hope that they'll so badly tarnish each other that a progressive candidate will win the election.

    February 4, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Laughing in CA

    This video is so bad that it's funny. It's political Monty Python without the creative talent. As long as these ads don't elect Carlyfornia, keep them coming!

    February 4, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Brook E. Mantia

    Ah, Republicans... They can dish it out, butthey can't take it.

    No honor among thieves I suppose.

    February 4, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Sian

    Carly should stick to business.. Oh wait! she's no good at that either.

    February 4, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    She's a moron... is there no low a republican won't sink to?

    GUESS NOT

    February 4, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    You forgot the part about god's voice saying "But one way to fall." Was that on purpose CNN?

    If you've seen this video you'd know how stunningly insane it is. She basically seems to be implying that God favors "fiscal conservatism" and will smite those who are not "fiscal conservatives." Ridiculous. Coakley may have gone out with a whimper from running a complacent barely-active campaign, but Fiorina seems hell-bent on going out "nucular" style.

    February 4, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Chris D.

    It's not a slam....it's a pathetic video.

    February 4, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Jim

    I thought the ad was kind of creepy...not sure who thought up the idea for this ad, but they should be fired. The ad made no sense and probably confused voters.

    February 4, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Joshua College Station Texas

    That is one creepy looking photo. Thanks CNN.

    February 4, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Joshua College Station Texas

    Oops. I mean, thank you Carly Fiorina.

    February 4, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. no name calling

    Isn't Fiorina the one who ran HP into the ground?

    February 4, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Lori in St Pete

    What's with the evil goat puppet?

    February 4, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. ATL Guy

    Boy these Republicans surely are the dumbest bunch I've ever seen. They're are beyond stupid at this point. From lying about the underwear bomber to being outraged that their lies were refuted by the fact that he was cooperating; to being upset about deficits to voting against the deficit commission they created, etc. Stupid, stupid people.

    February 4, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The Republicans in California are absolute nutjobs. Carly Fiorina has some of the most bizarre online marketing I have ever seen.

    February 4, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Death Assurance Companies

    It looks more like Rush Limbaugh,the biggest liar since Goebbels.

    February 4, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. gary davis harbor oregon

    and the republicans go at each other like animals . its way too funny , they actually eat there own . purist tea party PTP = GOP :)

    February 4, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Bedtime for Obonzo

    I don't know what Campbell's fiscal bona fides are, not being particularly up on California politics, but I will say that that was the most ridiculous video I've seen since Michael Dukakis stuck his helmeted head out of a tank.

    February 4, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. BeverlyinNC

    I knew the Republicans would make this the nastiest campaign ever as we get close to November, but it's great to see them destroying each other already. It's only Feb and they are already "in the gutter" with their typical tasteless ads.

    I love how President Obama is finally calling out the Republicans for their obstructionism, non-civility, contrary to be contrary, and doing NOTHING for the American People.

    The Republicans are now in a tight box. They can keep voting NO on everything and delaying important legislation and therefore be FOR CORPORATIONS, BANKS, AND INSURANCE COMPANIES WHO ABUSE THE PEOPLE – OR- Republicans can act like human beings, drop the hate speech, the lies, the fear-mongering and help restore our country and vote YES and BE FOR THE PEOPLE.

    I don't think Republicans know how to serve the People and will just continue to obstruct and play games with our lives.

    February 4, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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