October 21st, 2009
02:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Fiorina boasts of NRSC support in California primary

Fiorina has not yet formally announced her bid.

Fiorina has not yet formally announced her bid.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Carly Fiorina, a likely Republican candidate for Senate in California, made public on Tuesday what her GOP primary opponent Chuck DeVore has long claimed: that the national party is supporting her bid to take out Sen. Barbara Boxer next year.

"The chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee has encouraged me to enter the race, reaffirming my belief that Chuck DeVore can not beat Barbara Boxer," Fiorina said Tuesday, according to SanDiegoNewsRoom.com.

That remark elicited a swift I-told-you-so from DeVore, who for months has accused NRSC chairman John Cornyn of unfairly meddling in the Republican primary on behalf of Fiorina, the millionaire former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who was a frequent surrogate for John McCain during the 2008 presidential race.

"We know that the entire Fiorina campaign is predicated on a recruiting effort by the NRSC," DeVore told CNN. "They may have an official policy of neutrality, but I know why she's running. It's because she was recruited."

But DeVore said he has not made any effort to meet with national Republican officials because he knows who the NRSC is supporting, and doesn't want to provide them with "valuable intelligence that they would simply pass on to Carly Fiorina."

The NRSC would certainly save a few bucks by having Fiorina as the Republican nominee: Whenever she decides to officially enter the race, she's expected to have a serious financial advantage over DeVore, who entered October with just $144,000 in the bank.

A spokesman for the NRSC, however, is playing down the significance of Fiorina's remark.

"Sen. Cornyn and the NRSC routinely meet with potential candidates around the country, oftentimes multiple folks in various states," committee spokesman Brian Walsh said in an e-mail. "We believe Barbara Boxer is uniquely vulnerable and her record is way out of step with mainstream America. If there are qualified candidates who want to challenge her that is a good thing. However, we've made clear that the NRSC has not endorsed any specific candidate and has no plans to do so."

Filed under: California • Carly Fiorina • Chuck DeVore • NRSC
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. I am the not so great and flaccid wizard of Rush

    The beck-rush republics in California won't let Carley be the nominee.

    October 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Bush's "Suck"cess: My Pet Goat, Mission Accomplished & Heckuva Job Brownie

    A failed CEO trying to sell herself as success. Good luck with that Carly. You couldn't even stay on message as a spokesmodel for the Grampy McCain campaign. They had to muzzle you and keep you hidden because you could keep the simple facts straight.

    October 21, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Johnny DC

    Recruited or not, it doesn't matter. If he can't win, he can't win.

    Boxer MUST be defeated. Her voice is a plague on this country. One of many.

    October 21, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Christian Values

    She ran HP straight into the ground, we sure as heck don't need a retard like her representing California. The republican moron governor did enough to our state with out help from more retards like Carly.

    Then again, the only members of the GOP are retards, so let's be sure to simply not elect any more of the domestic terrorists known as Republicans.

    October 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. CaliforniaVtr

    'carlyfornia' cannot and will not beat Boxer. End of story.

    October 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Shirley In California

    I'm no Boxer fan but I would NEVER vote for this woman. In fact, I detest her so much, I wouldn't ever vote for her as dog catcher.

    October 21, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. bcords

    i saw her on talk shows for john mccain last year and then her abrupt disappearance when it was obvious that she didnt have a clue as to what she was talking about. if this is all the national committee has, ms. boxer is in easily!

    October 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Beryl Lindsey

    DeVore, step aside and let the most likely victor run without interference.

    October 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. I Got Mine, Get Yours!

    This is a joke, right? Carly put H-P in the tank, thousands lost jobs and the board "canned" her. The face of the new GOP? Take Boxer and the points!

    October 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Jay T.

    i think the competence and know-how she exhibited during McCain's presidential run last fall (up until she was unjustly pulled for a string of gaffes- as if Palin wasn't doing the same stuff, McCain!) show what type of Senator she'd make. Fiorina...a CEO....a millionaire...a Congresswoman...a "Real" American. Go, girl!

    October 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Baffled Bovine

    I can't believe that Fiorina is a viable candidate. After the way she left Hewlett-Packard I did not think there was a rock suitable enough for her to slink under.

    This says something distrubing about the Republicans back her bid.

    October 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Peter s

    Chuck DeVore go solo! become an independent!!. Infact your association with National Republican Senatorial Committee will only hamper your campaign. The irony with RNC is that, the party of the old men still uses a woman beautiful face as a token to win elections. Unfortunately, did palins face win the white house? you know the answer better than I do!! it takes more than a cute face to win an election!

    October 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Back stabbing Fiorina. I wouldn't trust Fiorina to be a surrogate any further than I could see her, she put a knife in John McCain's back the minute she got a mic in her hand. Fiorina has proven she ain't no team player and will throw anyone under the bus for her own self serving purposes.

    October 21, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Hillary Wanna Be

    She (Fiorina) will never be president, I can tell you that.

    October 21, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Anna, Mo

    Wasn't she fired due to unethical behavior related to her snooping on her employees?

    October 21, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. cnn=right wing media and works for sarah "death pannel" palin

    This is a stupid women who couldn't manage HP. Now she wants to be a governor. What a joke she is

    October 21, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The GOPers are cannibals I tell you! They'll send in one of their own to carve out the other!!! Jeepers!

    October 21, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. An Independent Hillary

    Republican Dirty Tricks – Ross J. Parrot

    Boxer will beat you both!

    October 21, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. The Weatherman

    Babs Boxes has got to go. We need people who understand economics and have actually done something other than run their mouth in public venues.

    The Weatherman

    October 21, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. B

    The GOP still recruiting losers..

    October 21, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Neither Carly nor Chuck will win so what does it matter?

    October 21, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Obama Victim

    well............someone needs to bounce Boxer..........she is a national disgrace........

    October 21, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. juge

    Hewlett- Packard Hewlett-Packard – Look at her results there and think what could happen to California if she is elected. YIKES – y'all are already in enough hot water, how much more do you need to burn yourselves into oblivion. Actually before climate change puts you into the water.

    October 21, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. California Republican

    At the same meeting, Carly also said she supports clamping down on free speech on the Internet to "protect women and children".

    October 21, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Reagan was wrong

    I'm from California. Can anyone give me a good reason to vote for this woman?

    October 21, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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