October 21st, 2009
02:08 PM ET
10 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. victim of republican greed

    What happened to Ensign? Wasn't he supposed to be in charge of NRSC? Oh wait, now I remember, he spent the RNSC money to help his mistresses husband get a lobbying gig.

    October 21, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Just Saying...

    WILL NEVER TRUST REPUBLICANS...Anyone who believes business is more important than humanity should not be in power! Go Boxer!

    October 21, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    Back door deals in the primary is good for the continued culture of corruption of the republican party.

    October 21, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. OldUncleTom

    So, Ensign last time, and Cornyn this go-round.

    Dem seats should grow, so long as only crooked idiots are running the GOP.

    October 21, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. bella

    Give it up, Carly. You don't have a chance.

    October 21, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. I'm a wing nut afraid of Nancy Pelosi

    I can't imagine what Cornyn is thinking. Women is politics is not good for the republican party. We need to make sure only white men get elected. What would Fox say?

    October 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Follow the $$$$...HER $$$$...I'm sure it's like a shiny green road to the NRSC. Independently wealthy, I'm sure they assume she can buy herself the seat rather than fighting to raise money in a vastly Dem state. Problem is, she's a scumbag, as is clearly evidenced by her shenanigans at HP, spying on her board, etc. is that really the kind of representative the GOP wants? OF COURSE IT IS.

    October 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Chuck DeVore go independent!!! cute faces never wins elections!! evidence sarah!

    October 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    John Cornyn unfairly meddling? That is the mo of the party of "No!" After all, who can trust Californians to make the choice?

    October 21, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Since she outsourced all the jobs and ran HP into the ground, guess she wants to try to destroy bigger things this time (for her own $$$ gain).

    JUST SAY NO

    October 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Chris - Seattle

    Anyone that trust or respects this woman is an idiot!

    October 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Peter s

    Chuck DeVore prepare yourself to go independent infact your association with National Republican Senatorial Committee will hamper your campaign. Don't worry about Fiorina tyhe only thing she has is a cute face and faces never win elections. Remember the cute face palin who was supposed to deliver the white house to the GOP? what happened? your answer is as good as mine!!

    October 21, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Barbara Boxer is the least intelligent Senator I've ever seen. California needs to begin to show some self respect and change out all of its representatives to the federal government. Boxer, Waxman, Pelosi, Fienstein....what a joke.

    October 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. ran

    Ca. remember this is the person who when she was a CEO secretly wiretapped her companies board room.

    Do you really want that kind of person as your US Senator.

    October 21, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. A.B.

    If Carly Fiorina is the best that the California Republican Party can do, then it belies that fact that they are in deep trouble. They cannot find anyone else who is a viable candidate to run against Barbara Boxer. Carly Fiorina is a joke. This woman cannot even successfully run a major company let alone a state government. Remember, Fiorina got fired for plunging Hewlet-Packard into millions of dollars of debt. She left the company in disarray. Furthermore, Fiorina mismanaged John McCain's campaign and was fired. She has no political experience. Barbara Boxer should have no trouble beating this woman into obscurity where she belongs.

    October 21, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. cspurgeon

    This is the lady that was such a roaring success at HP that she got fired and so good during the Mcain campaign that she got silenced. Giove us a break. Barbra Boxer can run circles around her.

    October 21, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. victim of republican greed

    Carly, it was supposed to be a secret, and you blabbed.

    October 21, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Simmy

    "Chuck DeVore can not beat Barbara Boxer," Fiorina said Tuesday.........

    Guess what? Ms Fiorina.....Neither can you.....Sen. Boxer will BOX you out of Californy (politically, of course), sister girl......You are not ready for prime time......Not ever......What's up with you? (Signed: Michael Steele's earth-based sista).....Peace

    October 21, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Nancy in Illinois

    Good choice, Repubs! This is the lady who tanked Hewlett Packard. What does she care, she walked away with millions! I hope the DNC is working on the commercial already. She's pathetic.

    October 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. R in Maine

    It does not mean that Carly has an advantage other than sucking up to the powers of the party. Now NRSC is claiming Carly is a liar because she has revealed their deceitful work.

    October 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Joshua College Station Texas

    This woman is a disaster. How did she ever become the CEO of HP? She undid years of progress there, eventually getting herself fired. She also turned the company against its own employees. HP used to have one of the best company-employee relationships, and employees there gave the company high marks as being one of the best companies to work for. That's long gone. She came in and it was all about profits at any cost. She has a take-no-prisoners, 'ends justify the means' kind of mentality. Who wants that?

    October 21, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Pat Dunedin Fl

    What a canidate, we know she ran a company just about in the
    ground, plus she has trouble with the truth. She should do
    Botox Commercials!

    October 21, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. gt

    boxer ,,,old ideas,,,old mean scarey women,, ,, the us senate looks like a retirement home,,, now blood both parties...

    October 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Jesus Francisco

    Fiorini can't beat Boxer either!

    October 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. California Resident and Voter

    Well with the support that the Republicans here, especially in the bay area, have I wouldn't expect her to get too far. But what could we expect if she did unseat Sen Boxer; wire taps, unbridled corporate support, greed, graft, and corruption? Californians as well as the rest of Americans need to be wary, Ms Fiorina has demonstrated that she has no moral limitation of getting what she wants. Hmmmm, rather typical Republican traits I think.

    October 21, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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