February 5th, 2010
05:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Campbell: Fiorina in 'full Mutton Meltdown mode'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/04/art.mutton0204.yt.jpg caption="'Carly Fiorina's campaign is in full Mutton Meltdown mode, with an increasingly bizarre fixation on farm animals,' Campbell spokesman Jamie Fisfis said in a statement Thursday."]

(CNN) - In just 24 hours, the three-way Republican Senate primary in California has descended into a squabble over bloated budgets, "demon sheep" and now ... mutton.

The latest jab comes courtesy of Tom Campbell - the brainy budget wizard and former Republican congressman doing battle with Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore for the GOP nomination. On Thursday, Campbell finally hit back at Fiorina for her campaign's bizarre new Web video accusing Campbell of being a fiscal liberal - an ominous three minute clip depicting gathering storm clouds and evil-looking livestock.

The video instantly became the subject of Internet mockery when it was posted on Wednesday.

Earlier: DeVore campaign slams Fiorina video

"Carly Fiorina's campaign is in full Mutton Meltdown mode, with an increasingly bizarre fixation on farm animals," Campbell spokesman Jamie Fisfis said in a statement Thursday. "She's admitted missing a decade's worth of opportunities to vote for budget reform, but instead of offering solutions, all she has for voters are dogs, cats and demon-sheep."

Fisfis said that "contrary to Carly Fiorina's insulting portrayal of fiscal conservatives as sheep, these are in fact involved people who engage the issues and ask tough questions. And unlike Carly Fiorina, they have fought alongside Tom Campbell on the front lines of spending reform and supported these reforms with their votes."

UPDATE: The Fiorina campaign argues that the "demon sheep" buzz is only drawing more attention to their message - that Campbell can't be trusted when it comes to taxes and spending.

"Our campaign is energized by the overwhelming response to this video because the message is getting out that Tom Campbell supports higher taxes and bigger government and that was our goal," Fiorina spokeswoman Julie Soderlund said in an e-mail to CNN. "We thank the Campbell campaign for their strange and delayed response to this, which has only lead to more views of the video."

Fiorina's team knocked Campbell for supporting a temporary gas tax hike to close California's massive budget deficit.

"We look forward to a continued, substantive debate about the issues and hope that Tom Campbell is willing to be more forthright than he has been with voters about the fact that he thinks more spending and more taxes are the answer," Soderlund said.

Filed under: 2010 • California • Carly Fiorina • Chuck DeVore • Tom Campbell
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Pragmatic

    Candidates should be outstanding in their field ... not feeling sheepish and trying to pull the wool over voter's eyes. As a California voter, where can ewe turn without nasty commercials being rammed down your throat?

    February 5, 2010 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  2. Californication

    Californa is weird, left is right, right is left, up is down...... they have certainly managed to lead themselves down a path of destruction, a path filled high taxes, big government, socialized handouts and mass confusion. They have become the example of what not to do. So wake up America. If the Obama administration has their way, if Pelosi is not stopped, if the gamble it all Ried is not halted, all of us will be living in Californication.

    February 5, 2010 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  3. Will Work for Health Care

    Mutton... it's what's for dinner

    February 5, 2010 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  4. Oodoodanoo

    Carly Fiorina is best known for nearly ruining Hewlett Packard during her reign as CEO. They had to throw her out. She's next-best known for being a pretty bad "economic adviser" to John McCain during the 2008 election. At one point, she said in an interview that he couldn't run HP as well as she did. Really on the ball, she is!

    The idea that SHE is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility is hilarious. The fact that she doesn't say how she'll do it isn't surprising, though.

    February 5, 2010 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  5. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Carly is more suited for elementary school theater than the senate. I do have to say she is more creative than the elected republicans actors now serving in Washington DC, who are worthless.

    February 5, 2010 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  6. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    This looks like Carly has found a way to represent the entire herd of republicans in the senate and house.

    Did you see that the newest senator(41) has already learned how to play the game? He received $450,000 from Wall Street and big banks in just the final week of his election. Typical republican schmuck, Too bad MA can't have a do-over election. Do you think he will say "No!" to banking reform?

    February 5, 2010 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  7. bawannajack

    Great Ad carly....... right on the mark...

    February 5, 2010 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  8. Charles Lemos

    Yeah, she's trailing in the polls and now instead of being remembered as a corporate hack, she'll go down as the demon sheep candidate.

    Doesn't matter whoever wins this primary will be a sacrificial lamb in the general.

    February 5, 2010 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  9. Scott

    If ever a campaign ad was grounds to say someone is not up for the job, it is this one. Arguably the most ridiculous and creepy ad I have ever seen. What were they thinking?

    February 5, 2010 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. sanity check

    Ahh that rarely talked about, special bond Republicans have with sheep...

    February 5, 2010 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  11. Kathy

    Nothing like GOP crazy!! 🙂

    February 5, 2010 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  12. stormerF

    If Tom was such a budget wizard why is California in such a Bidget crisis? I saw the commerical and sheep follow sheep,maybe it is time for a change? A real CHANGE.

    February 5, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  13. Don J

    And the Repubs think they are back from the abyss, then they attack each other in a scramble for less jobs than there are worthless Repugs, guess again, this party is in it's dieing gasps and will continue to do so even with a small jump back from the edge this off year election will give them, then things will be back to normal and the Repugs will finish dieing and it will all be better for the USA!

    February 5, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  14. ran

    I see only good from all the Republicans infighting which I hope will lead to either more true Democrats or Independents being elected in 2010/2012. The Republicans are and has been since Nixon the reason this country is in the mess we are in. Fear/hate/obstructionism/purist ideology is not what this country needs.

    We need a viable 3rd party or elect enough TRUE Democrats in order to get things done especially in the Senate.

    February 5, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  15. joel palmer

    Gawd help the state of California if Fiorina is elected

    February 5, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  16. Republican anarchy

    It costs money to run a crowded state like California, fraught with natural hazards like earthquakes and wild fires, hazards which are greatly compounded by the stupid decisions and policies of Californians.

    Yet according to the Tea Party, all government services are either free or unneeded (and should be abolished) so that no one need pay taxes.

    Instead each citizen should arm himself to the teeth and live in a fortress...mentally and literally.

    Republicans call this "fiscal conservativism." Intelligent people call this "anarchy."

    February 5, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. Conservative Voice

    You guys are behaving BAAD.

    February 5, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |