Carly Fiorina gets a new job
July 12th, 2011
04:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Carly Fiorina gets a new job

Washington (CNN) - 2010 California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was named the National Republican Senatorial Committee's new vice chair on Tuesday.

"I look forward to working with Carly to elect strong Republican Senators who will finally put a stop to President Obama's failed tax-and-spend agenda, and instead promote the economic growth and job creation Americans so badly need," Committee Chairman, Texas Sen. John Cornyn said in a statement released Tuesday.

Strong ties with the business sphere will likely make the former Hewlett Packard CEO an asset in courting well-funded NRSC donors. Cornyn touted that "her many business and civic achievements will make her an invaluable leader and fundraiser during this critical election cycle."

The former advisor to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign garnered national attention during last year's deep -pocketed California Senate race, where she put up a tough fight, but ultimately lost to incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Fiorina will share her vice chair title with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is diving into his re-election campaign, which is already looking to be a highly contested race.

"The Senate sets the legislative agenda for the nation. I am proud to work alongside Chairman Cornyn, Vice Chairman Hatch and all Republican Senators to restore a Republican majority in 2012," Fiorina said in a NRSC statement, "Republicans in the Senate will provide job creators the opportunities and environment they need to grow our economy, decentralize power out of Washington, and restore fiscal accountability."

Senate Republicans hope to regain majority in next year's election, which would require them to secure four more Democratic seats if Obama is reelected and three if a Republican wins in 2012.

But it didn't take the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee long to provide its assessment of Fiorina's hire.

"Carly Fiorina laid off thousands and outsourced good American jobs overseas, but that didn't stop national Republicans from investing millions in her campaign last year, which she lost by double digits, or hiring her today," DSCC Press Secretary Shripal Shah said in response to Fiorina's new role, "Apparently, Republicans are not only protecting tax breaks for millionaires, they're also finding them jobs."

soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Great !! She'll be excellent in anything that has to do with VICE.

    July 12, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    How does she keep getting these jobs when she has such a record of failure? I guess hiring her is environmentally sound, sicne its recycling garbage.

    July 12, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    Let me guess? She'll be able to raise millions of dollars from her Rolo-Dex.

    July 12, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Not interesting.

    July 12, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. The Elephant In The Room

    Clearly she knows NOTHING about winning a Senate seat or operating as an effective Senator. She'll be perfect for Republicans who place value on who they schmooze with, who they know rather than the performance and capabilities of the person.

    Carly Fiorina was not good in an executive leadership role in corporate America. What, objectively has she done to deserve this job. I'll bet nothing. Next they'll hire Ms. WWF. Linda MacMahon.

    July 12, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. peace

    be careful who u vote for this lady will send all of the America jobs over seas. dont vote for no gop if you want to keep your job in america

    July 12, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

    The republicans will loose Senate seats and with her help they will loose even more seats. The American people are tired of the GOP lies and those lies just become obvious with the current debt ceiling talks. So Carly, tell me again how defaulting on out debt will help business. Do you hear crickets?

    July 12, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |

    A failed senatorial bid and yet she gets this job? The GOP is totally out of touch and is selling out the middle class and the poor to the richest populace.

    July 12, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Can these prople find anyone who has not been soundly defeated!?!?!?!?!?
    Just what you need the failed HP ceo who "helped" mccain lose in 2008. What a loser!!! Then again . . . . . the rethugs just can't help it. 🙂

    July 12, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Jake

    so a failed senate campaign gets you a job to help elect strong senators? what!?!?

    July 12, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. michaelam

    Perhaps, she will run the GOP into the ground like HP. Or, she could outsource them to China, India, or just simply lay them off-that would work! Please, iCarly, help put the GOP/Teahadists on the Endangered Species list, PLEASE!

    July 12, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. w l jones

    I would not wont to think about what our country be like without tax and spend. .. every state road stop at it border again please!

    July 12, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Republican Robber Baron

    More of the same blah all talk and no substance nonsense from yet another GOP loser that acts as if she won the election.
    Last time I checked, Carly lost the election and got FIRED from her job as CEO. Also the Republicans are the ones that "Tax and Spend"...spend spend spend on Corporate welfare and subsidies, while they pass unfunded laws with no way to pay for it.

    July 12, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. thomas

    Barracuda , poor looser !

    July 12, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Jess C.

    Good, he can have her; she was a complete failure at HP. I had to live it!

    July 12, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Me

    Perhaps Fiorina will send the GOP overseas? One can only hope.

    July 12, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    She's rich, why not. Next it will be Meg Whitman.

    July 12, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Biker Bob

    What part of you lost election, now get out of politics does she not understand. There are no second chances.

    July 12, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. CSM

    Just a matter of time before she gets fired from this job...

    July 12, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. keeth in cali

    "Obama's tax-and-spend" ... because taxing the very people who use services is so much worse than the GOP's borrow-and-spend that shifts the problem to later generations (like paying for two wars during the Bush years, then when Obama puts the wars on the books, everyone on the conservative side cries foul. Why?

    July 12, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, given how well she did previously, I don't think this will do much to help the GOP other than raise money for the senators running.

    July 12, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. AZ DEM

    All the news I needed to know that the Dems are gonna hold their slim majority in the Senate...Fiorina is going to be looking for the most right wing candidates possible. Republicans would do well to remember that because the president is on the ticket there WILL NOT be a repeat of the 2010 midterm elections for either side...gonna be a lot of closely contested races

    July 12, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Carly Fan


    July 12, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. Drogo, who bit the dust

    What a loser. She was kicked out as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She couldn't get elected in her own right, now she is going to help other dumb republithugs get elected. Ha Ha

    July 12, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. works4me

    And yet another GOParrot with no ideas... no substance and obviously no intelligence. I don't know about others, but my taxes haven't gone up a dime. As far a jobs go... just what do prople expect from President Obama? He cannot create jobs anymore than Peter Pan can. To actually create jobs he'd have to spend more money, which so many are crying about already. It's corperate America that needs to create jobs, but unfortunately greed, lies and collusion keep this from happening. They all want to regain the wealth they had before all of this happened... before President Obama!

    July 12, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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