CNN is reporting that Carly Fiorina has officially entered the race for Senate in California. She first will face Chuck DeVore in the Republican primary and, if successful, then the incumbent Barbara Boxer in the 2010 election. Her announcement starts with some bland, typical political rhetoric.
The decisions made in Washington impact every family and every business, of any size, in America. Throughout my career, I’ve brought people together and solved problems, and that is what I plan to do in government: Set aside ego and partisanship and work to develop solutions to our problems,
But she also seems to be in tune with the idea that fiscal conservatism is a necessity in the current economic and political climate.
I will not settle for a jobless recovery, and we must start the important work of getting our financial house back in order. Washington must show discipline to cut spending and create policies that encourage and empower businesses and put people back to work.
I will confess I don’t know much about Fiorina’s politics. Her tenure at CEO of Hewlett-Packard was not well received but I don’t know how that translates to the responsibilities of being a U.S. Senator. The CNN article describes her as “moderate Republican with little history on social issues.” The fact that she has a strong background in business in encouraging at least. Of course, that background does give ample ammunition to the Democrats to use against her.
“The hallmark of Carly Fiorina’s résumé is her tenure at Hewlett-Packard, where she laid off 28,000 Americans while shipping jobs overseas, just before taking a $21 million golden parachute,” National Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Eric Schultz said.
Whether that assessment is fair or accurate, expect to see and hear it repeated loud and often by her opponents. Fiorina doesn’t seem like the type of person to back down to a challenge.
“After chemothereapy, Barbara Boxer just really isn’t that scary any more, especially when you know what to expect,” said Fiorina, who battled breast cancer last spring. “She has always taken the low road to high office.”
Personally, I’d support just about anyone over Barbara Boxer. But being “not Barbara Boxer” isn’t enough to qualify her for the job. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming year.