“Former HP executive Carla Fiorina, a Republican, is poised to announce a run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer, a Democrat. What’s your take on this?”
Should be a helluva cat fight.
Rich women with no experience will own the ballot box in June 2010.
It means that Bruce Herschenson, Matt Fong and Bill Jones can welcome her to their club next November.
Al Checchi Redux — except that he hadn’t been fired by Northwest Airlines at the time he ran for governor in 1998.
This is the same Carla Fiorina who was fired by HP and then served as an economic advisor to John “the economy is basically sound” McCain. Before she can bring those formidable credentials against Boxer, however, she first has to get past Chuck DeVore. If he doesn’t get frightened out of the race, I say she can’t make the finals.
Don’t assume that she has clear sailing to the GOP nomination. Chuck DeVore doesn’t have her kind of money but he is smart and tenacious. His positions are highly appealing to the party base. She has to show that she is conservative enough for Republican primary voters and electable enough to mount a serious challenge to Boxer. That will be hard work.
Will be interesting that both Republican candidates (for Governor and Senator) will be wealthy women. For the first time, Boxer may finally have to deal with a viable opponent.
The ad departments for newspapers, TV stations and radio outlets statewide will gladly take her money.
The lessons of Tuesday’s elections are clear: Winners won on fiscally responsible messages, not socially conservative ones. If the GOP gets this, 2010 will be a lot more meaningful. Carly can’t win.
She is a credible candidate who will force the Democrats to spend money defending Boxer, but ultimately Fiorina will lose.
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