CA Senate 2010: Carly Fiorina Is In; DeMint Endores DeVore
by Charles Lemos, Wed Nov 04, 2009 at 12:50:45 PM EST
Oh this is too good to be true. A failed CEO wants to run for the United States Senate even as she admits that she has "not always been engaged in the electoral process." Translation: I don't vote. Way to go there Carly.
At any rate, Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of the Palo Alto-based computer giant Hewlett-Packard, joined the race for the seat currently held by Senator Barbara Boxer with an announcement in an opinion piece in the Orange County Register. She writes incredibly:
Admittedly, I have not always been engaged in the electoral process, and I should have been. For many years I felt disconnected from the decisions made in Washington and, to be honest, really didn't think my vote mattered because I didn't have a direct line of sight from my vote to a result.
Be honest there Carly perhaps you were just lazy or too tired after running a venerable company into the ground. It's unadulterated manure for you, a college-educated, corporate-trained master of the universe type, to suggest that you didn't think your vote didn't matter. You might note that David Packard, one of the founders of H-P, served in government during the Nixon Administration. Oh, but there's more:
Throughout my career I've brought people together, and I've solved problems. And that is what is needed in our government today. People who are willing to set aside ego and partisanship and instead work to develop solutions to our problems.
Oh Carly, you're such a gift from god. An ego is all you have, well that and undeserved millions at shareholder expense. Solved problems? I'm a Hewlett-Packard shareholder. I haven't forgotten what a mess you made. The stock was $52 dollars a share when you took over. When you were fired in 2005, it was $21 a share. You were given a $21 million severance package and named one of the Twenty Worst CEOs of all-time. Now, that's a distinction you truly earned. I'm also a former stock analyst. Let me rate you a "Sell and Dump."
In her announcement, Fiorina recites the usual litany of GOP complaints - the government taxes, spends and regulates too much. We have heard this since time began. Try something new.
She thinks that she is onto something when she suggests that we "put every government budget and every government bill on the Internet for every citizen to see." Carly, let me buy you a clue at the US House of Representatives or the Library of Congress' Thomas Service or perhaps the one for the body you aspire to join United States Senate. Seriously, you can't be this dumb or incurious, can you?
Until now, Senator Boxer's only announced opposition was another gift from god, California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore. A military officer and businessman from Irvine in Orange County, he has been aggressively campaigning for months, positioning himself as the only true nutcase, excuse me, conservative in the race. And is in the NY-23 and down in Florida, the GOP appears headed for a nasty fight. It is failed failed money against a wingnut who once longingly wrote a book about a world war erupting in the Taiwan Straits. Today, uber-conseravative Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina endorsed the uber-nut DeVore. From The Hill:
"Chuck DeVore is a proven, tested conservative who is gaining momentum. He's the kind of leader who we can count on to stand up for common-sense conservative principles in the United States Senate," DeMint said on a conference call Tuesday evening. "If grassroots conservatives get behind him, he can win the primary in June and go on to defeat Barbara Boxer in November."
DeMint's political action committee, the Senate Conservatives Fund, has also endorsed fellow arch-conservative Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). DeMint himself has endorsed Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), with whom he shares a media consultant, for an open Senate seat. DeMint also backed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in New York before enough pressure mounted to force the more liberal GOP nominee out of the race.
One of the most conservative members in the upper chamber, DeMint is also one of those least willing to compromise on Republican ideals. He offered a tepid endorsement of McCain in 2008 after his candidate, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R), dropped out of the presidential sweepstakes, and he has said he would rather have 30 pure conservatives in the Senate than a majority of centrists.
Help make Jim DeMint's wish of just 30 pure conservatives in the US Senate come true and help out Barbara Boxer.
It should also be noted that Senator John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told ABC News that the NRSC will not spend money in a contested primary. That may open the door for candidates like Rubio in Florida and DeVore in California. I'd expect the Club for Growth to raise funds on their behalf.