Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO, announced her candidacy Wednesday for the US Senate seat held by California Democrat Barbara Boxer.
Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s entry Wednesday into the Republican primaries for the US Senate seat from California could potentially shake up next year’s race. Ms. Fiorina used an op-ed in The Orange County Register to formally announce that she is running to be the Republican candidate against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, who has held the seat since 1992.
How well Fiorina does will depend on a host of factors, say political analysts, from how the economy is doing by election day to whether she survives her formidable opponent in the Republican primary, state Assemblyman Chuck Devore.
Fiorina, who was economic adviser to Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona during his presidential campaign last year, on Wednesday criticized Senator Boxer for doing nothing to stem California’s job losses.
“Boxer may be in for the political fight of her life,” says Jessica Levinson, political analyst for the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS). “If last night’s election results are any indication, the pendulum may be swinging back in favor of Republicans.”
Fiorina is a relative newcomer to politics with deep pockets, which could work in her favor or against it, Ms. Levinson and others say.