Carly Fiorina

Meggie Dearest

By Robert Cruickshank

This isn't Meg Whitman's week. Fresh off a poor debate performance, her campaign was rocked by the story of Nicky Diaz Santillan, Whitman's longtime housekeeper who held a riveting press conference yesterday to explain her mistreatment at the hands of Whitman. The most explosive allegation is that Whitman knew about Santillan's immigration status but did nothing about it, even after reportedly being notified by the Social Security Administration that Santillan's SSN did not match the records.

As others have noted, if true this makes Whitman a massive hypocrite - just last night she called for tougher enforcement of immigration laws. And Carly Fiorina, in the video clip at right, has said on two recent occasions that anyone who knowingly employs an undocumented worker should be jailed.

Fiorina Routed by Boxer In CA-Senate Debate

By Robert Cruickshank

There was always a massive contradiction - or one might say, a dishonest hypocrisy of stunning proportions - at the heart of Carly Fiorina's US Senate campaign. She touts herself as someone who can create jobs, but her record as the failed and fired CEO of Hewlett-Packard shows her to be one of the worst offenders when it comes to corporate destruction of American jobs.

Fiorina destroyed tens of thousands of jobs while CEO of HP between 1999 and 2005, many of which were shipped overseas. When she was excoriated for this, particularly by the Silicon Valley press during the severe dot-com bust of the early '00s, Fiorina responded by calling outsourcing "right-sourcing" and saying "there is no job that is America's god-given right anymore." Her record is that of someone who got rich by destroying jobs - yet she now declares herself an advocate of job creation, even while opposing the federal stimulus, federal aid to states to hire teachers, and other programs that have been proven to create jobs.

Rove's 'Crossroads' Says California Senator Is In Its Texas Crosshairs

By Dan Aiello
California Progress Report

Just one day before a new survey release showed California's incumbent Democratic Senator, Barbara Boxer, holding a narrow, one point lead over her conservative opponent,  Carly Fiorina, a new Texas-based and funded group announced its plan to assist the Texas native and former Hewlett Packard CEO in her bid to unseat Boxer and restore Republican control of the US Senate.

The Karl Rove-linked conservative group, Crossroads GPS, an affiliate of Rove's American Crossroads, announced it will hit Los Angeles airwaves Wednesday with a $1 million dollar ad campaign attacking Boxer's support of Medicare cuts that were a part of President Obama's health-care overhaul, according to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday

Two Very Different Approaches to Job Creation

By Robert Cruickshank

Carla Marinucci takes a look at how the four major statewide candidates would create jobs and, although she provides a good discussion of the details, her article seems to miss the bigger picture.

Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina's approach to job creation is quite different from that of Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer. These differences have a number of aspects, but can be boiled down to this:

Brown/Boxer believe that the government has a clear role to play in creating jobs by providing by investing in both working people and in creating the 21st century infrastructure they need to prosper - whereas Whitman/Fiorina believe mass unemployment and further concentration of wealth in the hands of the small elite that already dominate the economy will provide "growth," even at the expense of our basic social and physical infrastructure.

In Big Shift, Californians Oppose Offshore Oil Drilling

By Public Policy Institute of California

Three months after a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Californians’ support for more drilling off their coast has plunged, according to a survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). A solid majority of the state’s residents now oppose more offshore drilling (59% oppose, 36% favor)—a 16-point increase in opposition from last year (43% oppose, 51% favor). The PPIC survey was conducted with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and is the 10th in a series about Californians and the environment.

In contrast to the shift in opinion on drilling, Californians’ views on another contentious environmental policy issue have held steady since last year. Two-thirds (67% today, 66% in 2009) favor the state law (AB 32) that requires California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Five Things To Know About Carly Fiorina

By Brad Woodhouse
Democratic National Committee

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has argued her corporate background shows she has the experience to make important decisions for California -- even though she was fired when she failed to deliver as CEO for Hewlett-Packard. Given the state's tattered economy and 12.5-percent unemployment rate, Californians simply can't afford a far-right candidate with a record of sending jobs overseas.

We've put together five facts to demonstrate that point -- and it's important that every Californian sees them before making their decision this November.

Fiorina: Deficits Only Matter When You're Targeting Working People, Higher Unemployment is Good

By Robert Cruickshank

The new Republican talking point of the day appears to be that tax cuts for the rich are exempt from the deficit. Perhaps it's the chart at the right that has them all aroused. Knowing that Bush's tax cuts are to expire at the end of this year, and knowing that their own deficit scare rhetoric has put those tax cuts on the chopping block, they're pulling out all the stops to save those tax cuts for the rich from expiration. Arizona Senator Jon Kyl is leading the charge, saying the cuts should be extended even if it hurts the deficit.

Now Carly Fiorina is joining the cause. In an interview with KCBS's Doug Sovern and CBS 5's Simon Perez today, she said that "you don't need to pay for tax cuts."

All The Things The Polls Don’t Tell

By Peter Schrag

Forget  the headlines and all the heavy breathing generated by last week’s Field Poll results of the races for governor and U.S. Senator – Carly Fiorina closing with Barbara Boxer; Meg Whitman’s millions bringing her dead even with Jerry Brown.

What’s most notable in the numbers, despite the differences between Republicans Fiorina and Whitman (on the one hand) and Democrats Boxer and Brown (on the other) is that they seem to have less to do with voter perceptions of the four candidates than with the voters’ party affiliation, political ideology, degree of social disaffection, ethnicity and location.

With one major exception – strong voter support for Proposition 25 lowering the margin required to pass the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority – the same seems to be true about the initiatives on the November ballot.

Take Heart! The End is Near!

By Peter Schrag

So who ran the sleaziest campaign? Now that this election is all but over, the best catharsis other than a long shower may be in reflection. I fantasize about a poll for who should be chosen as having spewed the largest, slimiest mass of political sludge into the soil of what used to be called our democratic process.

The contest should not be just among candidates for office or among the sponsors of ballot initiatives – Meg Whitman? Steve Poizner? PG&E? Mercury Insurance? – but among the political consultants and campaign managers who, it seems, tend increasingly to invest both the bodies and the brains of the people they manage.

California’s Women’s Political Mud Wrestling Squad

By Peter Schrag

The California Republican Party is still dominated by white males, both in its leadership and in its rank and file. But when it comes to political eye-gouging and no-holds-barred knees-to-the-groin campaign combat, there’s little glass ceiling left. Whatever shards Sarah Palin had missed, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina took care of them last week.

Both are also showing that they can be manipulated, suckered and exploited by political consultants as shamefully as the guys. Since both are also multi-millionaires as well as arrogant and eminently pluckable, is it any wonder that voters have nothing but contempt for the people who want to be their leaders?