Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has signed on the dotted line and filed papers at Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters office.
Fiorina, 55 has been traveling across California and has gained significant endorsement within the high tech corridor. In a press release she states;
"For 18 long years, California has been represented by a bitterly partisan and ineffective senator in Barbara Boxer. She has completely failed to represent the people who sent her to Washington in the first place," said Fiorina. "I don't come from Washington; I come from the real world. From that real-world experience I know firsthand how to create jobs, and I have been on the receiving end of job-killing government regulation. When I go to Washington, my first priority will be to encourage job creation by lowering the tax and regulatory burden for our nation's job creators: small businesses. We must also cut off Washington's spending spree by refusing to send them more of our hard-earned money. Today I am asking the people of California to vote for me as their next U.S. Senator. Changing Washington starts with changing the people we send there."
Senator Boxer will face a tough opponent in Fiorina, who has survived tough and much publicized boardroom battles and thus not likely to rattle easily. Hewlett Packard endured a very public PR nightmare throughout 2005 - '06 starting with the son of co-founder HP, William Hewlett and the board including George Keyworth who leaked documents to the press during the Compaq - HP merger. The scandals continued out of HP after her departure. Prior to Fiorina's departure, she launched an intense investigation into who was leaking information to the press. Interim Chairman Patty Dunn pressed onward with the investigation, which used questionable spying techniques that identified Keyworth as the source of the leaks to the media. Fiorina is also a cancer survivor that surely made her think long and hard before putting her name into the political drama that will unfold in Silicon Valley.
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