California may just be ready for a shake-up. With a failing economy, a massive immigration problem, and brain-damaged Senator Barbara Boxer representing them in to the ground, fresh blood could be the answer for California’s woes.
Enter Carly Fiorina. A former Executive with AT&T/Lucent, she took that company to new heights being named the most powerful women in business by Fortune magazine in 1998. She continued this trend when she became the new CEO of Hewlett-Packard in 1999. Fortune kept her on their most powerful list during her entire stay with HP. Forbes listed her at #10 in their 2004 listing of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
From her humble beginnings as a receptionist at a small California company to her meteoric rise to the top of the food chain in Corporate America Carly Fiorina appears to be a focused, and dedicated businesswoman. Now with her bid to oust Barbara Boxer from the Senate it looks like She is ready to add another achievement to her already stellar list.
Fiorina for all her accolades is not without her detractors. She received harsh criticism for her actions as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. During her time the companies stock took a sharp drop in price due in part to the highly contested merger with Compaq computers. Market share fell and the company was heckled for lacking focus by having too large a product line to effectively support.
I, for one, completely agree with her decision, these two companies having successfully merged and offering a very diverse line of products are now the worlds largest PC manufacturer, edging out both Acer and Dell for the top spot. So, while her critics may have lambasted her for her lack of vision and focus, they failed to see the big picture, and now they look kind of foolish.
I’m sure a lot of her career will be slammed by the liberal bloggers and political websites in the coming months, they will cite the same information I did, but of course leaving it without any real analysis to try and make Carly Fiorina look like a failure, when in fact she was anything but.
She isn’t the only one trying to shake things up in California. Republicans Tom Campbell and Chuck Devore are also vying for the Senate seat in the November mid-term elections. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, none of these three candidate have been able to edge out Boxers lead so far. Fiorina has a strong showing behind Boxer by only 4 percentage points for a spread of 46 to 42 %. Chuck Devore appears to be favorable with 42% of the voters also but Boxer leads him with 47%. Tom Campbell is showing similar results trailing Boxers 45% with 41% favorability.
Now given the amount of time until the election these results could change drastically as we saw earlier in the Massachusetts Senate race in which Scott Brown went from being 30 points behind to less than 10 points in a month, and than in the coming weeks edging out his opponent Martha Coakley, to take the seat that was held by Democrat Ted Kennedy for well over 3 decades.
While Carly Fiorina may seem like a long shot considering her lack of political experience, we need to look no further than the California Gubernatorial seat to find that political experience isn’t a big issue for the citizens of California. Actors and other celebrities run for office and win all the time. Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood spent one term as the mayor of Carmel, California. Fred Grandy, Ben Jones, Sonny Bono. Pat Paulson and Stephen Colbert both tried and failed at presidential bids more or less as a joke, but the real joke was on the people of Minnesota who elected not so funny, funny man Al Franken to the US Senate.
The one thing that Washington does need are outsiders who aren’t entranced by the lure of power and money that seems to overtake all career politicians. Carly Fiorina has experienced power and money, yet still seems willing to enter in to politics for the people and not herself. She has already stated in interviews that she has no intention of spending the rest of her life in the political arena.
Let’s wish her luck. California can use all the help it can get. If you are interested in learning more about Carly Fiorina or her campaign, check out her campaign website at http://carlyforcalifornia.com/