View Full Version : Carly Fiorina Courts Conservatives; Will It Put Her in the Senate?

12-02-2009, 06:53 AM
Having just officially announced her campaign for U.S. Senate in California against Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer, former Hewlett Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina faces what may be the greatest political challenge of her life. Not ousting Sen. Boxer -- winning over conservatives.

Fiorina can't win the general election until she wins the Republican primary, so as part of the effort to boost her conservative bona fides, she has signed on a top-notch team of blogger-outreach experts, and recently attended a "Newsmaker Breakfast" sponsored by The American Spectator in Washington.


More than 25 journalistic pundits -- most of them center-right, philosophically -- attended the breakfast, which included remarks by Fiorina, followed by a question-and-answer session. Fiorina sat at the end of a conference table, generally giving smart answers, but displaying nothing resembling a poker face, as she sometimes allowed her visage to betray her displeasure with the questions.

As a McCain surrogate in 2008, Fiorina was forced to endure countless blogger interviews and conference calls last year, but she has yet to learn the art of suffering fools gladly. And that's the least of her troubles. The most immediate problem is a charismatic and conservative Republican assemblyman named Chuck DeVore. He'd also like to be the GOP senatorial nominee in 2010, and right now he and Fiorina are running virtually neck-and-neck in the polls.