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03-09-2010, 05:52 AM
The granddaughter of one of Hewlett-Packard’s founders wrote a letter Monday trashing California GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina’s leadership of the company.

Arianna Packard, the granddaughter of HP co-founder David Packard, wrote the letter to the three Republican senators who recently endorsed Fiorina – James Inhofe and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma as well as Jon Kyl of Arizona – over former Rep. Tom Campbell and state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

Packard has a long feud with Fiorina, publicly criticizing her leadership of the company and pushing for her ouster in 2005. In 2002, Packard teamed with Bill Hewlett – son of co-founder Walter Hewlett – in an attempt to kill Fiorina’s planned merger with Compaq.

“As I'm sure you've seen over the past year, voters don't like Senators who don't read bills before they vote on them,” Packard wrote in a letter first posted on the conservative blog RedState. “Voters (and donors) also don't like Senators who get involved in contested primaries, especially without having done their homework. I would respectfully suggest that in the future you conduct more detailed research on candidates before endorsing them.”

Packard then went through each of the reason the senators gave for endorsing Fiorina to rebut their claims, especially that she is a “proven business leader.”

“I know a little bit about Carly Fiorina, having watched her almost destroy the company my grandfather founded. So, allow me to disillusion you of a few of your stated reasons for supporting her,” Packard wrote.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34086.html#ixzz0hgCCikoP


03-12-2010, 08:32 PM
Arianna Packard is 100% correct. Carly was a terrible CEO. She was all hype, a prima donna, and a "rockstar". :rolleyes: The Compaq merger destroyed the HP that used to be. Compaq was a company that was on the verge of going out of business; a "competitor" that was ready to disappear on it's own incompetence. The merger brought them back to life, and like vampires from Enron (another Houston company) they started to suck the blood of HP. Their technology was at least ten years behind HPs.

03-12-2010, 08:34 PM
In the tech world, we refer to it as Packard Hell.

03-12-2010, 08:35 PM
Avoid HP unless it is a printer, but even then- good luck getting warranty replacements.

"John" in India won't be very helpful.

03-12-2010, 08:48 PM
Packard Bell, HP, Compaq = crap.

03-12-2010, 08:56 PM
"John" in India won't be very helpful.

Yeah, thank Carly and Compaq for some of the worst customer support known to man.

03-14-2010, 10:12 AM
Fiorina was the best CEO Dell Computer ever had. As long as she was screwing things up at HP, Dell made tons of money. Once HP dumped Fiorina, HP became a tough competitor to Dell.

03-14-2010, 10:29 AM
Carla Fiorina fired American workers, and moved the company over seas, and made this statement: "No job is Americas God given right anymore.

03-14-2010, 10:40 AM
Fiorina appeared at the CA GOP Convention yesterday. She wasn't around and available like most candidates, but she did do a few speeches. Before an address to a Young Republicans group, she had her "Cosmetic Counter Girls" hand out Carly signs to everyone, instructing them to all raise the signs when Carly entered the room. When Carly entered, no one raised a sign. :p Carly still opened with "it's great to see so many supporters". :rolleyes:

The local news media is portraying the convention as a Carly love fest, but in reality, the only people that paid attention to her were the media. She didn't have much of a presence, other than a lot of "supporters" in Carly t-shirts around. Mostly young girls who were probably picked out at Macy's. I asked one of them if they were paid, and she said no, but the parties and hotel rooms were all paid for...

03-18-2010, 09:56 PM
The Dims already have a good dossier on old Carly:


Looks like Nixon in a dress to me:

H-P Spying Scandal Began with Leak Under Fiorina
Leak Investigation At H-P Began With Fiorina’s Tenure, And Later Erupted Into A Spying Scandal. After details of the board of directors’ intentions to fire Carly Fiorina became public in the Wall Street Journal, Ms. Fiorina “demanded a confession” from the directors. Following these demands from Fiorina, an aggressive leak investigation that resulted in a “spying scandal” commenced. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “The spying scandal dates to early 2005, when then-CEO Carly Fiorina and other directors began looking into leaks of board deliberations to journalists. After Fiorina was fired, her successor as chairwoman, Dunn, pursued the investigation, which eventually pointed to director George Keyworth. Another director, Thomas Perkins, a Keyworth ally, left the board in protest over the handling of the probe. Dunn and Keyworth also later left after the scandal became public last year.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 3/17/07]