CA-Sen: Fiorina's in

The Fix
Copyright 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009; 1:11 PM

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (AP Photo/Claude Paris) Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) ended months of speculation today by formally announcing her candidacy for Senate in California, a bid that was once touted by national Republicans but has run into structural problems before it even began. "Throughout my career I've brought people together, and I've solved problems," wrote Fiorina in an editorial in the Orange County Register today. "And that is what is needed in our government today. People who are willing to set aside ego and partisanship and instead work to develop solutions to our problems." On paper, Fiorina gives Republicans their most serious candidate against Sen. Barbara Boxer since 1998 when then state Treasurer Matt Fong (R) held the Democratic incumbent to 53 percent. As a successful businesswoman, Fiorina presents a significant contrast to Boxer who has been in elected office in California since 1976.

© 2009 The Washington Post Company