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Sarah Palin endorses Carly Fiorina for Senate

May 6, 2010

PalinFormer vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in California on Thursday, a potentially key endorsement in an election that could hinge in part on the candidates’ conservative and outside-the-beltway credentials.

Fiorina is battling formerU.S. Representative Tom Campbell  and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in a tight race to challenge Senator Barbara Boxer,  a liberal Democrat who is considered vulnerable in a year when incumbents are proving unpopular with voters. 

Palin  has become an icon of the Republican party’s right wing and Tea Party activists and her endorsement of  Fiorina must be especially painful for DeVore, who had courted members of that movement and paints himself as having the support of true grass-roots conservatives.

“Carly is the Commonsense Conservative that California needs and our country sure could use in these trying times,” Palin said in a written statement. “ She’s not a career politician. She’s a businesswoman who has run a major corporation. She knows how to really incentivize job creation. Her fiscal conservatism is rooted in real life experience.

Palin also took a shot at Campbell, who has held a slight lead over Fiorina in the polls, saying: “I support Carly as she fights through a tough primary against a liberal member of the GOP who seems to bear almost no difference to Boxer, one of the most leftwing members of the Senate.”

CarlyFor her part Fiorina pronounced herself honored to have Palin’s support, saying that “she, too is a political outsider and a strong fiscal conservative.”

 

 

 

(Sarah Palin photo by Lucas Jackson/ Reuters)

Carly Fiorina photo by Bryan Snyder/Reuters) 

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All I can say is it’s great that Sarah is endorsing Carly. She’s guaranteed to lose now. Here’s how Carly “incentivises job creation.” Under Fiorina’s watch, Hewlett-Packard lost 28,000 people and missed its targets at least nine times on either revenue, profit or both. Meanwhile, Carly grabbed a golden parachute worth $21 million as she was pushed out the door.

That’ll go over well in a state with a 12.6% unemployment rate….

Posted by SteveoOOo | Report as abusive
 

Sarah Palin, aka Mrs. Potato Head, has endorsed Carly Fiorina, someone who Conde Nast Portfolio included on its list of 20 worst American CEOs of all time. BusinessWeek described Fiorina this way: “A consummate self-promoter, Fiorina was busy pontificating on the lecture circuit and posing for magazine covers while her company floundered. She paid herself handsome bonuses and perks while laying off thousands of employees to cut costs.”

Fiorina is famous for outsourcing much of HP’s workforce to India and China and having said in 2004 “There is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore. We have to compete for jobs as a nation.” She was given a $20 million golden parachute after being fired by HP.

In a PBS NewsHour interview, Fiorina said “As the only candidate in this race who’s ever created a job, I know that, if we want to create more jobs here in the state of California, then we must loosen the bonds of regulation, much of which flows from Washington, D.C.” Her comments are simply bizarre in light of her past actions. By “loosen the bonds of regulation” she must mean that she will work to increase Wall Street bonuses. She moved the manufacturing of HP products to China. She is a strong advocate of the H-1B visa program, which essentially transfers tens of thousands of jobs from Americans to Indians each year. The only jobs Carly Fiorina created were in India and China.

Posted by saucymugwump | Report as abusive
 

Fiorina is a fiasco, but she is BIG MONEY. We all know how $arah feels about MONEY!
Palin has betrayed those that hoisted her to top of the crazy cracker barrel….I am sure she will get away with it, though, the people who support $arah in the first place have pretty low standards. If they support Palin they can’t expect much, so what’s a little stupidity and betrayal to them….ok, ALOT of stupidity and betrayal.

Posted by DEOSIL | Report as abusive
 

Deosil.

“We all know how $arah feels about MONEY!”

How does Sarah feel about money? I assume you have actually talked to her and she shared her feelings with you on the subject.

Please share the “facts” with the rest of us. No, no one wants your opinion, only the facts.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive
 

No, no one wants your opinion either, TyC, but you can’t stop yourself from inflicting it upon us, can you?

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive
 

Many predicted that HP’s stock would plunge 90% when she displaced Easter with Martin Luther King Day, but they were all wrong–it actually dropped 95%, and HP never quite recovered.

Is that what California needs now–a personality who neither HP customers, HP suppliers, nor HP employees, EVER benefitted from?

Posted by johnknight | Report as abusive
 

“Please share the “facts” with the rest of us. No, no one wants your opinion, only the facts.”

What more facts about Fiorina could you possibly want above and beyond what saucy posted? The only fact that might be of any concern that wasn’t already posted was the little detail about HP stock plunging 95% as a direct result of her presence and actions. That’s indefensible in my book.

Posted by johnknight | Report as abusive
 

Another question is why it is that the media is so enamored with Failure Fiorina, to the point that they don’t even quote the most reliable polls, and instead quote the ONE on which she “wins” (with a margin of error of plus or minus 5%).

They never talk about the Field Poll which gives Campbell a 5% lead over Fiorina (30% vs. 25%). Or the Probolsky Research poll which gives Campbell a 13% lead (30% vs. 17%). Or the Research 2000 Poll which gives Campbell a 9 point lead (33% vs. 24%). Even the liberal LA Times gives Campbell a 4% lead (29% vs. 25%).

And this was BEFORE her demon sheep PMS attack, and other reports of her racism and sexism and even age discrimination while at HP (where she right now is losing in court).

Sex discrimination? Just take a look at her current staff, or her own web site if you want the facts about that.

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