Looks like Ma’am Boxer’s going to have an opponent with deep pockets:
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina inched closer Tuesday toward a run for U.S. Senate next year, filing paperwork that will allow her to begin raising money for polling, political consultants and other preparations as she nears a formal decision in the next several weeks.
Fiorina, a Republican who served as a top surrogate to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, has strongly signaled that she will challenge three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010. On Tuesday, she announced that she has filed forms with the IRS to create a political bank account, which she is calling “Carly for California.”
My advice to Ms. Fiorina: Keep Ma’am on the defensive. Remember, Ma’am’s going to play the game she played in ’92 and ’98, going into the gutter to attack her Republican opponents. Don’t play the game on her terms. Play her game, stay on offense and force her to play defense, keep asking her why a woman with a near three-decade career in Washington prefers sliming her opponent to defending her record. Make sure to ask Ma’am what she’s done for the Golden State–and why she would rather insult her constituents than meet with them.
Remember, Ms. Fiorina, you’re not the issue; Ma’am is. She’s been in Washington 27 years. In her 17 years in the Senate, things haven’t improved in the Golden State. And people, even here in liberal California, aren’t particularly happy with the political class today.
And let me know what I can do to help. It will be a good day for California and a better day for the United States when a woman like you replaces a mean-spirited Ma’am like Barbara Boxer.
Oh, happy day, oh happy, happy. Where do I send my check?