On the Occasion of Fiorina’s Tea Party Rally this Afternoon near Sacramento
Dear Team Fiorina:
We were confused by your latest press release that attempts to trick voters about some of the extreme positions that Carly Fiorina continually repeats on the campaign trail.
Fiorina’s out-of-touch positions are well-documented. That’s why the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News this week printed stories about how Fiorina’s extreme positions are out-of-touch with California voters.
As for CEO Watch, all we rely upon are tape recorders, video cameras, the Internet, newspaper subscriptions, telephones, fax machines, US Mail, pencils and other communications tools to get our information. Perhaps you believe these non-HP products were malfunctioning this whole campaign.
If so, please tell us which of the following facts are wrong:
Carly Fiorina is attending a Tea Party rally today near Sacramento.
Tea Party Patriots have a website that says “Carly Fiorina at a Townhall and Grassroots Strategy Session, El Dorado Hills, California.” If this is wrong, let us know and we’ll ask the Tea Party groups who have posted this on their website to remove it.
Like other Tea Party candidates, including Sharron Angle of Nevada and Joe Miller of Alaska, Carly Fiorina opposes extending unemployment benefits to help those without a job.
“In the interview [Fiorina] agreed with the controversial stance taken by Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., who held up a vote on a bill that would provide relief to the unemployed, among other things. Bunning was right, she said, when he insisted that Congress make certain it can pay for every program it votes into law.” [Riverside Press Enterprise, 3/2/10] Please tell us if these facts were misreported and we will inform the newspaper that printed them. [Angle’s and Miller's positions here and here]
Like other Tea Party candidates, including Sharron Angle and Joe Miller, Carly Fiorina has hinted at support for privatizing Social Security.
When Fiorina was CEO of Hewlett-Packard, before she was fired, the company was one of the founding members of the Alliance for Worker Retirement Security, an industry group that engaged in direct lobbying of Congress in support of Social Security privatization. [Duluth News Tribune, May 9, 2005] Fiorina’s fellow Republican, President George W. Bush, had championed the privatization plan. “On its website, the alliance lists the creation of private accounts as its No. 1 principle.” [Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2005] Please tell us where these facts were misreported and we will inform these newspapers that printed them. [Angle’s and Miller’s positions here and here]
Like other tea party candidates, including Sharron Angle and Joe Miller, Carly Fiorina does not believe the science of global warming.
When asked if she believes global warming is manmade, we see several television interviews where Fiorina has said, “I think we should have the courage to examine the science behind global warming.” We also see Carly Fiorina’s television advertisement where she says concern for climate change is nothing more than being “worried about the weather.” Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH8ig-lSk30 Please tell us if that was another fired CEO of Hewlett-Packard who was making those claims, and we’ll right away ask you to remove the offending material from California’s airwaves. [Angle’s and Miller’s positions here and here]
Again, Team Fiorina, we aim to please. We’re happy to update our files with any further information on your candidate, so please let us know if Carly Fiorina says anything else that is way too extreme for California at the Tea Party rally today.
CEO Watch is a project of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party that explores the records of Republican candidates who brag about their business credentials as qualifications for seeking public office. Not authorized by any federal candidate or committee.