After months of speculation, former CEO of Hewlett Packard Carly Fiorina announced Nov. 4 that she would be running as a Republican for the seat currently held by Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. Since then, Fiorina has been outspokenly critical toward the incumbent but also had her conservative credentials questioned by several members of the GOP.
During the announcement of her candidacy Fiorina immediately went on the offensive, questioning Boxer’s political contributions during her time in office.
"Sometimes I wonder whether California even has two U.S. senators," said Fiorina, quoted by Southern California Public Radio. "There’s Dianne Feinstein and there’s what’s-her-name," she added.
Meanwhile, Fiorina’s Republican opponent, State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, has classified the former executive as a moderate with no political track record, the Associated Press (AP) reports.
Fiorina has described herself as a pro-life, fiscal conservative and has signed a pledge opposing increases in income taxes while being outspokenly critical of the proposed healthcare bill.
"She has no background in politics, no experience in public policy, no transferable believability on the issues," said GOP activist Steve Frank, quoted the news source. "She may be a conservative, but how do we know?" he asked.
However, Fiorina has also collected numerous endorsements within the Republican Party including Tom Coburn and John McCain. Meanwhile, DeVore has stated that he has support from the majority of elected GOP officials in California, according to the AP.