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Former HP boss Carly Fiorina runs for US senate

Alex Scroxton

Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, who was ousted in favour of current incumbent Mark Hurd in 2005, is preparing a run on the US Senate in 2010, according to reports.

 Fiorina registered the name ‘Carly for California’ with the IRS – the US tax service - earlier in the week, allowing her to start raising funds for a campaign.

“The people of California have serious concerns about job creation, economic growth and the role of government in solving problems that touch each of our lives," Fiorina said in a statement.

"I have received a great deal of encouragement to make a run for the Senate in 2010 from people across the political spectrum because these are all issues that need focused attention in Washington DC.”

Fiorina will probably challenge California Democratic senator Barbara Boxer, according to the Washington Post, which said she could well be the GOP’s most credible Senate candidate in California for a long time.

A move into politics has long been on the cards for Fiorina, who served as a spokesperson for John McCain’s unsuccessful presidential campaign but was kicked out after telling MSNBC that her candidate was unfit to run a major company.

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, also a Republican, is seeking to oust governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the next election.

This story first appeared on Microscope


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