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A Fiorina Opportunity in California?

Last updated: July 31, 2020 | January 12, 2010 | Elisa Mueller

California Republican Chuck DeVore’s aggressive strategy to be seen by conservative activists as a RINO-slaying hero seemed to get a boost today when former Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Calif.), whose run for governor had been flagging, switched over to the Senate primary. It was certainly a vote of no-confidence in Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP Senate candidate who announced this week that she had $2.7 million in the bank for her first-ever electoral bid. But I’d expect the Fiorina camp to try and box out both candidates by attacking the 2005 California budget. DeVore, a California assemblyman, voted for it. As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (R-Calif.) finance director, Campbell helped muscle it through. So the events of today make Fiorina the only female candidate in the race, the best-funded, and the only one not tainted by GOP decisions of the past–probably a better position than she had on Monday.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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