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Ad of the day: Fiorina calls Boxer arrogant

A new ad from Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, a California Republican, goes after incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), calling her arrogant for asking to be called "senator" instead of "ma'am."

The ad starts with video of Boxer asking Army Corps of Engineers Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, "You know, do me a favor, could you say Senator instead of ma'am? It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you." The comment was made during an exchange at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing in June 2009.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Fiorina chimes in, "Twenty-eight years in Washington and Barbara Boxer works hard for a title? I'll really go to work to end the arrogance in Washington." This is not the first time Fiorina has gone after Boxer on the subject of feminine issues. After winning the Republican primary, she was caught in a hot-mic moment commenting on Boxer's hair.

By Emi Kolawole  | September 23, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
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Boxer politely asked to be addressed as Senator and thanked him. This is what passes for a campaign issue? How does THAT affect the nation? We've ALL got to start using our heads and vote based upon competence and policy positions.

So Ms. Fiorina believes she was a great CEO. That may come as some surprise to the Board of HP who summarily fired her for incompetence and loss of market share. I don't see how that qualifies her to sit in the US Senate.

Ms. Fiorina denies the existence of global warming today. (She previously stated publicly that she understood the validity of the science and believed that we needed to address it now, not later.) So she was either lying then or she's lying now. Take your pick. In either case, she's clearly willing to shape shift to pander to the Tea Baggers.

Boxer consistently shows an understanding of the big picture. Politicians occasionally have to show leadership on tough issues. Global Warming is such an issue. She is willing to lead on difficult problems when the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

If you want an arrogant jack-hole, vote Carly.

Posted by: sdavis3398 | September 29, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Yes. We need Florina's experience to cut a few more jobs, especially those of Boxers and Feinsteins family members on the dole.
And how about some of those 500,000.00 a year jobs held by city managers?

Posted by: Chet_Sr | September 26, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

As a simple grandmother I gasped in Boxer's narcisstic request on the shoulders of Military and protocol. I had spoke w/Fiorina once long ago when I had a problem and sought out a resolve. Carley had been helpful (10 yrs ago) getting my ram back on a warranty repair. I had not forgotten her practice of simple business principles. Those are my experiences w/both. ANY BETS AS TO WHO I WANT TO REPRESENT ME?

Posted by: a1955rosie | September 25, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

BARBARA "Bribes" BOXER... one of the three reasons, the other FEINSTEIN & PELOSI, of CA total meltdown!


For every jobs Boxer loses, she seems to find the loot from her "campaign donors" to siphon off to son, Douglas Boxer as "consultant fees"...hehehehe... AND VOTED NO TO END THIS BRAZEN CORRUPTION!

While CA is in meltdown, Boxer writes her pulp fiction (amazon) and goes on 22 city tours, until Feinstein needs her to vote on something that will put money in Feinstein's corrupt husband's pocket, RICHARD C BLUM, WAR PROFITEER!

These are foul people! ALL OF THEM!

Posted by: STOPAMNESTY | September 25, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Is Carly Fiorina serious? She must be counting on voters not remembering that she served as the high-powered CEO of HP. A humble CEO is an oxymoron. Being arrogant is a requisite for the position. Her statement is a joke.

Posted by: CMAN27 | September 25, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

You can smear Fiorina all you want, she is going to win.

Posted by: joanz3 | September 24, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

What an unpleasant human being. She is an exemplar of corporate greed, personal advancement on the backs of American workers, and complete moral disconnect. I had friends who worked at HP. She was heartless.

Posted by: orientyourself | September 24, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Regarding Carly Fiorina's statement, it looks like a bit of pot and kettle to me. Besides, when I have watched Senate Committee meetings on C-SPAN, the people testifying always address the Senators as "Senator". So, although "Ma'am" is a polite form of address, it sure looks like the Brigadier General chose a polite put-down to address Senator Boxer.

Posted by: csd426 | September 24, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The person who damn near bankrupted HP is talking about arrogant? Carly couldn't make in the corporate world and now she wants to be the US Senator from CA. Carly should go prove herself before she runs for public office. She should be ashamed of herself.

Posted by: kinsman_bob | September 23, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

With Fiorina's ego, you can bet she'll demand everyone call her "Senator", at a minimum (only because "Dear Leader" is already taken).

And she posts an ad mocking Boxer expecting the same degree of respect the general gave to the MALE senators? She's saying women should receive less respect? Then why is she running for office? Isn't that a job for men, Carly? That's the message of your ad.

Posted by: lmb02 | September 23, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

No way Fiorina, you're not gonna make it.

Carly Fiorina laid off some 30,000 from Hewlett Packard and now she pretends to be someone who can "create" jobs.

Carly Fiorina has no experience in the area of "creating" jobs, but she does have experience in shipping jobs overseas and laying people off, that's about it.

What's so bad is, the money she saved in layoffs, she gave to herself in raises.

Posted by: lindalovejones | September 23, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Both Carly and Meg Whitman have "Donate Now" buttons on their web sites.

I just don't get how anyone could "donate" to these women.

Ms Fiorina's net worth is $2.2 billion dollars. (I know we get lost in these numbers sometimes, but that is 2,200 Million!)

She has $2,200,000,000 as her net worth and she is asking average californians who probably have about 10k of credit card debt to "DONTATE".

Great example of fiscal responsibility. Spend your money, not theirs.

Posted by: Gus4 | September 23, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Carly Fiorina is calling Barbara Boxer "arrogant"?

Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, pot.

Posted by: mnteng | September 23, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not bothered by Senator Boxer's request.

All you have to do is look at video from earlier this year when they asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton what her former-President husband thought of an issue instead of herself to understand that women in politics are seen as inherently lesser.

And - I'm sure - Ms. Fiorina would probably insist on the same thing if she won the seat.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | September 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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