In a rather shocking development for the flagship Hearst newspaper in America’s arguably most liberal city, the San Francisco Chronicle has declined to endorse either incumbent Barbara Boxer or her challenger, failed former HP CEO Carleton Sneed Fiorina, for the Senate seat Boxer first won in 1992.
Calling the choice "deeply unsatisfying" the Chronicle editorial board first excoriates Barbara Boxer’s record:
The incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer, has failed to distinguish herself during her 18 years in office. There is no reason to believe that another six-year term would bring anything but more of the same uninspired representation.
Boxer, first elected in 1992, would not rate on anyone’s list of most influential senators. Her most famous moments on Capitol Hill have not been ones of legislative accomplishment, but of delivering partisan shots. Although she is chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, it is telling that leadership on the most pressing issue before it – climate change – was shifted to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., because the bill had become so polarized under her wing.
For some Californians, Boxer’s reliably liberal voting record may be reason enough to give her another six years in office. But we believe Californians deserve more than a usually correct vote on issues they care about. They deserve a senator who is accessible, effective and willing and able to reach across party lines to achieve progress on the great issues of our times. Boxer falls short on those counts.
Boxer’s campaign, playing to resentment over Fiorina’s wealth, is not only an example of the personalized pettiness that has infected too much of modern politics, it is also a clear sign of desperation.
Fiorina, though, is not spared:
Unfortunately for Californians who are eager for change, Fiorina has firmly staked out positions that are outside of the state’s mainstream values and even its economic interest. The list only begins with her openness to offshore oil drilling, her opposition to the Roe vs. Wade abortion rights ruling and her unwillingness to support even the most commonsense gun-control measures to keep assault weapons off the street or to deny guns to suspected terrorists on the federal "no fly list."
One might argue, as Fiorina does, that the latter are settled issues and thus should not be determinant in an election that should be laser-focused on jobs. But efforts to expand health care and take action against climate change – issues with both moral and economic consequences for future generations – are very much in play, especially if Republicans gain control of the Senate. Fiorina has said she would vote to repeal the landmark health care bill, and her support for a state initiative that would halt definitive action on climate change until unemployment reaches 5.5 percent shows a disdain for science and a disregard for this state’s potential to take the lead in an emerging green economy. She is similarly unrealistic in her insistence that immigration reform must wait until the U.S.-Mexico border is absolutely secure.
Calling it a ‘dismal choice,’ the Chronicle abandons its leadership role in California politics and acknowledges the decline of Legacy Media: are voters really guided by newspaper endorsements anymore?
Senior economic adviser to Barbara Boxer Marcus Stanley was arrested Tuesday entering the Hart Senate Office Building with a "substance that tested positive for marijuana," apparently jumping the gun on possible passage this November of Proposition 19 despite his boss’s opposition to the measure.
An aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana after he was stopped during a security screening while entering the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington at about noon.
Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police, said officers observed Marcus Stanley, 43, with a “green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.” He was released later on Tuesday, she said. Stanley had been working for Boxer’s senate office since January 2009 as a senior economic adviser.
“Marcus Stanley is no longer with this office,” Boxer’s communication director Zachary Coile said in a statement. “He submitted his resignation and Sen. Boxer accepted it because his actions yesterday were wrong and unacceptable.”
On her first day as the GOP nominee to challenge Barbara Boxer’s US Senate seat, Carleton Sneed "Carly" Fiorina proved her unreadiness for the media spotlight.
She chatted on a hot CNN camera with her staffers about cheeseburgers at last night’s victory party and — to her potential great embarrassment — got catty about Barbara Boxer’s hairstyle and, worst of all, her ticketmate Meg Whitman’s choice to appear with Sean Hannity.
Carly said it was "really surprising" and "bizarre" Meg would agree to a first-time interview with Sean Hannity since "you know how he is [eye roll]."
Somebody had to pay to get in; it is a fundraiser. When your supporters are heckling you seven months before the election about DADT, a policy you promised to repeal when you were elected in 2008, it doesn’t sound too good.
The headline is "Gay Hecklers Repeatedly Interrupt Obama:"
Obama said he agrees that "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" needs to be repealed. "When you got an ally like Barbara Boxer and you’ve got an ally like me who are standing for the same thing, then you don’t know exactly why you have to holler because we already hear you," President Obama said to the hecklers.
Video of Obama being interrupted by DADT protesters. Obama told the protesters "we already hear ya." Cute, but not true. Barney Frank has tried to get the White House for one month now to say that it wants DADT repealed this year. Frank has received silence in response. The President very clearly doesn’t hear us. Watch 5:37 into the video, Obama is pissed. This worked folks. His entire speech got disrupted.
Congratulations to GetEqual and their supporters for asking President Fierce Advocate when his fierce advocacy will translate into action.
Senator Barbara Boxer, touting the Nelson "compromise" abortion language and confronted with Planned Parenthood’s opposition to the bill, claims that "not all the choice groups oppose this bill." (2:34)
This is embarrassing for a candidate trying to prove her conservative bonafides to her party: eMeg Whitman endorsed — and contributed to! — Barbara Boxer’s 2003 re-election campaign.
"Whitman contributed $4,000 to Boxer in the 2004 reelection campaign — and endorsed Boxer as a part of Technology Leaders for Boxer,” confirmed Boxer aide Rose Kapolczynski today.
And, she signed an "open letter" appealing for support from the California technology executives, touting Boxer as a "dynamic and courageous leader" on the tech front.
eMeg already has stumbled badly in her attempts to explain the absence of any evidence she registered to vote anywhere prior to 2002. For a wildly right-wing California GOP, the Boxer endorsement may make Whitman toxic, particularly since she has no office-holding experience to highlight instead.
But it does provide ammunition for Boxer in her campaign for re-election next year against either Chuck DeVore or Carly Sneed Fiorina, especially if the GOP puts eMeg atop the general election ballot:
Whitman, the eBay CEO, was so convinced of Boxer’s strength that she, too, released her own statement. "Barbara Boxer is a courageous leader and friend of California’s technology industry,” Whitman said in the 2003 Democratic campaign release.
It’s a quote Boxer may end up using in her 2010 re-election campaign against either California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore or former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, two Republicans who are aiming for her seat.
The news that Whitman backed and endorsed Boxer — considered Public Enemy Number One for the GOP in California — comes just days after the eBay CEO faced heat over her failure to vote for decades. She assured grassroots activists at the state GOP convention last week of her solid Republican credentials.
"I’m a Republican, and you’ll find I’m a darn good one,” she told them. "I’ve committed myself to running for one of the toughest chief executive jobs on the planet because I believe Republican ideals, truly and consistently applied, will save this state."
If there’s one thing Barbara Boxer stands for, it’s not Republican ideals.
Not a success at CEOing, voting, or political surrogating, Sneed Fiorina seems to think her vast personal fortune entitles her to a Senate run, despite her "pro-life" stance that conflicts with a large California majority’s views. I mean, the woman doesn’t even vote:
Fiorina voted in just 5 of the 18 elections since 2000, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. That’s even worse than former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, the Republican gubernatorial hopeful who, you’ll recall, voted in 6 of 13 elections over five years (46 percent turnout versus 28 percent for Fiorina).
The company concern over leaks from its board began while Fiorina was chief executive. She asked the Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to interview board members to discover the leak. But nothing came of that investigation. After Hurd succeeded Fiorina, the leaks stopped.
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