While much of the attention at this weekend’s state Republican convention focused on the party’s gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman, rank-and-file conservatives are most excited about their senatorial candidate.
In her speech to Republicans, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina touted her outsider businesswoman status as the former head of Hewlett-Packard and derided Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer as a left-wing ideologue.
“If it's higher taxes, she supports them. If it's bigger government, she votes yes. If it’s more regulation, no problem. And if it’s a weakened military and isolationism, that’s her preference.”
Polls show Fiorina’s running even with Boxer in this anti-incumbent year focused on the economy. But political blogger Phil Trounstine of CalBuzz.com says the challenger's anti-abortion, pro-oil drilling stance may hurt her.
“I think Carly Fiorina is very, very conservative and perhaps too conservative for the California electorate," Trounstine said.
Fiorina hopes to keep the campaign conversation about jobs. Boxer’s responded with a series of job-related events, including one in Los Angeles Monday with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.