It was billed as the fight of her political life and Barbara Boxer’s campaign for a fourth term in the Senate lived up to the hype.
It was well after 11 when Barbara Boxer finally appeared before volunteers in the Hollywood Renaissance ballroom. Every news organization had named her the winner hours before, but Boxer staffers say she’s superstitious and wouldn’t make a speech until she finally pulled ahead. Finally, Boxer addressed the crowd. "I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this victory," she said, "after the toughest and roughest campaign of my life."
The campaign against the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Republican Carly Fiorina, was marked by expensive and nasty campaign ads. Boxer joked about the difficult campaign. "Somebody said to me the other day, when they saw me for the first time, 'I didn’t know you’d be so little.' Because I’m only 5 feet tall. I said, 'yeah, but I was actually 6 feet tall before I started this campaign. I went down to 5 feet.' But tonight I feel tall and happy and proud and grateful and humble and excited."
Boxer promised to work on getting tax breaks for small businesses that create jobs here at home, to pass comprehensive immigration reform and protect a woman’s right to choose. Boxer didn’t promise a climate change bill, but said she’d get back to work as chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
"One day my opponent said I was an extreme environmentalist," she said. "Well, this is what I want to say about that. I readily admit, I want extremely clean air, extremely clean water..."
Boxer did get a few boos from the crowd when she congratulated the San Francisco Giants on their World Series victory. Perhaps she forgot she was in the heart of Dodger territory.