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Fiorina files papers to explore Senate run

August 18, 2009 | 11:39 am

Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett Packard, took her first formal step today toward a campaign for Barbara Boxer’s seat in the U.S. Senate.

Fiorina, who would face Assemblyman Chuck Devore of Irvine in the Republican primary in June, announced that she had filed papers with the Internal Revenue Service to start exploring a candidacy.

“The people of California have serious concerns about job creation, economic growth and the role of government in solving problems that touch each of our lives,” Fiorina said in a written statement.

Her personal wealth would make Fiorina a heavy favorite for the Republican nomination. But she would have a tough fight to unseat Boxer, a Democrat seeking a fourth term. And Fiorina has described herself as “pro-life” on abortion, which puts her at odds with most California voters.

Fiorina was fired from Hewlett Packard after a rocky tenure marked by lavish compensation, layoffs and a messy merger.

--Michael Finnegan