Fiorina struggles to convince California conservatives she's one of them [Updated]
Former HP executive Carly Fiorina is trying to convince conservative California voters that she is one of them.
As she seeks the Republic nomination for U.S. Senate, Fiorina is feeling compelled to detail her views on abortion and same-sex marriage as she tries to appeal to the right, according to Times political writer Seema Mehta. [Corrected at 3:53 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Fiorina was a candidate for governor.]
Part of the reason is that, unlike her primary opponents, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of Irvine and former U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell, Fiorina is an unknown political quantity. She has never sought election to public office before now, so she doesn't have a paper trail of legislation, statements and votes, Mehta reports from the campaign trial.
Her prepared speeches and written statements on taxes, federal spending and the deficit are consistently conservative. But when asked about non-fiscal issues, she sometimes veers into more moderate territory. She said last week that she supported President Obama's effort to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," the policy excluding openly gay individuals from military service.
Photo: Carly Fiorina and John McCain. Credit: Los Angeles Times