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CORRECTED: Our View: Fiorina deserves your vote

The Signal Editorial Board

Posted: October 28, 2010 7:57 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Editor's note: This editorial was updated to delete incorrect information.

They can cast their ballots for Barbara Boxer, a long-serving senator who has shown a singular lack of leadership abilities; or they can choose Carly Fiorina, a newcomer to politics, and hopefully cast their ballots for change.

Of the two choices, we’re recommending a vote for Fiorina.

Many Boxer critics say the three-term senator has accomplished zip in her 18 years in office.

We disagree. Boxer has co-authored a number of measures that benefit the environment, including at least one — the Soledad Canyon High Desert, California Public Lands Conservation and Management Act of 2010 — that would benefit the Santa Clarita Valley directly.

That bill, co-authored with U.S. Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, seeks to prevent Mexican cement-mining giant Cemex from opening a giant mine in Soledad Canyon over the wishes of local residents.

Boxer at least has visited the Santa Clarita Valley.

But what she hasn’t demonstrated — despite ample time to do so — is leadership in the Senate, a key body that has the power to co-direct this nation.

And leadership, above all, is what this nation needs right now.

Fiorina has demonstrated the stuff of leadership in the business community, as well as in her campaign. She has been open with the public, unlike her counterpart in the gubernatorial race, and she recovered from a potential major campaign setback — her recent hospitalization with an infection due to past breast cancer surgery — with grace, unlike her gubernatorial counterpart’s handling of Housekeeper-gate.

As to the job-outsourcing issue dogging Fiorina from her Hewlett-Packard Co. days, we find the Cisco-Boxer connection revealed Oct. 27 by the Wall Street Journal to be enlightening.

Cisco CEO John Chambers is among Boxer’s most ardent supporters. Yet the Wall Street Journal reports about half the networking-equipment giant’s 70,700-strong work force is located overseas, and about half of the jobs the company has added in recent years are also located outside the United States.

Outsourcing jobs is a complex issue driven by globalization. It’s a business trend that gathered momentum on the Clinton administration’s watch after the NAFTA agreement was signed into law in 1993, a year after Boxer’s first election.
If Boxer perceived outsourcing as a dire threat to America’s work force, what did she do about it while she had the power of the Senate behind her?

Not much. Her accomplishments deal mostly with environmental protection, not jobs protection.

According to the government watchdog website, few if any of the bills Boxer authored in the last session had anything to do with jobs or workers.

On Tuesday, we urge you to vote for a chance at new leadership for California. Vote for Carly Fiorina.


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