White House Watch: Carly Fiorina

Business executive Carly Fiorina parachutes into this week’s SFGN White House Watch as it is expected she will announce plans for a U.S. Presidential campaign on May 4.

Born Cara Carleton Sneed, Carly Fiorina is best known as the former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, a multinational information technology corporation. She served as head of HP from 1999-2005, a tumultuous time, which featured massive layoffs and highly contentious mergers.

Fiorina is expected to campaign in the Republican field where she will likely be positioned to the left of social conservatives due to her statements that gay couples deserve equal benefits and protections in the workplace.

“Government needs to bestow benefits equally,” Fiorina said in an interview with USA Today adding “that it is pretty clear the majority of the nation has evolved” on the issue of marriage equality.

In the same interview, however, Fiorina condemned public reaction to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration act.

“It is shameful how the liberal left has used this in a typical identity politics divisive way to create a firestorm,” Fiorina said.

Fiorina has also publicly criticized Apple CEO Tim Cook and social activists for failing to direct their outrage over discrimination towards nations that have no rights for LGBT people and yet do business with U.S. companies.

A graduate of Stanford University with a MBA in marketing from the University of Maryland, Fiorina ran for U.S. Senate in California in 2010, but was defeated by incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer. Fiorina, 60, is married to Frank Fiorina, her second husband. The couple have been together since 1985.


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