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Southern Chair Tom Garcia on Carly’s Veterans Coalition

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Tom Garcia, Retired Army Specialist, Statewide Southern District Chair, Veterans for Carly

I am proud and excited to be the Statewide Southern District Chair for Veterans for Carly Fiorina. I joined Carly today in San Diego to help her announce the launch of the veterans coalition and to talk about issues of importance to veterans, including jobs for recently returned solders, health care and supporting our troops.

I believe California needs a senator who respects our men and women in uniform. As a veteran, I took great offense with Barbara Boxer’s careless comments equating being a senator with serving in the military. Unfortunately, this was just the most recent comment in Boxer’s long history of disrespecting our men and women in uniform. Boxer has a deplorable record when it comes to one of the most critical military issues: troop funding. In 2001, she voted against $847 million in funding for much-needed mission-critical and force-protection maintenance. And in 2003, Boxer voted with only 12 other senators to try and defeat an $87 billion supplemental for supporting troops in the field and their families at home.

She was also one of only 25 senators who voted against condemning a MoveOn.org ad that attacked General David Petraeus. The ad accused the general of “cooking the books” and called him “General Betray Us.” And let’s not forget when she dressed down a brigadier general on national television, asking that he call her “senator” instead of “ma’am”.

It’s time we had a senator who gives our troops the respect they deserve. That is why I am working to elect Carly Fiorina in November. Carly also has the real-world experience necessary to get our economy running again. She knows what it takes to create a job—something Boxer, with her 34 years as a career politician, has no idea how to do. Jobs are important to all Americans, but especially to our veterans returning from active duty. We need someone in office who understands that we need to help small-business owners and entrepreneurs in order to create jobs and jump start the economy, not spend billions of taxpayer dollars on a failed stimulus plan.

It’s time for Barbara Boxer to go. And I know that, with the help of the veterans’ community in California, we can work together to defeat Boxer and elect Carly Fiorina as our next senator.

Carly Fiorina Launches Veterans Coalition, Names Statewide and Regional Leadership of Veterans for Carly

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

State Senator Jeff Denham, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Assemblyman Paul Cook Among Honorary Chairs

SAN DIEGO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today met with veterans at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park, where she launched Veterans for Carly and named Lieutenant Commander Paul Chabot statewide coalition chair.

"I am honored to serve as chair of Veterans for Carly because Carly Fiorina understands that protecting our nation is government's first priority. As a member of the U.S. Senate, Carly will stand up for the interests of our men and women in uniform and of those of us who served before them," said Chabot. "Barbara Boxer has repeatedly disrespected members of our military and has on multiple occasions voted against funding for our troops in times of war. That's why I will fight to defeat her this November and replace her with Carly Fiorina."

Also named today were Veterans for Carly Southern District Chair retired Army Specialist Tom Garcia, Northern District Chair retired Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Charlie Waters, Central District Chair retired Marine Corps Captain Joseph de los Santos and Honorary Chairs Senator Jeff Denham, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, Assemblyman Paul Cook, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Orson Swindle, retired Navy Commander Everett Alvarez and retired Navy Vice Admiral Ed Martin. Statewide Volunteer Chair Chuck McDougald, a retired captain in the U.S. Army, will also serve as a senior advisor to Veterans for Carly. Fiorina also announced having earned the endorsement of 61 other veterans who have joined the veterans coalition supporting her campaign for U.S. Senate.

"During her 28 years in Washington, Barbara Boxer has consistently failed to stand up for the brave men and women who are willing to lay their very lives on the line to protect this great country. The fact that a veteran has to wait, on average, 158 days for a benefit claim to be processed or that young veterans face an unemployment rate of 30 percent here in California is simply unacceptable," said Fiorina. "Our nation's veterans have sacrificed much so that we Americans can enjoy the privileges of pursuing life, liberty and happiness. It is now our duty to continue fighting to protect those freedoms for future generations by championing policies to support these veterans and to ensure a stronger more secure nation for our children and grandchildren. And that begins by firing Barbara Boxer this November."

Barbara Boxer's record of opposing support for our troops and demonstrating a lack of respect for our men and women serving in uniform includes:

Repeatedly Opposing Defense Spending Bills, Including Legislation That Provided Billions Of Dollars For Body Armor And Defense Health Programs

In 2007, Boxer Was One Of Only 14 Senators To Vote Against Supplemental Funding For The War In Iraq And Afghanistan. (H.R. 2206, CQ Vote #181: Passed 80-14: R 42-3; D 37-10; I 1-1, 5/24/07, Boxer Voted Nay and Feinstein Voted Yea)

NOTE: The Iraq Emergency Spending Bill That Boxer Voted Against Provided:

  • $1.6 Billion For Body Armor
  • $2.4 Billion To Help Combat IEDs
  • $3 Billion For Mine Resistant Vehicles
  • $3 Billion For Defense Health Programs, Including Funding For The Treatment Of Soldiers Suffering From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder And Brain Trauma Injury (House And Senate Committees On Appropriations, "Summary Of The Fiscal 2007 Supplemental Funding Legislation," Press Release, 5/24/07)
In 2003, Boxer Was One Of Just 12 Senators To Oppose The $87 Billion Supplemental Appropriation For The Reconstruction Of Iraq And Afghanistan; The Bill Included Funding For Body Armor And Communications Equipment For The Troops. (S. 1689, CQ Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Boxer Voted Nay and Feinstein Voted Yea; "Highlights Of Iraq, Afghanistan Measures," The Associated Press, 10/17/03)

The Bill Also Included Funds For The Maintenance And Operation Of Equipment, Defense Health Programs, And Increased Imminent Danger Pay. ("Highlights Of Iraq, Afghanistan Measures," The Associated Press, 10/17/03; Senate Republican Policy Committee, "Funding For Our Men And Women In The Armed Forces," S. 1689, 2/04)

Disrespecting Members Of The Military On Multiple Occasions:

"During A Committee Hearing In June, Boxer Upbraided A Brigadier General For Calling Her 'Ma'am' Rather Than 'Senator.'" (Lisa Lerer and Manu Raju, "Dems Raise Concerns About Boxer," Politico, 7/23/09)

Boxer Was One Of Only 25 Senators Who Voted Against Condemning A MoveOn.Org Ad Against General David Petraeus. (HR 1585, CQ Vote #344: Passed 72-25: R 49-0; D 22-24; I 1-1, 9/20/07, Boxer Voted Nay and Feinstein Voted Yea)
  • In A Full Page Ad In The New York Times, MoveOn.Org Claimed That Gen. Petraeus Was "Cooking The Books" And Called Him "General Betray Us." (Peter Wuetherich, "Petraeus: Battle-Hardened General On The Frontlines In Iraq," Agence France Presse, 9/10/07)
"At A Campaign Event Over The Weekend In Inglewood, California, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer Seemingly Equated Being A Politician To Serving In The Military." (Amanda Carey, "Senator Barbara Boxer: Serving In The Military Is Like Being A Member Of Congress," Daily Caller, www.dailycaller.com, 7/26/10)

Iraq War Veteran Calls on Barbara Boxer to Apologize for Equating Military Service with Being a Politician

Monday, July 26th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – Veterans for Carly Coalition Co-Chairman Lt. Commander Paul Chabot, an Iraq War veteran, today issued the following statement in response to Barbara Boxer's disrespectful comments at an Inglewood event during which she equated the experiences of members of Congress with the experiences of veterans who have served our country in uniform:

"Barbara Boxer's disrespectful comments underscore just how out of touch she has become after her 28 years in Washington. Equating the experiences of members of Congress with those of brave soldiers who have fought to defend our country is just the latest example in a failed career marked by disrespect for our men and women in uniform.

"Unfortunately, this type of behavior is what we have come to expect from the senator who dressed down a brigadier general on national television and voted against condemning a disgraceful ad that attacked the integrity of General David Petraeus. To add insult to injury, Boxer will join anti-war activist Jane Fonda tonight for a campaign fundraiser. Barbara Boxer owes an immediate apology to all members of America's armed forces."

Today, Boxer Offered The Following Remarks About The Experiences Of Veterans:

BOXER: "We know that if you have veterans in one place where they can befriend each other and talk to each other. You know when you've gone through similar things you need to share it. I don't care whether you are a policeman or a fireman or a veteran or by chance a member of Congress. Maxine and I could look at each other and roll our eyes. We know what we are up against. And it is hard for people who are not there to understand the pressure and the great things that go along with it and the tough things that go along with it." (Sen. Barbara Boxer, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Inglewood, CA, 7/24/10)

Click Here To Listen To Boxer's Remarks
During Her Time In The Senate, Boxer Has Disrespected Prominent Members Of The Military On Multiple Occasions:

"During A Committee Hearing In June, Boxer Upbraided A Brigadier General For Calling Her 'Ma'am' Rather Than 'Senator.'" (Lisa Lerer and Manu Raju, "Dems Raise Concerns About Boxer," Politico, 7/23/09)

Boxer Was One Of Only 25 Senators Who Voted Against Condemning A MoveOn.Org Ad Against General David Petraeus. (HR 1585, CQ Vote #344: Passed 72-25: R 49-0; D 22-24; I 1-1, 9/20/07, Boxer Voted Nay and Feinstein Voted Yea)

  • In A Full Page Ad In The New York Times, MoveOn.Org Claimed That Gen. Petraeus Was "Cooking The Books" And Called Him "General Betray Us." (Peter Wuetherich, "Petraeus: Battle-Hardened General On The Frontlines In Iraq," Agence France Presse, 9/10/07)

Carly Fiorina Issues Statement on $1.47 Trillion Federal Deficit

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the Office of Management and Budget report released this afternoon projecting that the federal deficit will hit a record $1.47 trillion this year:

“Today’s report underscores just how deep a pit Barbara Boxer and Washington have dug for the people of this country. Under their watch, unemployment continues to soar, and we now know our federal deficit will reach a record $1.47 trillion this year. Still, Boxer remains intent on spending even more of taxpayers’ money and continues to talk about even more earmarks and even more government growth.

“It is painfully clear that Barbara Boxer and her colleagues in Washington have spent far too much of our money – and have no intention of changing direction anytime soon. Americans are already on the hook for billions of dollars in bailouts, and we simply cannot afford another six years of Boxer’s free-spending ways. Barbara Boxer obviously has no intention of making the tough choices necessary to set our nation on a path toward fiscal sanity, which is why we must replace her this November with a senator who will.”

Former Assemblywoman Nicole Parra and Former Kern County Supervisor Pete Parra Endorse Carly Fiorina

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Parras to Spearhead the Democrats and Independent Voters For Carly Coalition

SACRAMENTO, CA - In reflection of the broad-based support building behind her campaign to defeat Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today earned the endorsement of former Kern County Supervisor Pete Parra and former California State Assemblywoman Nicole Parra. Together the Parras will spearhead the Democrats and Independent Voters for Carly Coalition.

“Carly Fiorina will be an outstanding U.S. senator, and I am thrilled to endorse her campaign today. Carly has been clear from the start that her focus on Day One in Washington will be to create jobs and grow our economy – the two issues most important to our fellow Californians,” said former Supervisor Parra. “I’m equally impressed by Carly’s commitment to restoring water flow to Central Valley farmers and communities, and I know she will be a terrific advocate for our state in the U.S. Senate.”

Pete Parra was elected to the Bakersfield City School District Board of Education in 1985, where he provided leadership in early childhood development, bilingual education and parental education. In 1996, Parra was elected to serve on the Kern County Board of Supervisors; during his tenure, he helped establish the Kern County Children and Families Commission. Parra also served as Executive Director of Employer Training Resources for more than 20 years. Parra is a Democrat.

“It is my pleasure to endorse Carly Fiorina’s campaign for U.S. Senate today. Carly’s message of job creation and economic growth resonates with voters across California, especially in light of our state’s 12.3 percent unemployment rate. Small-business owners, families and communities all around the Central Valley in particular are struggling, and we need a vocal advocate fighting for us in Washington,” said former Assemblywoman Parra. “Carly Fiorina understands these challenges firsthand, and she will fight for our state as a member of the U.S. Senate.”

Nicole Parra was elected to the California State Assembly in 2002 and served three terms representing Kings, Kern, Tulare and Fresno Counties. Parra began her career as a legislative assistant to Congressman Cal Dooley from 1992 to 1998; she served as Dooley’s district director from 1998 to 2002. Parra is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and of the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Parra is registered decline-to-state.

“With 2.2 million Californians out of work and unemployment rates across the Central Valley above 15 percent, it’s clear Barbara Boxer has again been long on rhetoric and short on results when it comes to fighting for jobs. That’s why Californians of all party affiliations are looking for new leadership in the U.S. Senate,” said Fiorina. “Pete and Nicole share my commitment to getting our state on the path toward economic growth and recovery, and I am honored to earn their support today. Together, I fully believe we will take Washington back, make it listen and make it work by beating Boxer in November.”

In the coming weeks, former Supervisor Parra and former Assemblywoman Parra will together spearhead the effort to recruit support for Fiorina’s campaign from Democrats, independents and decline-to-state voters across California. Fiorina has previously been endorsed by Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, who is registered decline-to-state, and Mendota City Councilman Leo Capuchino, who is a Democrat.

Carly Fiorina Hosts Roundtable With Bay Area Businesswomen

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Discusses Job Creation in Seventh Statewide Jobs Tour Stop

LOS ALTOS, CA - U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today hosted a roundtable with Bay Area businesswomen at Main Street Cafe and Books in Los Altos to discuss the impact job losses and a lagging economy have had on their families, businesses and communities.

“California’s unemployment rate is among the worst in the nation, and more than 2 million of our fellow Californians remain out of work – underscoring the abject failure of Barbara Boxer’s big-government policies to create the jobs she promised,” said Fiorina. “Boxer’s ‘solution’ to our unemployment crisis is to further burden taxpayers to fund more growth in government. This view is dangerous for the long-term health of our economy, and it is both unsustainable and unworkable if our goal is real growth.”

Today’s roundtable was the seventh stop on Fiorina’s ongoing statewide jobs tour, during which she has highlighted the devastating effects of the job-killing policies Barbara Boxer has supported over the course of her 28 years in Washington. Fiorina has thus far visited San Diego, Clovis, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Marina Del Rey. She will continue traveling to communities around the state presenting to voters her own economic growth plan, which focuses on supporting job creation through tax cuts, less regulation and government policies that support small businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs.

“California’s small-business owners, innovators and entrepreneurs are the engines of growth in our economy and the lifeblood of our country. If our leaders in Washington are serious about supporting economic recovery, then they must be committed to implementing policies that give these job creators a boost, not get in their way,” Fiorina continued. “Californians are tired of career politicians like Barbara Boxer who continually demonstrate their unwillingness to support real job creation, and that’s why the voters of this state will fire her this November.”

Carly Fiorina Issues Statement on California Unemployment Rate

Friday, July 16th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA - U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement regarding the report released by the California Employment Development Department this morning showing that 27,600 Californians lost their jobs last month, while the private sector added only 1,300 jobs:

“The news today that 27,600 Californians lost their jobs and private-sector job growth remained extremely weak last month underscores the fact that big-government policies that depend on temporary, taxpayer-funded government jobs will not provide the foundation of growth we need in order to experience a true economic recovery. Still, Barbara Boxer and her fellow Democrats in Congress continue to press for the budget-busting entitlements, job-killing regulations and higher taxes that drive jobs out of state. As a result, 2.24 million Californians remain unemployed today, and 13 of the top 20 most stressed counties in the nation are right here in California. Only an out-of-touch career politician like Barbara Boxer could witness such a crisis of joblessness and declare victory; it’s clear she’s interested in only one job in California: her own. That’s why I am running to replace her this November.

“Instead, our focus must be on implementing policies that are oriented to support private-sector job growth. That means cutting taxes and cutting through the thicket of regulation that prevents California companies from growing and hiring more employees.”

Carly Fiorina Brings Statewide Jobs Tour to Los Angeles

Friday, July 16th, 2010

MARINA DEL REY, CA - U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was today joined by former Secretary of Commerce and former Kellogg Company Chief Executive Officer Carlos Gutierrez to host a press conference at Patty’s Presto Pizza in Marina Del Rey on the sixth stop of Fiorina’s statewide jobs tour.

“Our nation is in the midst of a terrible economic and political crisis – a fact only further underscored by the jobs numbers released this morning. We desperately need leaders in the U.S. Senate who will prioritize the issues most important to our fellow Californians, and that means pushing for real jobs and a sustainable economic recovery,” said Gutierrez. “Carly’s economic growth plan focuses on the policies we must have implemented in order to ensure a strong economic future, and that’s why we need her fighting for us in the U.S. Senate.”

Gutierrez currently serves as national co-chairman of the Business Coalition 100, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 current and former business leaders in California and across the nation supporting Fiorina’s campaign to defeat Barbara Boxer. Also joining Fiorina at the press conference today were Patty’s Presto Pizza Owner Patty Phillips, 720CreditScore.com Owner Philip Tirone and Westway Electric Systems President and Associated Building and Contractors representative Chris Lang.

“Today we received the disappointing news that 27,600 Californians lost their jobs last month – further proof that temporary government jobs do not provide the foundation of growth we need in order to experience a true economic recovery. Sadly, this is only the latest in a string of disappointing reports we have received about the state of our economy over the last several months,” said Fiorina. “Despite the fact that Californians are staring 12.3 percent unemployment in the face, Barbara Boxer continually refuses to implement the pragmatic policies we need in order support the small-businesses and entrepreneurs who will help create jobs and grow the economy. That’s why I am running to replace her this November.”

Fiorina kicked off her statewide jobs tour in San Diego last month to highlight the devastating effects of the job-killing policies Barbara Boxer has supported over the course of her 28 years in Washington. Since then, Fiorina has brought her statewide jobs tour to Clovis, Sacramento, Beverly Hills and San Francisco to lay out the ideas in her economic growth plan designed to support real job creation through tax cuts, less regulation and government policies that support small businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Students For Carly Seek to Bounce Boxer

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Barbara Boxer has spent our lifetime in politics- voting for higher taxes, increasing government spending, and killing jobs. She has failed California and students across the state have had enough of her bad policies that are bankrupting our future.

In efforts to protect our future, students from campus to campus have teamed up together to form Students for Carly. We want to make sure that Barbara Boxer hears us loud and clear. Enough is enough of out of control spending and government unaccountability! We want Barbara Boxer to retire. Her reign is over!

In gearing for November, we have energized hundreds of students (some even from other states) to get involved with Carly's campaign. We have become activists against Boxer's tenure of failed policies. We have taken our frustrations to the streets carrying signs protesting out of control spending and encouraging the public to Bounce Boxer. We have also turned our energy towards mobilizing supporters by attending various phone banks and using new technologies allowing us to make calls via text or on computers from the comfort of our dorm rooms and our apartments.

This July, we launched StudentsforCarly.com, a one-stop shop where students from across California can get the latest news from the campaign trail, upcoming event information, and connect with student leaders. We know that students get their news from the internet and communicate through mediums such as Facebook and Twitter. That's why we've created a Students Speak series that consists of student created webisodes discussing the campaign and have added widgets making it easier for visitors to connect with our coalition.

As school starts back up, we will be focusing on expanding by establishing chapters at as many campuses as we can. The momentum of the movement we are creating will win back the youth vote and oust Boxer.

If you would like to get involved with Students for Carly, join us as carlyforca.com/coalitions or look for us on Facebook. Together we can Bounce Boxer and bring accountability back to Washington.

Asian Americans for Carly Chair on Joining Carly’s Team

Friday, July 16th, 2010

nullAnn Hoang Fogliani, Statewide Chair, Asian Americans for Carly:

I am excited to join Carly’s team as the statewide chair for the Asian Americans for Carly coalition. Today Carly and I visited Alliance Auto Body in Sacramento to launch the new coalition and to talk to Asian small-business owners about important issues affecting small businesses, our economy and job creation.

Carly has truly lived the American dream, and understands what it takes to create a job and to build a strong economy today and for future generations. With 12.4 percent statewide unemployment, we need a leader in Washington who has real world business experience and not an out of touch career politician. Barbara Boxer has been in Washington for 28 years and has only a record of increased regulation, higher taxes and bigger government to show for it.

California is a great state, and I want my children to have access to the same opportunities I have had the fortune to enjoy. That is why I strongly support Carly and her belief that getting credit flowing and into the hands of small businesses is the key to getting our economy moving again and putting people back to work. I know that with the help of the Asian community in California, we can come together and defeat Barbara Boxer in November.



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