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 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,, 7/26/10)

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.

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, 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 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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