Ex HP boss Fiorina to run for Senate seat

FORMER Hewlett-Packard chairwoman and chief executive Carly Fiorina said yesterday that she intends to run as a Republican candidate for the California Senate.<br /><br />The Silicon Valley star will take on Liberal Democrat Barbara Boxer, who now holds the seat. She had set up a campaign account earlier this year, but announced her candidacy in an opinion piece in the Orange County Register yesterday.<br /><br />She said the main problems she would tackle were &ldquo;too few jobs for Americans and too much spending in Washington&rdquo;. She also warned that health care legislation wending its way through Congress worried her.<br /><br />Fiorina was the driving force behind HP&rsquo;s controversial acquisition of Compaq Computer, turning the Silicon Valley pioneer into a behemoth with billions in annual revenue in line with that of IBM.<br /><br />But HP&rsquo;s poor performance resulted in her sacking in 2005 with a $21m (&pound;12.7bn) severance package. But she rose to national prominence again as a senior adviser to Republican Party presidential candidate John McCain in the 2008 race. As a relative newcomer to politics, she face a battle to get party nominations.