Former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina addressed a few dozen people along the Embarcadero Thursday with the Midway Museum as a backdrop.
She appeared with local leaders Carl DeMaio and Bill Horn to deliver her basic message on Tax Day: Don’t create any new taxes and cut the overall tax rate to help small businesses, innovators, entrepreneurs.
“Wouldn’t it be great to have a job here in California,” said Fiorina. “There are too many people losing their jobs here in California not just because of tough economic times but because of bad public policy.”
Fiorina is one of three candidates challenging Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Republican Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and former congressman Tom Campbell, also a Republican, are also campaigning for the seat.
Describing herself an outsider who has never run for public office before her senate race, Fiorina criticized Sen. Boxer as a member of the “Washington Buddy System.”
A Boxer spokesman has said Fiorina is focused on fiction, while the senator is focused on getting the economy back on track.
DeVore believes Fiorina railing against the establishment is a tough sell. Devore says Fiorina was recruited by Republican lawmakers in Washington who share some responsibility for the GOP losing its majority in Congress.
Still, with 40 percent of GOP voters still undecided and a six point difference between her and the candidate in the lead, Former Rep. Tom Campbell, Fiorina is hoping to bring members of the GOP and the Tea Parties together in a combined "Had Enough Party."