Carly Fiorina, California Republican U.S. Senate candidate, shares a wide range of skewed views straight out of the Sarah Palin manifesto. But there is one key Palinesque policy she embraces that she’d just a soon the state’s Latino voters didn’t dwell on.
Fiorina, who casts herself as friend of Latinos, is a strong and strident supporter of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law that civil rights groups denounce as discriminatory and an open to door to racial profiling. As a U.S. senator, Fiorina very well could back a national anti-immigrant law patterned after Arizona’s.
Today the California Labor Federation, Brave New Films and SEIU California unveiled a new bilingual video, “Carly No Es Mi Amiga” (Carly is Not My Friend) that exposes her anti-immigrant agenda and close ties to Palin’s radical and inflammatory immigration rhetoric. Says Art Pulaski, California Labor Federation executive secretary-treasurer:
She’s pushing more of the same failed policies that destroyed our economy and forced millions of Latinos and other workers into the unemployment line. The last thing California Latinos need is Carly’s anti-immigrant, job-slashing agenda.
Brave New Films also will launch an integrated “Carly No Es Mi Amiga” online campaign which will include Facebook ads for California voters and the Latino community. It’s part of a full “Real Carly” campaign. Click here.
There are more reasons why Fiorina is no friend to Latino voters–read them here in the latest post from Rebecca Greenberg at the California Labor Federation’s blog, Labor’s Edge.
Debate season for California’s major political candidates begins Wednesday in Moraga, with a televised U.S. Senate matchup at St. Mary’s College between Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina.
Ordinarily, debates are a chance for office-seekers to outline what they would do if elected. Don’t bet on that this year. So far, it has been far easier to bash the opponent.
With voter frustration – and the state’s 12.3 percent unemployment rate – boiling, candidates are finding it simpler to say what they won’t do instead of what they will. Going negative, in short, chops down an opponent’s poll numbers quicker than going positive builds an office-seeker’s ratings.
Analysts say the negative strategy is unlikely to stop when Fiorina and Boxer tangle for an hour beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown begin a series of three gubernatorial debates starting later in September.
From recent research he’s seen, Democratic pollster Ben Tulchin concluded voters respond more when candidates attack than when they express positive messages.
“(Negativity) is working,” said Tulchin, a San Francisco strategist who is advising San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign for lieutenant governor. “The voters are in such a foul mood that, quite frankly, a negative message is working better than a positive message.”
In her 25-minute speech to the California Republican Party this month, first-time candidate Fiorina mentioned “Barbara Boxer” 21 times. However, she didn’t once mention Hewlett-Packard, the Silicon Valley company where she served as CEO until she was fired in 2005.
That was a slightly slower opponent-name-dropping pace than that set by GOP gubernatorial candidate, and fellow first-time office-seeker, Whitman. Whitman dropped 21 mentions of Democratic opponent Brown in her 20-minute convention speech, with scarcely a shout-out to eBay, which she helmed as CEO for 10 years until 2008. While she has run positive advertisements linked to her eBay tenure, she also has repeatedly pounded Brown in other ads as a “failed” politician.
“Just saying ‘Barbara Boxer’ and ‘Jerry Brown’ is like throwing red meat to the audience at a Republican convention. And it helps because neither (Fiorina nor Whitman) have a long-term relationship with that crowd,” said Adam Probolsky, an Orange County pollster and strategist for Republican candidates.
Plus, with Boxer and Brown being longtime officeholders it stokes “the broad anger toward government that we haven’t seen in a long time,” Probolsky said.
Fiorina repeats Boxer’s name because 52 percent of voters now hold a negative view of the three-term senator, according to a July Field Poll, said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a policy and politics fellow at the University of Southern California – and a veteran observer of California politics.
The nation hasn’t seen this level of voter anger since the Republican congressional takeover in 1994 or the youth-led Democratic Party uprisings in 1968, she said.
But that anger isn’t provoking a substantive discussion of the problems facing California.
Carly No Es Mi Amiga (Carly Fiornia Is Not My Friend)
We Don’t Want Carly to bring racial profiling to California! Through Carly Fiorina’s fierce support of SB 1070 and racial profiling in Arizona one thing is clear, Carly is no friend of Latinos in California and Latinos everywhere. Help spread the word about Carly Fiorina’s REAL views on Immigration and together we can stop the potential spread of racial profiling to California.
Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films is calling on Gen. Stanley McChrystal to resign and the producer-activist has launched a petition drive, saying that his comments reported in Rolling Stone have “undermined the Office of the President of the United States.”