Video: California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Runs Away From Questions on Afghanistan War

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Patriot Axiom tracked down Senator Boxer on the streets of Oakland and asked some very simple questions.

Senator Boxer can run but she cannot hide. With Carly Fiorina ready to announce her candidacy against Boxer next week, the Senator will have to answer about her less than mediocre record for California in the U.S. Senate.

If Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, is successful in passing her bill to reduce carbon emissions, commonly called cap and trade, it would only be the fourth bill she’s championed that’s signed into law during her three terms as a U.S. senator.

When Mrs. Boxer, joined by former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, brought their 821-page Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act to the floor Wednesday, critics noted that only three of the nearly 400 bills she has sponsored have ever been passed.

Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in an e-mail that Mrs. Boxer’s record could be summed up in three words: “Ineffective, polarizing and partisan.”

Mr. Walsh, looking ahead to that cycle, also said, “While her colleague Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein has had four times as many bills signed into law, Boxer has been content berating decorated generals and serving as the darling for the radical left. When you consider the many serious issues facing California right now, including the current fiscal crisis, you can bet Boxer’s ineffective and partisan record will be a central issue in her re-election bid next year.”

Indeed, Senator Boxer’s Senate record is fairly dismal – no matter how you count the tally.

Maybe this is the REAL reason why the Senator is running away.


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Senator Barbara Boxer Pushes Climate Bill as Carly Fiorina Gets Ready to Run Against Her in 2010

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U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Kerry (D-MA) (L) participate in a news conference to discuss the Kerry-Boxer bill “The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act” on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 30, 2009

This climate bill, a job killer for California, will NOT make Senator Barbara Boxer more popular back home.
Senate Environment and Public Works committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.) said that she plans to mark-up her climate bill on Tuesday, moving forward despite Republican concerns about the pace of the legislation.

“There objections don’t pass the smell test,” she said. “It seems to me they just want to delay this and delay it, so we don’t make progress on this crucial issue.”

All the Republicans on the committee are expected to vote against the legislation.

Nevertheless, Republicans have said that they would like more time to review the chairman’s mark up, and to see a Congressional Budget Office score for the bill and a more throughout analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency before a vote by the committee.

“Why are we trying to jam down this legislation now?” asked Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich. “Wouldn’t it be smarter to take our time and do it right like we didn’t last year.”

But, Boxer is a left-wing climate change nutter who has NOT had a serious electoral challenge in decades.

Carly Fiorina who will most probably launch her 2010 campaign against Boxer next week must be licking her chops to bash Boxer over the economy and the loss of California jobs during her tenure as California’s junior Senator.

Stay tuned…

Update:

And, the debate in the Senate with Senator Boxer and this bill is getting ugly.

This time there isn’t even a glimmer of bipartisanship on Boxer’s Environment and Public Works Committee. She told a group of California reporters the day before the hearings started that she didn’t expect any Republicans to vote to send the climate change bill to the Senate floor. Committee debate is scheduled to start on Tuesday.

The 800-page bill calls for a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 2005 levels by 2020. It uses the so-called cap and trade method of achieving this. Under such a plan, those sectors covered by the bill would either have to curb carbon emissions or buy credits from entities that have reduced emissions more than required.

Critics call this a “cap and tax” bill, saying it would wreak havoc on the manufacturing sector and cost consumers money.


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California GOP Assemblyman Chuck DeVore Falls Flat in California U.S. Senate Fundraising

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The official filing  for the ending third quarter (September 30, 2009) is now posted over at the Federal Elections Commission although the National Journal had a summary earlier.

You can generate your own DeVore FEC report in PDF format here.

All Flap knows is that California United States Senator Barbara Boxer is licking her chops at the prospect of EVER running against a Republican candidate with so little monetary support. After all, DeVore has been campaigning for almost a year (as soon as he won re-election to the California Assembly and is term limited out from running for re-election) and has a “NET” cash on hand of $56K compared to Boxer’s $6.35 million.

Now, Flap wants to know why Assemblyman DeVore is fibbing to the San Francisco Chronicle when he is stating he has “a gross” of about $600,000 in the bank. Uh No.

Chuck, despite your tweets from you and your paid flacks, like Joshua Trevino, you ain’t even close to $600K. You are closer to $60K and would be even closer to $60K if you hadn’t donated funds to Senate candidates Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio and the National Conservative Campaign fund.

Is there any wonder why DeVore claims that he is being dissed by the national GOP and the NRSC (national Republican Senatorial Committee)?

DeVore simply does NOT have the support for his candidacy and in a year of candidacy has NOT been successful in fundraising.

Should Carly Fiorina not run in this race (which I believe she will), look for someone else to jump in at the last minute.

DeVore just falls flat.


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Carly Fiorina at Web 2.0 in San Francisco Talks About Breast Cancer, Government Tech Policy and Her Possible Run for California U.S. Senate

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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina yesterday evening

Sounds like Carly Fiorina is running for United States Senate.
It was a very different Carly Fiorina who took the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit dinner tonight to discuss her potential run for the U.S. Senate.

Just as it was typical when she was the first female chief executive of Hewlett Packard, part of the conversation with Web 2.0 co-host John Battelle covered her appearance. But in this case it was relevant in the discussion about her political reviews.

Fiorina’s hair was a mix of dark brown and gray and it looked as if it had been recently shaved. She said that her close-shorn look was a result of her eight-month battle with breast cancer.

“I have seen the best and the worst of our healthcare system,” she said, with her voice shaking slightly with the emotional moment that focused on her own health. But she told the audience at the dinner that she was healthy. She was there to talk about her possible bid as a Republican candidate to take on Democrat Barbara Boxer. Fiorina didn’t outright declare her candidacy, but she said she was exploring the idea.

What was the most interesting during her talk last night was the angst on Twitter from left-wing tech folks bemoaning a possible Fiorina candidacy. There were not many of these folks and after all it was San Francisco.

Also, interesting was GOP California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore pathetically re-tweeting negative comments about Fiorina. I mean doesn’t DeVore who will possibly oppose Fiorina in a contested Republican Party primary election in June 2010 have anything better to do than be pathetic. How about fundraising, where DeVore has been an abysmal failure? Or criticizing the vulnerable, incumbent, Democrat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer?

But, whatever. Carly Fiorina is tough enough to withstand the LEFT and RIGHT.

The question is: Will Fiorina be able to WIN?


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“Darned Good” Republican Meg Whitman’s Campaign for California Governor Self-Destructs With Revelation She Endorsed Democrat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in 2003

Posted Posted in Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman, Steve Poizner

Meg Whitman has already been struggling with her GOP bonafides with her recent re-registration from a DTS (Decline to State) voter to the Republican Party and this revelation will not help her – AT ALL.
Former eBay executive Meg Whitman, the 2010 gubernatorial candidate who has recently portrayed herself as a “darned good” conservative Republican, endorsed Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in 2003, records show.

“Whitman contributed $4,000 to Boxer in the 2004 reelection campaign — and endorsed Boxer as a part of Technology Leaders for Boxer,” confirmed Boxer aide Rose Kapolczynski today.

And, she signed an “open letter” appealing for support from the California technology executives, touting Boxer as a “dynamic and courageous leader” on the tech front.

Whitman’s name was included in a “Friends of Boxer” release when the committee of a dozen technology leaders was formed in 2003 to assist the California Democrat in her 2004 re-election effort, which pitted her against GOP former Secretary of State Bill Jones.

The move by Whitman to back the Democratic junior Senator came about because “in the spring of 2003, some technology leaders were interested in announcing their support for Boxer, so our campaign went out and talked to a wide range of leaders. And Meg Whitman was among them,” Kapolcyznski said.

“She agreed to endorse the Senator…there was a fundraising event in Silicon Valley later in the year and Whitman maxed out to the campaign,” she said.

Looks like the race for California governor in 2010 will be California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s to lose.

And, how will this affect former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s bid to unseat Barbara Boxer?

If Carly Fiorina decides to run, that is.


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Are the United States Senate Democrats With 60 Members At Their High-Water Mark?

Posted Posted in Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore, David Paterson, Democrats, George Pataki, GOP, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rudy Giuliani

The composition of the United States Senate, September 2009

Apparently so, according to Charlie Cook.

One of Vice President Joe Biden‘s long-standing and endearing qualities is his gift of hyperbole. The Washington Post recently quoted Biden as saying at a Democratic fundraiser that, of the 54 House seats Democrats have flipped in the last two elections cycles, “If [Republicans] take them back, this is the end of the road for what [President Obama] and I are trying to do.”

While he overstates the case, Biden’s worry applies at least as much in the Senate. The Democrats’ majority status next year is not in doubt, but their 60-seat majority is in grave danger and the odds of their maintaining control after 2012 and 2014 are increasingly remote.

The Senate seats up in next year’s midterm elections are evenly split, with 19 on each side. But in 2012, Democrats have 23 seats at risk (counting Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.) compared to only nine for the GOP. In 2014, it’s 20 Democrats up, to only 13 for Republicans.

Good news for the GOP.

California:

In California, it’s unclear how tough the re-election challenge will be for Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. The biggest question there is whether Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is ready for prime time politics.

Note: there is NO mention of Carly Fiorina’s GOP challenger Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.

New York:

New York is also very murky. Former Republican Gov. George Pataki might run. Remember that he knocked off Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994, the last really bad year for Democrats. There are other first-tier Republicans — former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Rep. Rick Lazio — who are looking at the gubernatorial race but might be enticed to take on Gillibrand.

Probably Rudy for Governor against Paterson and Pataki against Gillibrand. Then, a likely dual pick-up for the GOP.


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