The Massachusetts special election and unexpected primary upsets serve as harsh reminders of the challenges facing Senate candidates endorsed by Council for a Livable World. If Massachusetts, long considered the bluest of blue states, can elect a Republican to the Senate in these tough economic times, California could follow suit.
In California, the Tea Party Express has identified Senator Boxer as one of their top targets in the 2010 elections. Money is flowing into the Golden State from across the country to fund baseless, vicious attacks that distort her record.
Ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) is challenging Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), and easily won the June 8 primary with 56% of the vote against Assemblyman Chuck Devore (R) and former U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell (R), the 2000 nominee for Senate. Fiorina’s personal wealth, from the $42 million severance package she received after being booted from Hewlett Packard, eases her ability to fund her own campaign and neutralizes the fundraising advantage an incumbent like Boxer would normally enjoy.
A recent poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner shows incumbent Barbara Boxer ahead by a none-to-comfortable margin, with 44% to Fiorina’s 38%.
Senator Barbara Boxer has been a strong supporter of nuclear arms control treaties. She voted for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1999. In the most recent Council for a Livable World voting records, she received a 90%, a 91% and a 100%, only missing perfect score because of two absences. Senator Boxer has consistently opposed national missile defense deployment and new nuclear weapons, and was one of the few Senators to vote against the U.S.-India nuclear deal.