Carly Fiorina Endorsed... By the HP Board-Member Who Fired Her?
Everyone knows Carly Fiorina's biggest hurdle is her controversial―or maybe nontroversial―time at Hewlett Packard. Now that she is rising in the polls, the attacks are coming. They always come.
Now that's fine. Even as big fans of hers, all 3,434,324.21 of our candidates need their record scrutinized. Unlike the supporters of any celebrities who are running, we're not going to get butthurt over any particular candidate's record being questioned. As a matter of fact, we invite it.
(Side note: Butthurt is in the dictionary now. Your move, America.)
"Carly did what she was brought in to do: turn the company around and make it successful again. Not only did she save the company from the dire straits it was in, she laid the foundation for HP's future growth," Tom Perkins wrote for a full-page New York Times ad.
"Critics often claim Carly was fired at HP because she was unsuccessful. As a member of the board, I can tell you this is not true. In truth, it was the Board I was a part of that was ineffective and dysfunctional," Perkins wrote. He added that his vote to fire her "was a mistake."
"The merger, while controversial, was unanimously approved by every member of the HP Board and won approval from shareholders. Thanks to Carly's leadership there was a path forward for this storied but troubled company," wrote Perkins, a founder of the California venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, in his ad.
Well shucks, that sure changes the leftist narrative that Fiorina is an incompetent manager, doesn't it? Damn facts. You can read Perkins' full ad here.