Boxer may have the backdoor support of a few corporations with special deals and of course, the unions, but Fiorina is making headway where it counts, with the people who vote. Vote one time, that is.
Via Ed Morrissey;
Carly Fiorina stepped up her attack on Barbara Boxer by scolding her for backing a regulatory expansion into the Internet instead of fixing the broken systems that already exist — and that hurt the tech sector. Fiorina came out explicitly against Net Neutrality and the effort by the Obama administration to impose it by bureaucratic fiat. Politico thinks that the Silicon Valley vote is already sewn up, but Fiorina has already put Boxer on the defensive over the guest-visa system that Congress has supposed to address for years, and that may be enough to open a few more minds:
Ultimately, the Net neutrality issue is unlikely to energize voters in a race pivoting primarily on economic issues, and Fiorina’s comments most likely won’t shake the ground in Silicon Valley, especially given her more than 20 years of experience at AT&T and Lucent Technologies.
Many of the Golden State’s top tech companies have also long made up their minds, said Ralph Hellmann, senior vice president of the Information Technology Industry Council. He added many of those firms “are already close to Boxer.”
But a Fiorina win could make it more difficult for Net neutrality advocates to get anything through the Senate next year, especially if the FCC finds itself mired in legal battles should it reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service. …
Fiorina further emphasized the need for reform to guest visa laws, which she said would allow talent from abroad to stimulate innovation in California, and she proffered the importance of free trade agreements to economic development. She hammered Boxer for prioritizing neither issue, although the Boxer camp says that that the senator strongly supports increasing guest worker visas and incentivizing successful foreign students to work at high-tech companies in the United States.
“I would sum it up as her economic policy is higher taxes, more regulation and bigger government, and she has not been a friend to the technology industry or any other industry,” Fiorina said.