Two of techs most prominent women have prevailed in California political races, shelling out much of their own personal fortunes to win those votes.
Carly Fiorina, former controversial CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay Inc., each sailed to victory in Tuesdays primaries. Fiorina clinched the Republican race for U.S. Senate while Whitman now becomes the Republican candidate for governor in the Golden State. Each spent millions of their own dollars to fund their campaigns. And the risk paid off.
“Career politicians in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., be warned you now face your worst nightmare; two businesswomen from the real world who know how to create jobs, balance budgets and get things done!” Whitman said after congratulating Fiorina, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Fiorina and Whitman both have held political aspirations for some time. Fiorina served as a top economic adviser to 2008 presidential hopeful John McCain; Whitman was McCains technology adviser. Interestingly, she supported Net neutrality efforts while McCain did not.
Fiorinas victory comes five years after she was ousted from HP. She was the CEO who broke up the once-fabled company and orchestrated what became a rough merger with Compaq. Whitman, meanwhile, oversaw eBays overpriced purchase of Skype. That deal now haunts eBay in the form of asset-writedowns and a supposedly looming spinoff.
Whitman and Fiorina will spend the next several months campaigning against their Democratic rivals.