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McCain Expands High-Tech PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 July 2004 12:54
A pair of high-profile former Silicon Valley executives have signed on to help John McCain's presidential campaign, offering a boost to the presumptive Republican nominee's economic credentials and fund-raising abilities.
[John McCain]

Meg Whitman, the retirement-bound chief executive of eBay Inc., joined the McCain team Friday as a national co-chairwoman. She made the move after more than a year as an adviser to Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who ran a tough campaign against Sen. McCain.

Ms. Whitman joins Carly Fiorina, the former head of Hewlett-Packard Co., who was named the Republican National Committee's "Victory" chair earlier this month.

The business savvy of Ms. Whitman and Ms. Fiorina, as well as their networks and rolodexes, will help Sen. McCain and his party as they face worsening economic conditions and the Democratic money machine. The high-tech industry in particular is one that has given more heavily to Democrats than Republicans, so the duo could be particularly helpful to Sen. McCain.
[Carly Fiorina]

He already has the help of longtime supporter John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., as both a fund-raiser and an adviser.

Ms. Whitman and Ms. Fiorina have known each other for years through their California-based technology companies and had dinner a few months ago. "We had a friendly disagreement over John and Mitt," Ms. Fiorina said. (The release announcing the addition of Ms. Whitman to the McCain team made no mention of her past involvement with the Romney campaign.)

While Ms. Fiorina, a longtime Republican, has made political contributions in the past, she has never assumed a political role until this one. However, her role as a campaign surrogate reminds her of her past effort on "road shows" during the Hewlett-Packard proxy battle several years ago. After heading the Palo Alto, Calif., computer maker for several years, Ms. Fiorina was forced out of the company in 2005 after battles with shareholders and directors. Shortly after, she said she might pursue politics or "public service."
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