Menendez: Sarah Palin dooms Carly Fiorina and GOP chance of retaking Senate
DSCC Chief Robert Menendez said Sarah Palin’s ties to California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina will prove fatal for Fiorina’s election chances and the GOP odds of regaining a majority in the Senate.
Republican senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina’s statement that she shares Sarah Palin’s values is one reason the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) says his party will keep control of the US Senate in the 2010 elections.Skip to next paragraph
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When DSCC Chair Robert Menendez was asked at a Monitor breakfast what he thought the chances were that his party would lose its senate majority, he called the idea “wishful thinking on behalf of Republicans.”
What would have to happen
“They have to win every one of their – their – open seats. They have to win all six. They have to defend a couple of their most vulnerable incumbents in North Carolina and in Louisiana. And after that they have to pick up 10 seats. I just do not see that under any set of circumstances,” Senator Menendez told a room filled with reporters Wednesday.
One reason Democrats should be able to hold the Senate, he said, was that Republican candidates faced primary challenges and were forced to move right, a direction that Menendez thinks will hurt them in the general election. “Look at what they have done in their primaries. You have got people moving further and further to the right," he said.
A California example
He specifically cited the race being run by Carly Fiorina, former chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, for the California Senate seat now held by Barbara Boxer. “They have huge primaries that drive them in the wrong direction. When you have Carly Fiorina traveling California saying she shares Sarah Palin’s values, it gives you a sense of what those Republican primaries are doing. I don’t know how that sells in the general election in California,” Menendez said.