Since the Republicans decided to run the gun-grabbing, carpetbagging Masshole Scott Brown for Senate, I’m not voting for any Republicans. For any office. Ever. Actually, I won’t be voting. So reading election news is usually not high in my priorities. But this showed up in an RSS feed, and I had to read it to see just how insane the NHGOP has gone now:
Walt Havenstein, Carly Fiorina tour local company MadgeTech
“Joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein visited a local technology company yesterday to get a glimpse of the type of business he said he would like to see more of in the state.”
Havenstein is the Repugnant candidate for governor; a man whose stated positions make make John Kerry look firm and decisive.
Fiorina’s claim to fame is a Hewlett-Packard/Compaq merger that made so little sense that analysts are still scratching their heads and saying, “WTF?” more than a decade later (the kindest comments include “total flop”). She ran HP stock prices into the ground. She fired* at least 18,000 people to try to cover her losses. In 2005, the board of directors canned her incompetent ass, paying her $21.4 million (plus another estimated $21 million in options, for a total of more than $42 million) to go the hell away. I worked at the Spit Brook HP facility in Nashua; employees throughout the facility literally broke out in shouted cheers when her firing was announced. It was amazing; you could hear it echoing through the hallways. What jobs she didn’t outright destroy, she off-shored to India; first requiring the departing workers to train their low-bid ESL replacements It was also amusing watching the company try to bring back some workers as contractors when they realized they’d fired them before certain critical projects were completed; that cost ’em some serious bucks.
Businesses Havenstein “would like to see more of in the state,” eh? Like the empty Spit Brook facility (although last I heard, there was one tenant company left on one floor of one building… wait; looks like they’re gone now).
You might recall that she later ran as a GOP senate candidate, and lost miserably at that, too.Then she was a “top campaign adviser” for RINO John McCain (who coincidentally is backing fellow RINO Scott Brown for Senate). In Queen Fiorina’s defense – or something like that – even the McCain campaign fired her sorry ass.
Those who plan to go to the polls to vote in November might want to consider Havenstein’s association with Fiorina (not to mentionBrown’s association with Fiorina’s McCain). Those who plan to go to heckle and giggle probably can’t help but consider it.
But don’t worry. There’s always Libertarian Gardner Goldsmith, who hasn’t updated his campaign website for four months.
* The Spit Brook firings were amazing. I worked mid shift that day, but the day shift security supervisor said they called employees into conference rooms en mass, without telling them why, fired them, and had security escort them directly from the conference rooms to the parking lot. They weren’t allowed to return to the cubicles for any personal possessions… like briefcases. Or purses. Or coats. In the middle of a New Hampshire winter. They had to make appointments days later to retrieve stuff like that under guard. Fiorina was one of if not the most hated people in NH.