There will be many interesting battles in the 2010 Congressional elections. Perhaps none will be more intriguing than a potential Barbara Boxer – Carly Fiorina matchup in California.

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina

Democrat Barbara Boxer will be seeking a fourth term in the U.S. Senate in 2010. She represents California and is a mainstream Democrat that voters link with the Obama administration.

Though Carly Fiorina has not yet announced her candidacy, she seems to be the most likely candidate to run against the veteran Boxer. The ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard is a California native who served a pivotal role in John McCain’s presidential campaign. She also is a multi-millionaire who can fund a massive campaign. She would likely have the support of many big businesses in the Silicon Valley area, which could give her millions more in campaign money.

Boxer would still be the favorite in such a race. She is a household name in California, and she has had high approval ratings during her career. However, if Obama’s approval rating continues to sink, and the record unemployment rate in California remains high, Boxer may be facing a referendum against Obama. In the same way that McCain could not shake Bush’s legacy, Boxer may not be able to shake Obama’s.

Personally, I think Carly Fiorina would be a great candidate for California. She is too socially moderate for many conservatives, but frankly, a social conservative could not win in California anyway. She also has business credibility and private sector leadership credentials, two things that is much needed in Washington these days.

Run, Carly, Run!

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