Former HP exec Carly Fiorina announces bid for presidency

The former chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard and an outspoken critic of net neutrality, Carly Fiorina has announced her bid for the United States presidency.

Fiorina, the first presidential candidate to come out of Silicon Valley, has been hiring people to help run her campaign for months, according to reports from the National Journal. The publication said her campaign was sort of an “open secret.”

However, she also turned to social media today by announcing her bid on Twitter.

Fiorina was CEO of HP from 199 to 2005. Her watch has been described by some as turbulent time for the technology company which during that time struggled with the collapse of the dot-com bubble and merged with Compaq.

Fiorina, stepped down as HP CEO in 2005 over disagreements on company strategy with the company’s board of directors. The board had previously expressed disappointment with HP’s uneven performance under Fiorina.

Fiorina officially entered politics in 2010 when she run for Senate and failed. She also served as an adviser and fundraiser for John McCain’s presidential bid in 2008. Other people running in the Republican primary include Scott Walker, Rand Paul, and Jeb Bush.

The, described Fiorina as an outspoken opponent of net neutrality principles as well as water-use policies in California which she believed were influenced by environmentalists. Fiorina is casting herself as an “outside-the-beltway” candidate and she has been critical of Clinton.

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