Menendez takes shot at Fiorina over jobs record at HP

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (N.J.) took a swipe at GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina on Thursday, reminding reporters of job losses during her tenure as head of Hewlett-Packard.

Menendez, describing the Democratic message during the Senate's upcoming five-week recess period, suggested Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has little to fear from Fiorina's challenge.

"Sen. Boxer is going to stand on her long record, and she'll do fine. She's ahead in every single poll," Menendez said. "No matter what happens, [economic] issues are the issues of the day, and creating a contrast between herself and Carly Fiorina, who cut 32,000 jobs, who had a multi-million-dollar golden parachute, and who exported jobs abroad. That's the perfect contrast for Barbara Boxer at the end of the day."

Fiorina was chief executive officer of HP from 1999 to 2005, during which time she promoted the company's merger with Compaq. She resigned under pressure from HP's board of directors in 2005 and received a severance package valued at approximately $20 million.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) also weighed in Thursday on the contest in California.

“Contrary to the Democrats’ desperate attempts to spin otherwise, Senator Boxer is facing the most difficult reelection bid of her career thanks to her failed record in favor of increased spending, bloated government, and higher taxes for Californians who are struggling to make ends meet,"  Amber Marchand, NRSC spokeswoman, said in an email. "Carly Fiorina is a self-made woman who is ready to make the tough decisions in order to clean up Senator Boxer’s mess in Washington.”

Voters, Marchand added, "are ready to elect a real leader who will rein in out-of-control spending and help get our economy back on track."

This post was updated at 7:00 p.m.