Yesterday former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced she will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. While that’s certainly newsworthy, Fiorina’s announcement was drowned out by the now-viral story about CarlyFiorina.org, a site that Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign should have thought to reserve.
As it stands now, visitors to CarlyFiorina.org are greeted by a page showing exactly how many people were laid off by Fiorina during her time as CEO of Hewlett-Packard – in the form of 30,000 frown faces.
The same morning the former Hewlett-Packard CEO announced her presidential campaign a new website appeared making it clear that she failed to secure ownership of CarlyFiorina.org before her re-entry into the public consciousness.
Someone – exactly who isn’t yet clear – pointed out that Fiorina failed to register the seemingly obvious domain name, leaving it open to opportunists. “Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain,” says the site’s home page. “So I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard.”
The message is followed by 30,000 frown faces, one for each of the former HP employees who were walked out of the door during Fiorina’s time in charge of the technology company from 1999 to 2005.
The fact that Carly Fiorina’s announcement of her presidential campaign was drowned out by this story about how CarlyFiorina.org is being used to highlight her miserable anti-worker tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard certainly doesn’t bode well for her chances of being the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.