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Fiorina hospitalized for infection

by Adam Russett on October 27, 2010

California's Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was hospitalized for an infection related to post-breast-cancer reconstructive surgery, reports Politico.com. Though she was forced to cancel campaign stops in Riverside and Coachella, Fiorina's staff said they expect her to be back on the road later this week.

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard came down with the infection Tuesday morning and is currently undergoing antibiotic treatment. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and was treated with chemotherapy. She had reconstructive surgery in July.

"The doctors tending to her care will observe her overnight and are taking every precaution to ensure that she can return to her busy campaign schedule," Deborah Bowker, Fiorina's cheif of staff, said in a statement

Seeking to unseat Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer, Fiorina has been trailing closely behind the incumbent in one of the tightest races this election season.

On the campaign trail, Fiorina has mentioned her diagnosis and surgery while advocating a repeal of President Obama's healthcare legislation. She has condemned the legislation for its high cost and stated it would diminish the quality of the nation's healthcare.

According to a Rasmussen Reports poll, 46 percent of voters plan to vote for Fiorina during next week's election.

However, the Republican still trails Boxer's 48 percent lead and has come under considerable criticism for her economic policies as a CEO.

In an Op-Ed published in the San Fransisco Times, the grandsons of David Packard and Bill Hewlett criticized Fioronia's Senate bid. Jason Burnett and Eric Gimon cited Fiorina's HP tenure during which she slashed 30,000 American jobs and outsourced thousands of other jobs. "While Fiorina's values were wrong for HP, we believe they would be devastating for California and the nation," they wrote.

California's unemployment rate currently exceeds 12 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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