WashingtonPost.com reports that newly minted California senate candidate Carly Fiorina did not know her mic was on while she was getting ready for a morning news interview just one day after winning the Republican nomination and made a rude comment about opponent Barbara Boxer's appearance. The Post's Dana Milbank calls it a "rookie mistake."
Fiorina said someone in her camp "saw Barbara Boxer briefly on television this morning and said what everyone says: "God, what is that hair?" (laughs) Sooo yesterday."
Not shown on the tape was Fiorina also saying that she finds it "really surprising" that Meg Whitman, the GOP candidate for governor, was going on Hannity's show on her first day as nominee. "I think it's a very bad choice actually," she said. "You know how he is."
Fiorina's camp is reportedly downplaying these gaffes yesterday by saying they were nothing but early morning small talk.
I realize that incidents like this don't only with women in the public eye - men are just as prone to making "rookie mistakes" like Fiorina did. What bothers me about her statement is that she attacked Barbara Boxer's appearance - not her politics, not her stance on the issues, but the way she looks. Is that really necessary? Of course not. It's rude, small-minded and immature.
Like I said, men are just as capable of this kind of behavior as women are, but I would love to see women in politics raising the bar when it comes to personal attacks. I didn't like Fiorina before and I really don't like her now. There's no reason to be rude to your competition, no matter what business you're in. It's unprofessional.