Following up on this post, I have learned that one day after the California state GOP convention closed, Republican Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina showed up in Fresno in order to campaign with and among ranchers, and to inspect fields. Obviously, this raises a question as to why Fiorina could campaign in Fresno, yet blow off the state GOP, claiming to have been too sick to attend.
More on this issue from the Fresno Bee:
Fiorina’s likely opponent for the Republican nomination — if she runs — questioned her reason for not attending the convention, where the moderate Republican likely would have faced an unfriendly conservative crowd.
“I find it curious that her campaign said she was unable to make the convention for health reasons, and yet, … she was engaged in what appears to be a pretty standard, strenuous campaign day yesterday — the day after the convention,” said Assembly Member Chuck DeVore of Irvine.
The reaction from the Fiorina people, as reported in the Bee, is as follows:
Fiorina didn’t avoid the Republican convention, and she came to the Fresno area on Monday for one reason: because she could.
“She has daily radiation treatments,” [Fiorina spokeswoman Beth] Miller said. “She did not go to the convention because she had to be in Palo Alto for treatment every day — Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
But when Fiorina can, Miller said, she has been taking day trips, where she is meeting with donors and policy people, and learning about the issues.
I e-mailed Ms. Miller to ask her for a reaction. I anticipate that it will be the same one that she gave the Bee, but if she wishes to elaborate on it, it will be included either as an update to this post, or as a separate post.