Carly Fiorina is inept at slinging mud too

In responding to the biting criticisms by Yale University academic Jeffrey Sonnenfeld of her tenure as CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina’s campaign hit back at him by charging that Sonnenfeld was fired from Emory University for vandalizing school property, though why that invalidated his criticisms was not made clear.

But it looks like Fiorina messed that up too. As Josh Barro writes:

Mr. Sonnenfeld, it is true, was forced to resign from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in 1997. That firing led to years of litigation and then settlements with both Emory and the Georgia Institute of Technology, which had revoked its offer to hire Mr. Sonnenfeld as a result of the Emory firing. But Emory withdrew its vandalism allegations 15 years ago.

In a 2000 statement announcing the settlement of Mr. Sonnenfeld’s wrongful termination lawsuit, Emory withdrew “all accusations that Professor Sonnenfeld committed vandalism or intentional property damage.” Mr. Sonnenfeld said he was unable to comment on the terms, but The Wall Street Journal reported in 2000 that he was “believed to have won a multimillion dollar settlement” from the university. A spokeswoman for Emory declined to comment beyond the 2000 statement, calling it a personnel matter.

In addition to the Emory litigation, Mr. Sonnenfeld said in an email that he received a seven-figure settlement from Georgia Tech, which is consistent with budget documents from that university showing a $1.2 million line item for “Sonnenfeld Settlement” in fiscal year 2009.

Sonnenfeld is now firing back at Fiorina and warning her to not persist with what he considers to be defamatory accusations.

In an interview Tuesday, Mr. Sonnenfeld characterized Ms. Flores’s statement about vandalism as “defamation,” though he noted it was possible that Mrs. Fiorina and her staff did not know the allegations against him had been withdrawn. He said he would send the campaign a cease-and-desist letter.

“If it persists after I get a letter out tonight, then I guess I’ve got to go ahead and file suit,” he added.

Fiorina seems to be quite a nasty piece of work. In the Republican primaries, that is probably seen as a plus.


  1. Reginald Selkirk says

    Ironically, Fiorina has validated Sonnenfeld’s foruth criticism of her:

    4. She is intolerant of dissent and resorts to personal attacks. Rather than address the points made by her critics—she elects to attack their character with false information, shifting the spotlight away from her. ..

  2. Reginald Selkirk says

    Ms. Flores defended the campaign’s accusation in an email.
    “After more than a decade of attacking Carly’s character and misrepresenting her career, he didn’t think we would respond?” she wrote. “I guess he’s not ready for the arena after all.”

    Sonnenfeld is not running for president.

  3. Numenaster says

    A response to Ms Flores: Why didn’t Carly didn’t respond in the first decade? Was she not ready for the arena then?

  4. says

    Carly Fiorina’s campaign hit back at him

    A manager as bad as she is, will have trouble getting good campaign/pr people; she’s probably surrounded with flunkies she can dominate instead of someone who can tell her “no, don’t go there…” So in that sense, she’s Trump-like.

  5. Nick Gotts says

    Fiorina seems to be quite a nasty piece of work. In the Republican primaries, that is probably seen as a plus.

    She currently running third after Trump and Carson,according to RealClearPolitics. The field’s beginning to spread out, which makes Trump look quite a bit less dominant, although his support has not dropped much.

  6. StevoR says

    Argh Typos. Sigh.

    I do have more faith in the American people than to think Trump could ever be POTUS or even Republican nominee for it. I mean, Trump!

    Of course not too many of the other Repub alternatives look that much better, and he has been leading the polls and I was wrong about his campaign being anything but a joke before and can’t believe how long and how far he’s been leading in the polls so far but still. Come on!

    Note here the 2016 presidential election is still a year and a half or so away.

    Sticking with my earlier prediction of an eventual Hillary Clinton Vs Jeb! Bush! contest -- but must admit less confident of that than I once was.

  7. says

    @7 My current prediction for Republican nominee is Marco Rubio. Trump is starting to fall and I suspect that to continue. Carson and Fiorina will be too toxic by February. Bush is too establishment for the Tea Party. Rubio has been rising and I don’t see him as having near the toxicity of Carson and Fiorina.

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