Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina became the fourth Republican candidate to announce a bid for president on Monday, joining the ranks of Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and, now, Ben Carson.
She already has one thing in common with fellow candidate Cruz, which is that she failed to secure a key domain for her campaign. If you go to carlyfiorina.org, you’ll see the following message, followed by 30,000 sad face emoticons.
Fiorina served as the head of HP for six years before being forced out of the company. Under her direction, the company laid off thousands of people, a fact this website memorializes with an endless scroll of sad faces. “That's 30,000 people she laid off,” it says. “People with families. And what does she say she would have done differently?”
According to a who.is search, the person who registered the domain did so under an anonymous name in December, when Fiorina was already making frequent visits to key election states, prompting speculation of a potential run.
The situation is similar to what happened with Cruz earlier in the race, as tedcruz.com is still being used by a lawyer who goes by the same name and showcases pro-Obama messages on the site. Fiorina did secure carlyfiorina.com, which redirects to her official campaign site, carlyforpresident.com.
The oversight is interesting in light of how Fiorina appears to be positioning herself as a tech-savvy candidate. In her official campaign website, she touts her experience of being a woman who started as a secretary and worked to become “Chief Executive of one of the largest technology companies in the world.” She also announced her candidacy on Twitter and invited supporters to join her on Twitter’s livestreaming platform Periscope later today.