Our nation is struggling with the worst economy of our lifetime. Across the state, some 2.3 million Californians are out of work, and Fresno County’s unemployment rate was a staggering 18.2 percent in January.

Given these difficult times, it’s critically important that our representatives in Washington fight for our state by championing fiscally responsible legislation that promotes economic growth, creates jobs and pays down our debt.

Carly Fiorina is a true fiscal conservative who understands that Californians are very concerned about the state of our economy. She has the real-world experience and grit to stand up and fight for us. I know Carly will be a staunch advocate for the people of California in Washington, and that’s why I am so pleased to endorse her candidacy for U.S. Senate.

For the last 18 years, California has been represented by a U.S. senator who devotes herself to special interest politics and far-left ideological causes. Instead of focusing on the horrific toll of job losses on the working people and businesses in California, she dawdles as our agricultural heartland thirsts for water that is essential to sustain our way of life and protect food security for our nation. While California bleeds economically, Barbara Boxer embraces an agenda centered on “cap-and-trade” and government takeover of health care. She is more concerned that people address her with a title she feels she deserves than worrying about how hardworking taxpayers can care for their families.

It’s time we replace Barbara Boxer with a senator who has actually lived in the real world, who has a proven track record of leadership, and who will make the tough decisions necessary to get our fiscal house back in order. I believe Carly Fiorina is the best candidate for that job.

Carly is a political outsider who has witnessed firsthand the job-creating potential of small businesses. She knows that tremendous economic growth can happen when these entrepreneurs have the freedom to flourish and succeed. At the same time, she has seen the overwhelming pressure on businesses to leave the state because of burdensome government regulations. She has created jobs, made payrolls and met budgets. Carly knows what it takes to grow the economy.

Carly has also demonstrated her unwavering commitment to getting our ballooning federal spending under control. Carly has signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising that she will never vote to raise taxes on our state. Carly has been clear about her commitment to rooting out the bloat and waste in our federal budget – just as families across California have had to do with their own budgets over the last year.

This November, we have a critical opportunity to send Barbara Boxer home and replace her with a fiscal conservative who shares our values and priorities. Carly Fiorina is the only candidate in this race who can beat Barbara Boxer, and she will be my choice in both June and November.