The 2010 midterm elections have already seen the rise of the Tea Party, the defeat of incumbents no one knew were in trouble, and a fresh batch of self-funding candidates — not all of whom got out of their primaries with their prospects still alive — who were willing to trade their fortunes for low-paying, high-flying jobs as elected officials.
But three of those wealthy 2010 candidates are introducing the country to a new archetype in the annals of U.S. politics: the self-made, independent-minded female business executive who has migrated from the highest rung of the corporate ladder to the rough and tumble reality of the campaign trail.
Meg Whitman, Linda McMahon and Carly Fiorina are all CEOs-turned-GOP political hopefuls in 2010. Each has had a high-profile career running a publicly traded company and is now seeking statewide public office. Each also has deep pockets to finance her campaign, zero days in elected office, and an opponent with decades of political experience.
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