Carly Fiorina Creative Commons / Gage Skidmore
Carly Fiorina
Carly Fiorina Creative Commons / Gage Skidmore

Carly Fiorina, a former Republican presidential candidate who says she is “horrified” by the party’s front runner, Donald J. Trump, will keynote the Connecticut GOP’s annual fundraiser, the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner.

The dinner is May 24, when the party will have a better idea of whether Ted Cruz, whom Fiorina has endorsed, can keep Trump from a first-ballot victory at the Republican National Convention in July.

Fiorina is a former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard who lost a U.S. Senate race in California in 2010 and was one of the candidates in the large presidential field. The high point in the campaign came last fall, when a strong debate performance produced a spike in the polls. An element of her rise was a conflict with Trump.

“Look at that face!” Trump told Rolling Stone of Fiorina interview last fall. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said,” Fiorina said during a debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Los Angeles.

Fiorina quickly fell to the back of the pack and suspended her campaign in February.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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