[Oklahoma City, OK, September 29, 2015] – Today, GOP Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina will speak to oil industry stakeholders at an invitation-only meeting at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association in Oklahoma City.

Carly Fiorina will, no doubt, continue to reflect on her time as CEO of Hewlett Packard as an example of what makes her the perfect candidate for President. What we have come to learn is that despite her claims, she did not “rescue” a failing company and instead used underhanded employment practices, allowed subsidiary sales with an enemy of the United States to boost their bottom line, and ushered in a merger which resulted in 30,000 layoffs and then shipped tens of thousands of those jobs to China. The hardworking people of HP didn’t see anything close to even one-tenth of what Fiorina ultimately received in her $21 million severance package 3 years later when she was finally ousted for her failed leadership.

Fiorina’s failed leadership at HP should not be allowed to spill over into leadership of the American people, our livelihoods, trade relationships, and the U.S. economy. Oklahomans don’t want or need a President that is willing to ship jobs overseas and not even consider taking responsibility for her own actions.

It seems quite ironic that Fiorina’s visit to Oklahoma comes on the same day as we are seeing up to 1,000 layoffs happen right here in Oklahoma City. We will be interested to hear what Fiorina suggests that OIPA members do to prevent further layoffs like those happening within the energy industry today.