Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Carly Fiorina: “My Husband and I Buried a Child to Drug Addiction” (VIDEO)


This moment was something special to me and, I think, to millions of American mothers especially: Carly’s confession that she and her husband buried a child to drug addiction.  I, too, have watched a close friend bury a child lost to drug addiction.  And, as Fiorina noted, so have millions of other parents.

This was moving in itself, but it was also a striking example of something that Carly has that Hillary just doesn’t: the capacity to project strength without appearing at all ungendered or manly.  To be a woman, with a woman’s feelings, and yet project both strength and authority, as mothers so often have to do.

She also pointed out that heroin addiction, a truly deadly epidemic, is sweeping New Hampshire and many other communities. Heroin deaths outnumber traffic fatalities in New Hampshire, according to the Union-Leader.  Prescription oxycontin has proved a gateway drug for Mexican drug dealers pushing the cheaper heroin substitutes, as Rod Dreher has pointed out.

She was eloquent and brave, moving and strong:

FIORINA: I very much hope I am the only person on this stage who can say this, but I know there are millions of Americans out there who will say the same thing.

My husband Frank and I buried a child to drug addiction. So, we must invest more in the treatment of drugs.

I agree with Senator Paul. I agree with states’ rights. But we are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having a beer. It’s not.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.