Try as they might, Yankeeland just can’t escape Texans running for president: Cruz, Jeb, Rand. But none of these three have the deep roots Carly boasts, even if she left her hometown of Austin at age two and eventually became a Californian.
Cara Carleton “Carly” Sneed Fiorina is a fifth-generation Texan, with a father who was a teenage cowboy in the Panhandle before he became a distinguished law professor and conservative federal judge, and at least a cousin who was also a judge in the 1860s and a Confederate provost marshal in Austin during the Civil War.
You won’t find that last reference in this revealing portrait of her roots by Austin’s daily, which is much nicer than you might expect from a Democrat newspaper in a Democrat town. I picked up that little detail on my own, when I got to know the Sneed family of the 19th century via their crumbling old home which, in the 1980s, still overlooked I-35 in South Austin. This good article explains.
Carly’s still my favorite of all the candidates. The only one I like as well is Dr. Carson.