Frank Fiorina Would Make A Protective First Dude

by Alex Gladu

Following last week's debate, Carly Fiorina's bid for the White House has looked brighter and brighter as the latest CNN/ORC poll puts her in second place behind Donald Trump with 15 percent of the vote. That's good news for the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who has struggled to overcome a resume that includes firing 30,000 people. It's also good news for Fiorina's husband Frank Fiorina, who would make a supportive and protective First Gentleman.

Frank and Carly are each others' second marriages — but they'd make a Day 1 power couple in the White House. In the 30 years that they've been married, Frank has supported Carly's #girlboss strength in more ways than one. At age 48, Frank retired from a successful career at AT&T — where he had risen through the ranks in the idyllic "American" sense — in order to devote more time to his family. The Washington Post reported back in May that Frank felt like he would never see his wife at the rate she was succeeding and retired, despite taking a lot of flak from friends and his father-in-law.

In addition to supporting Carly's career, Frank has supported her in ways that husbands never hope to have to experience. He stood by her side as she battled breast cancer in 2009 and underwent a double mastectomy.

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Then, there's Frank's protective side. After retiring from the corporate world, Frank sometimes served as his wife's bodyguard. He even got a concealed carry license so that he could carry a gun while she was CEO of HP. In the application, he stated that he was Carly's driver and that her visible position at the head of a major company could make her a target of violence. Frank's protective instincts also show in the other work that he's done since retiring. He has volunteered as an emergency medical technician and driven a bus for a children's hospital in his free time.

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As a First Gentleman, Frank would likely continue to work in these areas that are important to him — although he might have to let the Secret Service take over his wife's security detail. He also would probably have to let the White House staff take over some of the activities that right now make him seem like such a normal guy. He's a regular at the local Costco in northern Virginia, where he lives with his wife and their two dogs in Mason Neck. In the Washington Post's story, Frank went on a shopping trip to the discount store, where he picked up, among other things, toilet paper, an electric toothbrush for his wife, and Goldfish crackers for his grandchildren.

If Carly continues to succeed in the polls, Frank will be right at home supporting and watching over his wife along the campaign trail. Who knows, he might even still be able to frequent his local Costco in northern Virginia as First Gentleman.