This may not be your ordinary catfight between two women, let alone politicians: Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, and Meg Whitman, the former head of eBay—and now the California Republican Party’s nominees for governor and senator, respectively—are said to have a history of friction. Fiorina and Whitman, high-powered women who are both used to being in charge, appear almost twin-like, just a couple of Silicon Valley professionals. The truth, however, is much more complex. After the Los Angeles Times interviewed 24 officials, political operatives, and others who have worked with the women, many said the rumors of the tendentious relationship are true. Spokespeople for Fiorina and Whitman beg to differ. “Those are spun-up stories that have to be considered ridiculous,” said Whitman’s spokesman. The two started working together during John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.