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Sandra Fluke Edges Toward Running for Congress

The women's-rights activist has taken a first step toward trying to replace Rep. Henry Waxman.

Sandra Fluke, here a third-year law student at Georgetown University, testifies during a hearing before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in February 2012.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

photo of Elahe Izadi
February 4, 2014

Sandra Fluke has moved from "strongly considering" a congressional run to wanting the backing of California Democrats to fill Rep. Henry Waxman's seat in California.

Fluke has filed with the California Democratic Party, which was first flagged by The Washington Post. That pits her against former Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel and state Sen. Ted Lieu for the party's pick. Democrats in the state begin their endorsement process next week. 

You may remember Fluke from a couple of years ago, when she was barred from testifying at a House Oversight Committee hearing on contraception, which led to Rush Limbaugh calling her a "slut" on air. (He eventually apologized.) But that catapulted her to fame and an invitation to speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

 

Waxman, a 20-term House Democrat, will be retiring at the end of the year. 

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