Women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke is “strongly considering” running for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) seat, National Journal Hotline has confirmed.
“I’m flattered that I’m being discussed as a potential candidate, especially for Rep. Waxman’s seat, considering his incredible legacy,” Fluke said Thursday. “A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run. I am strongly considering running. I’ll be making my decision soon.”
KPCC, a southern California NPR affiliate station, first reported Fluke was interested in running for the state’s 33rd congressional district seat.
Fluke rose to national prominence in February 2012 after she was not allowed to testify before a congressional committee on birth control policies. She eventually spoke before a Democratic House panel, prompting conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh to call her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Democrats quickly rallied around Fluke, and she went on to campaign for Obama and speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Waxman announced Thursday he would not seek re-election this fall after serving in Congress for 20 terms.
His district, which covers parts of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, is solidly Democratic: President Obama carried it with 61% of the vote in the 2012 election.
But Waxman, due to California’s ‘jungle primary’ system and a well-funded opponent, experienced the closest race of his congressional career in 2012, defeating independent Bill Bloomfield 54 percent to 46 percent in the general election.
California’s 2014 statewide primaries will take place June 3.