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.
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Elahe Izad
Feb. 4, 2014, 3:17 a.m.

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.