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.
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."