Sandra Fluke ‘Strongly Considering’ Running For Congress

Waxman’s retirement creates opportunity for the women’s rights activist.

Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. 
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Jan. 30, 2014, 11:42 a.m.

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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