Sandra Fluke ‘Strongly Considering’ Run for Henry Waxman’s Seat

The lawyer Rush Limbaugh once called a ‘slut’ is reportedly mulling a congressional campaign.

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.
National Journal
Marina Koren
Add to Briefcase
Marina Koren
Jan. 30, 2014, 11:27 a.m.

When Henry Wax­man was elec­ted to the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives, he was 35 years old. Now, at 74, the con­gress­man says he’s ready to pass the torch.

“After 40 years in Con­gress, it’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark, ideally someone who is young enough to make the long-term com­mit­ment that’s re­quired for real le­gis­lat­ive suc­cess,” he said in a state­ment an­noun­cing his re­tire­ment Thursday.

Just a few hours after news of Wax­man’s de­par­ture broke, a po­ten­tial (and young) can­did­ate has spoken up: Sandra Fluke.

“I’m flattered that I’m be­ing dis­cussed as a po­ten­tial can­did­ate,” Fluke, 32, told KP­CC, a Cali­for­nia ra­dio sta­tion. “A num­ber of folks I re­spect very deeply have reached out today and en­cour­aged me to run. I am strongly con­sid­er­ing run­ning.”

Her name should ring a bell. Two years ago, in Feb­ru­ary, Fluke was barred from testi­fy­ing at a House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee hear­ing about con­tra­cep­tion. Chair­man Dar­rell Issa said that be­cause Fluke was not a mem­ber of the clergy, she could not ap­pear on the ul­ti­mately all-male pan­el, which was sup­posed to dis­cuss con­tra­cep­tion in re­la­tion to re­li­gious free­dom.

So House Demo­crats con­vened an un­of­fi­cial hear­ing them­selves. Fluke, then a third-year law stu­dent at Geor­getown, spoke in sup­port of the Af­ford­able Care Act’s re­quire­ment that in­sur­ance com­pan­ies cov­er con­tra­cept­ives like birth con­trol.

A few days later, con­ser­vat­ive ra­dio host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” on his show.

“What does it say about the col­lege co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes be­fore a con­gres­sion­al com­mit­tee and es­sen­tially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right?” Limbaugh said. “It makes her a pros­ti­tute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s hav­ing so much sex she can’t af­ford the con­tra­cep­tion. She wants you and me and the tax­pay­ers to pay her to have sex.”

In March, a spokes­man for House Speak­er John Boehner, un­der pres­sure from Demo­crat­ic law­makers and con­sid­er­able pub­lic out­cry, said Limbaugh’s com­ments were “in­ap­pro­pri­ate.” Limbaugh even­tu­ally apo­lo­gized for his “word choices.”

Fluke has plenty of time to think about a run, and she’s not the only one. Steve Lopez at the Los Angeles Times sus­pects that Zev Yaroslavsky, a long­time Wax­man polit­ic­al ally who sits on the Los Angeles County Board of Su­per­visors, will soon be vy­ing for Wax­man’s open seat. Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl, who are run­ning to re­place Yaroslavsky on the board, could jump in­to the race, too.

What We're Following See More »
WITH LIVE BLOGGING
Trump Deposition Video Is Online
9 hours ago
STAFF PICKS

The video of Donald Trump's deposition in his case against restaurateur Jeffrey Zakarian is now live. Slate's Jim Newell and Josh Voorhees are live-blogging it while they watch.

Source:
SOUND LEVEL AFFECTED
Debate Commission Admits Issues with Trump’s Mic
10 hours ago
THE LATEST

The Commission on Presidential Debates put out a statement today that gives credence to Donald Trump's claims that he had a bad microphone on Monday night. "Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," read the statement in its entirety.

Source:
TRUMP VS. CHEFS
Trump Deposition Video to Be Released
11 hours ago
THE LATEST

"A video of Donald Trump testifying under oath about his provocative rhetoric about Mexicans and other Latinos is set to go public" as soon as today. "Trump gave the testimony in June at a law office in Washington in connection with one of two lawsuits he filed last year after prominent chefs reacted to the controversy over his remarks by pulling out of plans to open restaurants at his new D.C. hotel. D.C. Superior Court Judge Brian Holeman said in an order issued Thursday evening that fears the testimony might show up in campaign commercials were no basis to keep the public from seeing the video."

Source:
A CANDIDATE TO BE ‘PROUD’ OF
Chicago Tribune Endorses Gary Johnson
14 hours ago
THE LATEST

No matter that his recall of foreign leaders leaves something to be desired, Gary Johnson is the choice of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board. The editors argue that Donald Trump couldn't do the job of president, while hitting Hillary Clinton for "her intent to greatly increase federal spending and taxation, and serious questions about honesty and trust." Which leaves them with Johnson. "Every American who casts a vote for him is standing for principles," they write, "and can be proud of that vote. Yes, proud of a candidate in 2016."

NEVER TRUMP
USA Today Weighs in on Presidential Race for First Time Ever
1 days ago
THE DETAILS

"By all means vote, just not for Donald Trump." That's the message from USA Today editors, who are making the first recommendation on a presidential race in the paper's 34-year history. It's not exactly an endorsement; they make clear that the editorial board "does not have a consensus for a Clinton endorsement." But they state flatly that Donald Trump is, by "unanimous consensus of the editorial board, unfit for the presidency."

Source:
×