Update: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Sandra Fluke has changed her mind and decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate.
Sandra Fluke has made it official: she has filed to run for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) after 40 years. The birth control advocate who shook up the 2012 presidential campaign does not live in the 33rd district, but is eligible to run for the seat. She will be facing off against local Democratic stalwart Wendy Greuel, who narrowly missed winning the Los Angeles mayor’s race last year, among others.
Fluke stirred controversy by fighting to force Georgetown Law School to offer free contraception as part of its insurance coverage for students and faculty, despite the institution’s Catholic principles. She was scheduled to be a witness called by Democrats at a congressional hearing in 2012, but was blocked by Republicans. When conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut”–a remark for which he later apologized–a star was born.
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The 32-year-old lawyer had said earlier in January that she was “strongly considering” making a bid for Waxman’s seat, adding she was “flattered” that she was being discussed as a potential candidate.
Fluke gained national attention for her testimony before Congress in 2012, when she advocated for health insurers to pay for contraception as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Congress was reviewing the conscience clause, that provided an exemption to religious institutions who object to providing contraception and abortion inducing drugs under their healthcare plans.