Sandra Fluke speaks during the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 5, 2012, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

Sandra Fluke Marches Closer to Congressional Campaign

Fluke completes preliminary steps to run for Waxman’s seat. 

Sandra Fluke speaks during the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 5, 2012, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

Sandra Fluke gained notoriety in 2012 when House Republicans refused to let her testify at a hearing on the Affordable Care Act.

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Democratic activist Sandra Fluke is marching closer to a congressional campaign, having filed with the California Democratic Party for an endorsement to run for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

According to the California Democratic Party’s website and a report from The Washington Post, the 32-year-old Fluke has completed the endorsement form and paid the fee, which is a first step for California politicians wishing to enter the congressional race. However, Fluke has not filed with the Federal Election Commission and has only expressed interest in the seat. She has not publicly declared she is running.

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Fluke emerged on the national stage in 2012, when House Republicans refused to let her testify at a hearing on the Affordable Care Act. Outraged, Fluke gave her testimony on the importance of providing birth control to women solely to House Democrats.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh brought attention to the story and called Fluke a “slut.” He later apologized, but Fluke already had become a major figure during President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The campaign promoted her story as evidence of  what they categorized as the Republican Party’s “war on women.”

After speaking at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, Fluke has national name recognition, but the women’s rights activist could face a competitive primary. Already, well-known local figures Wendy Greuel, a Los Angeles councilwoman and mayoral candidate, and Ted Lieu, a state senator, have entered the race.