Sandra Fluke Considers Run for Congress

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Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown University and former president of the Students for Reproductive Justice group there, testifies before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Feb. 23, 2012 in Washington.

Hours after Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) announced on Thursday that he was retiring after four decades on the Hill, Sandra Fluke announced that she is “strongly considering” a run for his seat.

Fluke, 32, made headlines in 2012 when she was denied the opportunity to testify in Congress on Obamacare’s contraception requirements while she was a law student at Georgetown University. Her story gained instant fame when conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Since then, she has become an advocate for women’s health issues and was invited to speak at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

“I’m flattered that I’m being discussed as a potential candidate, especially for Rep. Waxman’s seat, considering his incredible legacy,” Fluke said in a statement emailed to TIME. ” 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.”

If Fluke fully commits, she would face a crowded field of candidates. Marianne Williamson, a best-selling spiritual author, threw her name into the ring back in November, before Waxman announced his retirement. State senators Ted Lieu and Fran Pavley, as well as Assemblyman Richard Bloom, are also considering runs for the seat, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The 33rd congressional district runs from Malibu through Santa Monica down to Long Beach. Fluke, a Pennsylvania native, has only lived in the LA area since completing law school.

Fluke thanked Waxman for his service on her Twitter feed, but did not share her own plans:

Waxman, 74, came to Congress when Gerald Ford was president and has had a hefty legislative career. His work on healthcare and environmental issues led to laws to cut air pollution, expand Medicaid for the poor, reduce smoking, and, most famous in recent years, pass Obama’s Affordable Care Act in the House.

33 comments
therigel
therigel

She is exactly what we don't need in congress;  someone who is unwilling to accept financial responsibility for her own actions. 

roknsteve
roknsteve

Freedom !  Republicans sure hate freedom.  And women.  And poor people.  And minorities.  They hate themselves too.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

What an absolutely silly little article!! 

There is absolutely no way Ms. Fluke will come anywhere near attaining the party nomination, let alone winning a Congressional seat.  She is a one-issue candidate - she wanted us to pay for her contraception, and got nowhere with her platform.  What on Earth would she do in Congress?  Why did TIME Magazine not vet the feasibility of her candidacy before publishing drivel of this sort?

I would expect this kind of a wishful thinking, devoid-of-reality article from a Jr. High student, but not from a once-titanic media outlet like TIME.

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

Fluke probably has already had her 15 in the spotlight. 

On the other hand, voters are clamoring for fresh thinkers. That could be a wind behind her, into office. Hope she has qualifications to bring to the office - a better resume than the sitting President had in 2008. That should be a lesson to smart voters.

karryokie
karryokie

The K-Streetwalker is back.AKA,The Hoya Harlot,the Georgetown Gash.

PeterGelezius
PeterGelezius

Reckon she can keep her legs crossed long enough? No matter we are going to pay her birth control costs

IsabelHervas
IsabelHervas

Sandra Fluke will be a great candidate and a fantastic
Congresswoman, she should be backed by all of us liberals.

IsabelHervas
IsabelHervas

Sandra will be a fantastic candidate, and a new voice for the liberals....She should run and I will back her 100%.

RUN, SANDRA, RUN!!!!!!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Hey she has to be better than the two clowns the Tea Party gave us, one of whom just resigned for coke addiction and one who threatened to throw a reporter from the balcony on national TV.

jmac
jmac

For the Lt Governor's Republican race in Texas (a position much stronger than the Governor of Texas - the four candidates all believe that creationism should be taught in public schools, that Texas needs a new law to override a family's desire to remove life support from a clinically dead woman with a 14 week deformed fetus, and tighten the abortion law to do away allowing rape and incest as a reason for abortions.  


Women are under attack and we need women who aren't afraid to speak up to the Rush Limbaugh's of the world.  And women who speak up for the poor  - because we all know wealthy women have choices.  

jmac
jmac

Why Sullivan doesn't allow comments on his blog:


“OMG, you would rather have had a COMMUNIST MUSLIM in charge of your va*ina? Lady (and I use the term lightly), you ain’t seen NOTHIN’ yet until that muslim YOU put back into office AGAIN completes his task of destroying this nation, the muslims take control and YOU, Ms. Female voter, LOSE all the freedoms you now enjoy, including the female’s right to VOTE! Sheesh, what low-information voters have done to this country…” – a commenter at Breitbart.


Realife - you can do better than LOL.   Give us your best shot!  


reallife
reallife

She's definitely qualified.  LOL


Do members of congress get free contraceptives?


hahahahahaha


And the Democratic Party is still considered a serious party?





ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@roknsteve  You should run for Congress too. Maybe you could a lifetime supply of diaphragms. You look the part.

EukaryoteGrex
EukaryoteGrex

@mrbomb13


She was called to Congress to testify on a single issue.  That doesn't make her a single-issue candidate; that makes her someone you only know about from her stance on the single issue that she was actually testifying on.


Yes, I want to know what she'd do in Congress - while I agree with her on birth control, I'd need to know a lot more about her positions on other issues before I could say whether or not she'd be good in Congress.  The fact that the anti-feminist fringe hates her so rabidly means she's got name recognition and gives a generally positive impression, though.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

What would she do if elected?  What are her policy platforms?  Why is anyone not asking those kinds of serious questions before evaluating her candidacy?

reallife
reallife

@jmac  LOL  getting a little desperate there Baghdad Bob?



reallife
reallife

@jmac  are you insinuating that I wrote that comment?

because if you do that would be a new low, even for you



harte.ryan
harte.ryan

@reallife  I would reckon yes contraceptives are probably covered under their health care plans. And to your second question, considering they still control 2/3rds of our government, yes again.

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

@reallife Let's see, Cornell University Undergrad, Georgetown Law, founder of a non-profit and member of numerous coalitions, all advocating for the rights of domestic violence victims.  Articulate, educated, and principled...no wonder a stooge like yourself wouldn't consider her qualified for public office.

aztecian
aztecian

@mrbomb13 we real need change.  what does it matter?  she has passed the litmus test.  we already know what and who she represents. 

jmac
jmac

@reallife @jmac  I'm fascinated by the comment.   Someone worried that Muslim's will keep women back (and that our president is a Muslim)  when they vote for the religious party (that would be today's GOP)  that wants to keep women back.    Especially poor women.  


The party that is afraid to stand with women because a religious group controls them is, hopefully and forever, a party doomed for failure.  No matter the religion.  

karryokie
karryokie

@HudsonValleyTim @reallife  Most domestic violence occurs as a result of white women committing miscegenation with a ditsoon.However,she will never address that!

EukaryoteGrex
EukaryoteGrex

@ReneDemonteverde @EukaryoteGrex @mrbomb13  No, it's not actually enough.  The majority of the US population are against forced birthing and for gay marriage, yes, but it's quite likely that many of the other candidates are ALSO against forced birthing and in favour of gay marriage.  What differentiates her from the pack?


(Also, I'm a left-liberal, not a Democrat.  I'll vote Dem when they actually run the better candidate, but all too often they field center-authoritarians rather than liberals or leftists.)

jmac
jmac

@reallife @jmac  In November I hope you keep the House and take over the Senate - so Hillary can plague you for four years when she wins in 2016 -  because  no sane  American would want a Republican House, Senate and Presidency.  


LOL

reallife
reallife

@jmac @reallife  definitely already going over the edge, Baghdad Bob...  what are you gonna do in november?


LOL



EukaryoteGrex
EukaryoteGrex

@karryokie @HudsonValleyTim @reallife I hear she's also going to completely ignore the petition to deport all the Reptoids to their home planet and the petition to teach Time Cube in elementary schools.


Personally, I think that a politician who doesn't allow her actions to be guided by insane lies would be a good thing to have in Congress.