Washington (CNN) – Sandra Fluke, the women’s rights activist who rose to stardom during the debate over Obamacare’s contraception coverage, tells CNN she is “strongly considering” running for Congress now that Rep. Henry Waxman is retiring from his California House seat.
“I’m flattered that I’m being discussed as a potential candidate, especially for Rep. Waxman's seat, considering his incredible legacy,” Fluke, 32, said in a statement. “A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run.”
She added, “I am strongly considering running. I’ll be making my decision soon.”
Fluke’s announcement comes just hours after Waxman, a Democrat who has served in Congress for 40 years, decided he would not run for reelection in November. The congressman said he was retiring because it is “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.”
Fluke was a Georgetown law student in 2012 when Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” and “prostitute” after she urged a Democratic congressional panel for more coverage of contraceptives in Obamacare - President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law. Her testimony came after a Republican panel barred her from testifying on the issue, despite Democrats asking for her inclusion.
The slur set off a firestorm and Fluke was quickly catapulted to stardom. Obama called Fluke to express his support for her, and a flood of advertisers pledged to take their business elsewhere because of Limbaugh’s comments. Two radio stations also dropped the controversial yet powerful conservative radio host.
In response to Limbaugh, Fluke told CNN in 2012 that she felt “initially hurt and then very quickly upset and outraged because somebody is trying to silence you."
The controversy led to Fluke speaking at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, where she stressed equal pay for women and contraceptive coverage.
“I’m honored to be standing at this podium. It easily could have been any one of you,” she said. “I’m here because I spoke out, and this November each of us must do the same.”
Should she choose to run, Fluke would be vying for a reliably blue and wealthy district that covers part of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. The Cook Political Report, a non-partisan political handicapping group, lists the district as “solid Democrat.”
Don't think I can sleep until I hear her decision.
Now now,what do we have here? Look at her acting all high and mighty. Yea she wants a seat in the house. I mean look how hard she fought to get us to pay for birth control. Now she wants tax payers to give her a check every month.
i told you some far worse lefty lunatic would fill waxman's seat!! what do expect from a state that has a governor moonbeam?
Did she ever actually finish school and get a real job after having others pay for her birth control? Is this all the lefties have for candidates? People that have never actually done anything or accomplished anything, other than living off of others peoples money?
@J'Cincinnati'Redd – Now she wants tax payers to give her a check every month.
Why so surprised?? There's 279 Republicans in Congress who've been collecting taxpayer checks for the last 4 yrs that have yet to earn a dime of it...
She'll just prove that democrats can in fact vote for someone less qualified than even Obama himself.
Dose anybody remember how inconsiderate , chauvinistically and arrogantly Darrell Issa treated her during those hearings .
It's so funny now that climate change is effecting the bottom line of some major fortune 500 companies projections , the brain dead do nothing GOP is still in denial .
Can't wait till the GOP has to admit there wrong !
Tom Cruz / Darrell Issa 2016
Why ? Because your so stupid !
Sorry Tom , I ment Ted Cruz .
May she stand as a symbol of women's right to be free from conservative republican oppression. The GOP taliban has accomplished nothing in their endless pursuit to control every woman's body.
She is sure a lot more knowledgeble and articulate than any you idiots. And by the way, we love our moonbeam governor!!
That's great that's all wee need is another Nancy Pelosi.
@J'Cinci, not sure if you are a man or a woman but since Viagra and Cialis and all those testosterone ointments are covered by insurance why can't birth control not be covered?
If you are from the South and sitting in your basement watching faux news you might be receiving more money than anyone from the blue states.
@just saying . . . . .just remember everything good for the country (look what Brown has done there) comes out of CA.