The Buzz: Sandra Fluke switches gears, eyes California state Senate seat

02/06/2014 12:00 AM

02/05/2014 11:07 PM

Sandra Fluke, the women’s rights activist weighing a congressional bid, said Wednesday she will instead run for a Los Angeles-area state Senate seat.

Fluke’s surprise candidacy comes amid persistent calls for more women to challenge for the Legislature. In a statement, the Democrat said she was moved by the outpouring of support since announcing she was considering a run.

“My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke said Wednesday.

The 26th Senate District came open when Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu decided to get in the race to succeed veteran Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman. Fluke is no stranger to the campaign trail having appeared with everyone from President Barack Obama to a handful of California Democrats running for targeted congressional seats.

As a Georgetown University law student, Fluke became a household name after her congressional testimony advocating for birth control coverage inspired a viral rant by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. He later apologized for deriding her as a “slut” and “prostitute.”

– Christopher Cadelago

“Charles T. Munger Jr., PLEASE run for Governor! WE need you!”

Abel Maldonado, former lieutenant governor, urging the wealthy GOP activist to challenge Jerry Brown. He declined.

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