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Sandra Fluke May Run for Waxman's House Seat

Says she's 'strongly considering' bid for Congress
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2014 5:13 PM CST

(Newser) – One favorite of the left may be replaced by another: Sandra Fluke says she is "strongly considering" a run for the House seat being vacated by Henry Waxman, reports Politico. "I'm flattered that I'm being discussed as a potential candidate," said Fluke, who praised Waxman's "incredible legacy." Fluke, of course, hit the national stage in 2012 when Republicans wouldn't let her testify at a hearing on contraception coverage under ObamaCare. Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" and a "prostitute" because of her desire for birth control.

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Fluke, who has since graduated from Georgetown law school, then became a fixture on the campaign trail for President Obama and spoke at the party's national convention. But her victory in a primary would be no slam dunk in the mostly Democratic California district, notes the Hill. Other notables likely in the mix include Santa Monica Mayor Willie Brien, who happens to be the grandson of former Supreme Court Chief Justice (and California governor) Earl Warren.

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