First off, who is Sandra Fluke? Fluke is a 33-year-old American attorney at law and women’s rights activist. The Pennsylvania native first caught the public’s eye when Republican congressmen blocked her from testifying to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee back in February of 2012. Fluke was attempting to explain to the committee the importance of requiring insurance plans to cover birth control under the Affordable Care Act. She only got the chance to speak to the House Democrats.
In her testimony, Fluke talked about her experience at Georgetown Law School, where the Catholic university refused to pay for birth control as part of the student health plan.
She said the lack of access to contraception caused both her and other female students to suffer “financial, emotional and medical burdens”.
Some people became aware of Sandra Fluke when Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” on his show while speculating on her sex life. Limbaugh later apologized.
Sandra Fluke is now jumping into the California Democratic race for Rep. Henry Waxman’s soon-to-be vacated Congressional seat.
On Jan. 30, the 74-year-old Waxman announced that he would not seek reelection after serving in the House of Representatives since 1975. His districts encompass Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
Other contenders for Waxman’s seat include Wendy Greuel (D), who ran for Los Angeles mayor, and state Sen. Ted Lieu (D).The list of candidates seeking to replace Waxman is very long, even spiritual guru and best-selling author Marianne Williamson is running.
Though Fluke has yet to officially announced her candidacy, she did file for the state party’s endorsement, which means she is officially in the race.
On Sunday afternoon, the state party will begin its endorsement process which will wrap up at the state party convention next month.
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