Sandra Fluke asks for California Democratic Party endorsement

Sandra Fluke asks for California Democratic Party endorsement
Paul Courson/CNN
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 2:22pm

(CNN) -- Sandra Fluke has asked the San Fernando Valley Democratic Party for their endorsement in the race for an open 2014 congressional seat, but a spokeswoman for the women's rights activist says Fluke is still on the fence about a bid.

"It is not the same as filing to run or declaring that she is running," said Abigail Gardner, Fluke's spokeswoman, in an email. "It was something she felt she had to do on Friday to keep her options open due to CA Dem Party deadlines."

Gardner defended the move, telling CNN that "if you look at the website and the list of names who have filed for that potential endorsement, there are a lot of names and not everyone has declared or even decided if they will seek the seat."

Fluke, who is vying to represent the wealthy district that covers part of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, filed for the endorsement on Friday. Party leaders will meet this weekend in Los Angeles to vote on who the party should endorse in the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman, a 40-year veteran of Congress who announced last week he was retiring.

Shortly after the Waxman announcement, Fluke said in a statement she is "strongly considering running" and will be making her decision "soon."

According to Gardner, Fluke's thinking has not changed since last week and she is still considering the bid.

Fluke rose to political prominence after Rush Limbaugh called the then-Georgetown law student a "slut" and "prostitute" in 2012 for urging a Democratic congressional panel for more coverage of contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law.

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. It also catapulted Fluke to a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, where she stressed equal pay for women and contraceptive coverage.

The race for the reliably Democratic seat has already drawn a lot of attention from area Democrats. Five other congressional hopefuls have filed for the Democratic Party's endorsement, including former mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel and state Sen. Ted Lieu.

The Washington Post first reported that Fluke was requesting the endorsement.


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