Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke has decided not to run for Congress after all, and is instead planning to run for the California state Senate.
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Fluke won't seek retiring Rep. Henry Waxman's Southern California congressional seat, but will instead run to replace state Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for Waxman's seat.
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Sandra Fluke, waves at a campaign in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. (AP)
“I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke told the Times Tuesday night. “I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, working to protect our environment, ensure our access to health care, and create the jobs that are desperately needed. While I strongly considered offering my candidacy for Congress, I feel there is a better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community.”
Fluke shot to prominence in 2012 after radio host Rush Limbaugh derided her on the air after she spoke out in favor of women's contraception coverage under Obamacare. She graduated from Georgetown Law School and is now a "social justice advocate" in the Los Angeles area, according to her LinkedIn page.
“I believe that the families and communities of this district -- from West Hollywood to West L.A. and from Santa Monica to Torrance and beyond -- deserve to have a fresh perspective from a new generation of progressive leadership in Sacramento, and I am eager to get to work fighting for the causes that matter most to our future as a community, state and nation," Fluke told the Times.