Sandra Fluke Considers Running for Congress, But Could She Win?

California Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman has barely announced his retirement, but already the pundits are off to the races trying to decide who is the most likely to declare for his seat. A most surprising name have been bandied about, however.

Sandra Fluke.

“I’m flattered that I’m being discussed as a potential candidate,” she told a local radio station. “A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run. I am strongly considering running.”

Fluke, a lawyer and now women’s rights activist, doesn’t have the elected experience that some of the other names that are being discussed hold. What she does have, however, is a crash course on how to deal with right wing attacks and smears, which seems to be far more necessary in today’s campaigns, especially for female candidates.

Fluke was piled on by conservative politicians, activists and pundits as the face of all that is wrong with liberal women for having the audacity to speak out in favor of the contraception mandate and to suggest that women shouldn’t have to go broke buying birth control. The speech put conservative blowhards like Rush Limbaugh into rage overdrive.

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right?” opined Limbaugh. “It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.” Ann Coulter called her a “hysterical drama queen,” and one Montana state representative even referred to her as a “studding bulldog.”

As offensive and toxic the debate surrounding her statements became, Fluke never pulled out of the limelight. She spoke at the 2012 Democratic convention. She campaigned across the country on behalf of President Obama. Even now, she does public events, speaking to advocates and urging activists to move beyond the abortion and birth control debate and further embrace the full spectrum of reproductive rights, including trans health initiatives and infertility issues, too.

“This doesn’t mean turning away from the fights we’ve historically fought, but it means making sure we are moving to these new frontiers,” Fluke urged at a California Women’s Policy Summit earlier this month.

Supporters are already getting into the game, jumping on Twitter to urge her to declare under the #runsandrarun tag. “First time I heard @SandraFluke speak.. I knew that @rushlimbaugh had created a monster for justice,” tweeted one supporter. ”Call me a dreamer but I would love #SandraFluke in the Congress. Dreams come true, @SenWarren was elected and is kicking a**” said another.

Even without the right wing ire, it would be a hard race. It will be a hard hitting primary battle, with numerous Democrats vying for a seat that will be open for the first time in decades in a very safe Democratic district. It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come often and the potential for a win to turn into a lifetime in the seat is very real. Expect anyone who vies for the nomination to make their campaign an aggressive one.

Then again, Fluke has already shown she doesn’t wither under scrutiny or criticism, be they valid attacks or not. Plus a high profile race may just tempt Republicans to pay attention to a seat they otherwise may not have noticed, just for the sake of running their anti-Fluke talking points through the talk show circuit. And any attention that race garners means resources the GOP can’t spend somewhere else.

Will Fluke run? It’s still too soon to tell. But it would be quite a race to watch.

Photo credit: Sandra Fluke facebook page


Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Joan E.
Joan E4 years ago

News today -- Sandra Fluke isn't running for Waxman's seat after all. She's running for Ted Lieu's seat in the California State Legislature. Ted Lieu is running for Waxman's seat.

Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm4 years ago

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAH yes Deborah paline and Micelle prove that every single day. Thank you for validating what I have been saying for years.

Steven G.
Steven G4 years ago

I'll vote for a 9/11 truther, one that will attack the status quo. That is the type of person who I feel would truly represent the people.

Ron G.
Ron G4 years ago

Deborah W., it seems you don't like Fluke and your opinion counts, but why? What specifically has she done in your opinion to warrant the "braindead" opinion? What makes her a "joke" that she has offended you or others in your opinion? Do you feel she is untruthful or misrepresenting women in some way I don't understand? Do you feel the attacks on her character are deserved and why? I now know she has filed for the Waxman seat as of today. Do you think that was what she wanted all along, and how is that different from other politicians? Just would like to know more than just name calling. Thanks.

Elizabeth F.
Elizabeth F4 years ago


Deborah W.
Deborah W4 years ago

Was a joke then, is a joke now. So, sure she'll go for it. Braindead still has a huge following.

Janis K.
Janis K4 years ago

I hope she runs, she'd have my support. Thanks for sharing.

Ron G.
Ron G4 years ago

Question also. She first came to notoriety by being not allowed to testify before CONGRESSIONAL Committee on women's issues, by an all male panel. She was then publicly demeaned before I, or most people knew who she was or what she was about. She was given voice by the Democrats after being snubbed by the GOP, and demeaned on the media for her personal preferences rather than her qualifications. She was "bullied" by out front TV and Radio people with the ability to ruin her character without rebuttal, and Why? I feel she handled it better than most people, let alone male politicians. When she spoke publicly, it was on women's issues and by invite to the Democratic Convention which gave her what Congress took away, Freedom of Speech. She didn't attck those that attacked her character, but rather spoke to the issues they attempted to use to demean her. Even those Religious Bigots must admit that Jesus Christ acknowledged Mary Magdalen despite her reputation. That speaks more to me about the Congress we have and the people who use religion opposite of what they preach it is. That argument for another time. Fluke demonstrated dignity and integrity on top of intelligence and those are traits I would vote for.

Dianne T.
Dianne T4 years ago

No she should not but I don't expect that to stop her. Just another inexperienced and pushy individual trying to cash in on her 5 minutes of fame.