Tea Leaves: Sandra Fluke Running For Congress?

Posted: Feb 04, 2014 10:00 AM

After all, if she wasn’t, why bother vying for the California state Democratic Party's nomination in the first place? Hmm. (See update here*)

The Washington Post reports:

Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke appears to be moving forward with a run for Congress.

Fluke has filed with the California state Democratic Party to seek its endorsement in the race for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-Calif.) seat, according to the state party Web site.

A state party delegate confirmed to Post Politics that Fluke has filed and paid the fee to appear on the ballot this weekend.

Fluke hasn't officially announced her campaign or filed with the Federal Election Commission, and she didn't immediately return a request for comment. But filing for the state party's endorsement means she's now officially part of the process.

As the article notes, the field is projected to be jam packed with candidates seeking to replace retiring, longtime Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). Indeed, two other Democratic candidates have already filed the necessary paperwork to earn their state party’s endorsement, and will appear on the ballot as well, the Post reports. Fluke, however, unlike her opponents, has national name recognition: she received a direct call from the president of the United States after Rush Limbaugh called her misogynistic names, and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Again, while she hasn’t officially announced if she’s running or not, my hunch is if and when she does, the seat is hers if she can win the Democratic primary. But beating the more well-known, local candidates is a tall task easier said than done.

Editor's note: This post has been updated.

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