Sandra Fluke in 2012: ‘We need young women in office’

Sandra Fluke, the women’s rights activist who became a face of the so-called “war on women” during the 2012 election, is trying to channel the political capital she earned then into her first bid for elective office.

Post Politics reported that Fluke is seeking the California Democratic party’s endorsement for the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).  That’s not the same as officially joining the race, but it wouldn’t surprise those who have followed her closely if she did. As 2012 unfolded. Fluke turned her activism on contraceptive issues, and the scorn it provoked from Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing critics, into a prominent role in the national political conversation and a speaking slot at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

We dug up this PostTV video from the 2012 convention. Fluke, in an interview with The Post’s Ed O’Keefe, left the door open for a future run.

“We’ll see what comes. It’s something I might think about, maybe someday,” Fluke said. “Mostly because I think we really need more women in office, and we need young women in office. A lot of people have been asking me if I’m going to do that, and women have been asking me that. I just want to turn back to them and say, ‘Are you going to do that?’”

At least a handful of women and men are going to “do that” in the same race Fluke is considering entering.  The Fix has a full list of the potential candidates who want to replace Waxman here.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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