The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

Sandra Fluke files in California for congressional bid

Alex Wong/GETTY IMAGES - Sandra Fluke, who was then a third-year law student at Georgetown University and former president of the Students for Reproductive Justice group, testifies in 2012.
Placeholder while article actions load

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.

Update 9:41 a.m.: An adviser says Fluke had to file for the state party's endorsement because of a looming deadline and that she's keeping her options open. "It is not the same as her announcing her candidacy," the adviser said.

The state party begins its endorsement process on Sunday afternoon at its local pre-endorsement conference, with the process culminating at the state party convention next month.

Other candidates for the seat are former Los Angeles mayoral finalist Wendy Greuel (D) and state Sen. Ted Lieu (D), the other two candidates who have also filed and paid the fee, but the field is expected to be very crowded for a seat Waxman has monopolized for decades.

Fluke presents something of an x-factor. She's not as well-known locally as Greuel and Lieu, but has a national profile thanks to her advocacy on contraception coverage under Obamacare, which in 2012 led conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh to call her a "slut" and later apologize.

Fluke told the Post's Ed O'Keefe at the 2012 Democratic National Convention that her party needed "more young women in office."

Updated 12:10 p.m. Wednesday: Fluke has reversed course, opting to run for state Senate instead.

Updated at 12:41 p.m.