WHEN the reports started flying on Tuesday that Sandra Fluke was filing papers to run for office, but had not decided on her candidacy, it was assumed that Henry Waxman’s seat would be her target. Instead, she will be running for the seat currently held by Ted Lieu, who is making a move on Waxman’s U.S. congressional opening.
Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate.
“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 said late 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 said her decision was primarily based on the opportunity to get more down on the state level than in the U.S. Congress. She might be right about that one.