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The Washington Post reports that Sandra Fluke, who was denied the opportunity to testify on the oral contraceptive provision of the ACA before an all-male Capitol Hill committee, may run for the Congressional seat of retiring California representative Henry Waxman.

UPDATE: Sandra Fluke has decided NOT to run for Waxman's seat. She will run instead for a seat in the California State Senate. Here's the quote from this morning's Washington Post story:

Sandra Fluke, the attorney turned activist turned rising progressive star, has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s seat, instead opting to run for a California state Senate seat.
As tmservo433 points out in the comments below, this is a much better idea. Fluke can earn her stripes by serving at the state level, should she win, and from there perhaps can aspire to run for higher office.

The field of candidates who intend to file papers to run Waxman's seat is rapidly becoming crowded, according to The Washington Post, but certainly the candidacy of Ms. Fluke (pronounced "Flook") would make a thrill shoot up practically anyone's leg. This is a Congressional seat we want to keep in Democratic hands anyway, and to have more women in Congress can be nothing but good.

The races for governor in Texas and U.S. senator in Kentucky will add to the interest of this election cycle. Bring it on, women! Or, as the "Republics" would put it, "Bring it on, little ladies!"

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  •  The race is getting hot (3+ / 0-)
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    Penny GC, Diana in NoVa, jbsoul

    Women rule.

    Wendy Greuel who lost the LA mayor race to Garcetti threw her hat in the ring last week.

    I am supporting Marianne Williamson who got in the race 6months, before Waxman retired.  She is not your typical politician and her big cause is to get money out of politics.  A solid progressive running as an independent although she is a life long Democrat.

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    by Shockwave on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 04:39:34 PM PST

  •  Is this the year for "us gals" to win elections? (4+ / 0-)

    Gawd, I'm so glad I didn't come of age in the time when women were commonly referred to as "gals," "dames," or "babes." It's bad enough as it is.

    Anyway, I'm rooting for Wendy Davis in Texas and Alison..um...Alison in Kentucky. Why can't I remember her surname? Must be a senior moment.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 04:47:14 PM PST

  •  Unpopular: I wish she would get a state/local (1+ / 0-)
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    Diana in NoVa

    Election under her belt first.  She has a great background, a solid degree and a high profile.   But she doesn't have any elected experience to anything to take on a big seat.  Others have been in the race for a while with more direct experience.  

    Fluke could make some real noise.. in a few years, and she could make much more immediate impact in the state legislature or city government while she gets there.

    Still, I'm glad to hear of anyone making an effort at an office!

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 04:57:16 PM PST

    •  "Others have been in the race"? (0+ / 0-)

      No one declared prior to Waxman announcing his retirement - and it's only been a few days since then.

      She's an attorney, and a popular one at that. Attorneys can and have ascended all the way to Congress and even the Senate despite no previous experience in government. John Edwards comes to mind. Did you really not know this, or is this another instance of subconscious sexism rising to the surface despite good intentions?

      TX-17 (Bill Flores-R), TX Sen-14 (Kirk Watson-D), TX HD-50 (Celia Israel-D)

      by Le Champignon on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 06:48:21 PM PST

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      •  Quote from the Washington Post article (1+ / 0-)
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        tmservo433

        It states:

        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.

        "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

        by Diana in NoVa on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 06:52:15 PM PST

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      •  Wow.. wait a second (1+ / 0-)
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        No.  Not that at all.   It's an understanding that sometimes the most important work happens in the state houses.  It's a lesson a lot of Dems need to learn, because we keep throwing money and talent at house races when major shifting efforts are happening in the state houses to blunt almost every advantage they get.

        Sexism?  Tsk.  Wendy Greuel already has an inbuilt fundraising network and made it pretty clear on day 1 that she was going to put some money in.

        I'm a big backer of more women in elected roles - in all roles.   I always have been.  But that doesn't mean I want someone to take a stab at a major seat with a lot of money invested when I think she'd be better served going for the state offices first.

        That's not a slap at her sex, someone needs to fill those positions and she can make some noise there.  Ask serious democrats like Wendy Davis, Kathleen Sebelius, or several of the women I'm hoping to get elected next fall in the midwest that I'm slaving over.

        John Edwards had something that Fluke doesn't: significant cash reserves wide on hand in a race that didn't take significant cash reserves.   What Wendy Greuel/etc. have is an established donor network and serious money that give them an advantage.  

        If Fluke can win the primary, she's going to probably win the general.  I'm OK with that.  But I think it would be much better for her career and the career of many democrats if she went to the state house, fought for issues there, and then turned around in a few years and challenged for other races of signficant bearing too.

        Right now, she's working to bank her good will, and a great track record into fundraising dollars.   Twenty years of working campaigns tells me that isn't going to work out the way that she thinks it will.   I wish her well, I just hope she doesn't feel disenchanted if this doesn't break her way and another (D) gets the nomination.

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 09:40:06 PM PST

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  •  You have a good point, tmservo433 (5+ / 0-)

    Yes, she does lack experience, and very likely she will not win unless thousands of contraceptive-crazed females storm the polls and insist on voting for her.

    However, like you, I'm glad to hear she's trying for an "A" from Howard Dean.  Remember how he said, "If you vote, you get a 'C.' If you get out the vote, you get a 'B.' If you run for office, you get an 'A.'"

    Or words to that effect. Heck, it's been 11 years since I was immersed in the Dean thing and I can't quite remember the words.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:03:35 PM PST

  •  This is the right race for her! (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm glad to see the update.   This gives Democrats a shot to elect TWO women in two different spaces.  It gives her a chance to grow as a politician and make a real difference in the state house.

    Give it a few years, and she could put in a real run at any office she wants.   This is a great way to give the right candidates the right resources.

    I also love seeing someone like Greuel win a house seat and Fluke win a state seat?  It's a win-win for democrats who now won't be dividing their resources in a race.   Great for everyone ;)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 10:48:24 AM PST

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