Sandra Fluke, the controversial birth control advocate who became an icon of women’s rights during the 2012 presidential election, has pulled out of the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman in California’s 33rd congressional district. The Los Angeles Times reports that Fluke will be running for the state Senate instead, adopting the district being vacated by Democrat Ted Lieu, who joins others in the race for the 33rd district.
“My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” the 32-year-old Fluke said in a statement pregnant with irony: she only recently graduated from law school and passed the state bar. TheTimes says that Fluke “has been active in Democratic circles and has spent time working on issues related to the foster-care system and a living wage.”
Fluke would likely have courted the women’s vote in the district–which includes Malibu, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills–splitting it with Los Angeles mayoral runner-up Wendy Greuel and spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson. Her decision to abort her congressional campaign at a very early stage may have avoided much of the national political controversy that a later decision to terminate the effort would likely have triggered.
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