New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney wholeheartedly endorsed a rumored congressional campaign by birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, saying she’d make a “terrific” candidate and urging her to “run, Sandra, run!”
Maloney made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC Friday, after the anchor asked her thoughts on the announced retirement of twenty-term New York Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman. The lawmaker noted that Waxman’s retirement is part of a broader trend in Congress, where many legislators are leaving in frustration over Capitol gridlock.
“There’s a frustration of inability to work together to get things done,” she explained.
But Maloney became excited at the prospect of filling Waxman’s seat with Sandra Fluke, who gained fame in 2012 after she testified on the importance of government-subsidized birth control before Congress. “On Sandra Fluke, I would say ‘Run, Sandra, run!’” she declared. “She’s a terrific candidate, I believe she would win.”
The congresswoman a;s seemed to take a bit of credit for Fluke’s nascent political career.
“I was at that historic hearing when the Republicans would not let her testify and I asked that question, ‘Where are the women?’” she bragged. “It became a battle cry in the last election, and uh– they said she wasn’t qualified to testify on women’s health and reproductive health choices. And I would say any woman is more qualified than the panel of 13 men, or six men, that are there testifying.”
“She really is a statement of involving women at the table in Congress,” Maloney gushed. “I think she would be a great addition to the Democratic team.”
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