The “birth control activist” who rose to national prominence when talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” may be on her way to Congress.
Sandra Fluke is now seeking the endorsement of the California Democratic Party as she prepares for a campaign to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman.
A Fluke representative stressed to The Daily Caller that her filing with the Democratic Party in California is a procedural step.
“It does not mean she is definitely running,” the representative wrote in an email. “It was a procedural step she had to take with the state party if she would want to be considered for their endorsement, it is not indicative of a final decision.”
A representative for Fluke says she has not yet made a decision, but the would-be candidate said last week that one would be coming “soon.”
“I’m flattered that I’m being discussed as a potential candidate, especially for Rep. Waxman’s seat, considering his incredible legacy,” Fluke told TIME last week. “A number of folks I respect very deeply have reached out today and encouraged me to run. I am strongly considering running. I’ll be making my decision soon.”
A state party delegate told the Washington Post that Fluke has filed, paid the fee, and will appear on their ballot this weekend. She has not formally announced or filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The Pennsylvania native became a national figure — and a Time magazine candidate for “Person of the Year” — when she testified, as 30 year-old Georgetown Law student, in favor of Obamacare’s contraceptive coverage before a Democratic-controlled committee.
While Limbaugh apologized for his comments, Fluke has built off of her brush with fame, and even spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
* This article has been updated with comment from a Fluke representative