Sandra Fluke will have no cakewalk in her run for political office

Has Henry Waxman joined the much-touted “war on women”? Sandra Fluke is the symbol of that war, establishing the principle that not giving her whatever she wants for her personal life amounts to a war on women.

After rocketing to fame in the wake of her demand for free contraception before a fake congressional hearing (with an assist from Rush Limbaugh), Sandra set her heart on political office, and initially announced her intent to run for the seat in Congress from which Henry Waxman will be retiring at the end of the current term. Evidently, this was not received with enthusiasm, so a day later she set her sights a bit lower:

After considering a run for a Congressional seat in California, women's rights activist Sandra Fluke announced Wednesday she'll run for a state Senate seat instead.

"I feel there is better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community," Fluke said in a statement. "After careful consideration, I am proud to announce my candidacy for the 26th District of the California State Senate."

California State Senate districts are actually larger in population than seats on Congress, but in terms of prestige and salary, they rank lower. I can only assume that her desire to grab a plum liberal safe district that is home to many celebrities and wealthy progressives ran into the ambitions of other California Democrats who had pad much higher dues than she.

But evidently the feathers she may have riffled remain mussed. Rep. Waxman has just endorsed her opponent:

In his bid to represent California's 26th State Senate District, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman, who has served his District for forty years.

“I am endorsing Ben Allen for State Senate because he shares my progressive Democratic values. As our next State Senator, I know we can count on Ben to protect our environment, fully fund our public schools and rebuild our infrastructure," said Congressman Henry Waxman.

“I am so honored to have earned Congressman Henry Waxman's endorsement. Congressman Waxman is a true statesman, a thoughtful and principled policy-maker and a consummate public servant.  He has served my community with distinction for so long, and I’ve looked up to him for such a long time.  Needless to say, this is a proud moment for my campaign," said Ben Allen.

Congressman Henry Waxman currently represents California's 33rd Congressional District, which encompasses the coastal South Bay and a large portion of the Los Angeles Westside.  Indeed, there is an 85% overlap between Congressman Waxman’s district and the 26th Senate District that Allen seeks to represent

In California, the two biggest primary election vote getters fight it out in the general election. This has resulted in two Democrats contending for the state senate seat.

I have to say that two males conspiring against Sandra looks pretty war-on-womenny, at least by the standards Democrats apply to Republicans.  

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