Woman Who Can't Afford Her Own Birth Control Switches to Run for California State Senate

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown grad best known for telling America that she can't afford her own birth control, spent $1,740 on the filing fee to run for Congress. Now Fluke says she isn't running for Congress. Instead, she is running for state Senate.

Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate.

“I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke said late Tuesday night. “I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, working to protect our environment, ensure our access to health care, and create the jobs that are desperately needed. While I strongly considered offering my candidacy for Congress, I feel there is a better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community."

The fee to run for California Senate: $952.91. Or about 106 months (almost nine years) of birth control at the $9 per month many Walmarts and pharmacies charge for the pill. But Fluke won't have to sacrifice the pill to pay her filing fee, not as long as the Obama administration mandates that the likes of the Little Sisters of the Poor pick up the birth control tab.

Fluke filed then found out that she and another candidate, former city comptroller Wendy Gruel, would end up attracting the same set of voters. Fluke denies that she had any such political calculations in mind, and implausibly claims that she thinks she could accomplish more in the Democrat-dominated California Senate than in Congress.

Reality: A party deal was made by which Fluke gets a lower office in exchange for not getting in a couple other pols' way.