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Fluke greets California Democratic activists

April 13, 2013|By Seema Mehta
  • Sandra Fluke speaks during an appearance on the daytime talk show "The View" last year.
Sandra Fluke speaks during an appearance on the daytime talk show "The… (Lou Rocco / ABC )

SACRAMENTO — Sandra Fluke, the law school graduate who became famous after Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" for demanding that health insurers be required to pay for contraception, made the rounds at the California Democratic Party on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Los Angeles resident spoke to party delegates about federal student-loan reform and the California domestic workers’ bill of rights, which would require overtime pay, meal breaks and other benefits for housekeepers, nannies and caregivers.

“It’s just a great opportunity to talk to committed advocates like myself and think about how we’re going to move California forward,” Fluke said in an interview.

Many have speculated that Fluke will run for office. When asked about her plans, Fluke did not deny the prospect but said it was not her immediate goal.

“Maybe someday that’s something I would consider,” she said. “I am concerned about having more young people in office, more women, more people of color, more LGBT folks. But my energy right now is focused on the legislative priorities I have here in Sacramento and in D.C.,” where she advocates for her pet causes.

Fluke took a star turn in 2012, as a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. She was an avowed supporter of President Obama and campaigned for several congressional candidates in California, including Reps. Ami Bera and Lois Capps.

But the highlight of the year? Passing the bar and being sworn in as an attorney in Los Angeles.

“Other people were excited about other things that happened in 2012. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the big victory,” Fluke said.

Twitter: @LATSeema

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