Sandra Fluke, Scaling Things Back, Plans to Run for California State Senate

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Sandra Fluke, the law student Rush Limbaugh infamously attacked because of her stances on birth control, introduces the US President during a campaign event Auraria Event Center in Denver, Colorado, August 8, 2012. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Sandra Fluke has been openly pondering the idea of running for U.S. Congress to replace U.S. Representative Henry Waxman for a week or so now, but on Thursday, she announced she had decided against the idea, in favor of a more modest political goal: She'll run for California's State Senate instead. "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," Fluke told the Los Angeles Times. The Wire makes the case that this decision gives Fluke a clearer path to victory and a deeper political résumé. It also allows her to avoid Washington, D.C.'s weather for another few years.