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SandraFluke.JPGDemocrat Sandra Fluke is keeping her options open for a congressional run.

The women's rights advocate has filed the necessary paperwork with the state party to receive its endorsement for the 33rd district coming vacant with the retirement of Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of Beverly Hills.

Fluke's filing was made public online by the California Democratic Party this week. Pre-endorsement conferences are set to begin on Saturday.

Abigail Gardner, a spokeswoman for Fluke, said Tuesday the purpose of the filing was to meet internal party deadlines to be considered for an endorsement if she were to run for the seat.

"That was a procedural thing she needed to do to keep her options open, but it is certainly not indicative that a final decision has been made," Gardner told The Bee.

Fluke is a former law student at Georgetown University whose congressional testimony advocating for birth control coverage drew the scorn of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. He apologized for his harsh phrasing. Fluke has campaigned for Democrats and appeared at various women's rights events, including a policy summit last month in Sacramento.

Former Los Angeles City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel and state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, announced their candidacies following Waxman's announcement and were joined by Barbara Mulvaney, a former attorney for the United International Tribunal for Rwanda.

The list of possible entries, led by Los Angles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, is long and could change the dynamic of the field.

PHOTO: Activist Sandra Fluke campaigns for Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, then a candidate for Congress. The news conference on women's health issues was held in October 2012. The Sacramento Bee/Lezlie Sterling



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