It was just days before the 2012 election and Democrat Chris Murphy was locked in an intense battle with Republican Linda McMahon for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
Women were seen as the key to the election and Democrats nationally were accusing their GOP rivals of waging a war on women. To underscore the theme, Murphy brought a young activist named Sandra Fluke to Connecticut. Fluke, a Georgetown law school student, had become famous when congressional Republicans refused to let her testify during a hearing on insurance coverage for contraception. She was called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh.
Flash forward to today: Fluke is now running for state Senate in California and Murphy recently sent a letter to his supporters asking them to contribute to her campaign.
Murphy said it was “a great honor” to have Fluke by his side in 2012 and he is “proud to return the favor” by backing her current run.
“Normally I wouldn’t get involved in a state Senate race all the way on the other side of the country,” Murphy said, “but this one is important.”