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Sandra Fluke in CNY

Sandra Fluke, the woman who gained national attention after being called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh, was in Central New York on Sunday to campaign for Congressional candidate Dan Maffei.
SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - Sandra Fluke, the woman who gained national attention after being called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh, was in Central New York on Sunday to campaign for Congressional candidate Dan Maffei.

Back in February, Fluke testified in front of Congressional Democrats, looking to grow support for policies that would require employers to cover contraceptives.

During a radio broadcast that soon followed, Limbaugh said “She must be paid to have sex. What does that make her? It makes her a slut right? It makes her a prostitute.”

“I always tried to look at that situation as being not really about me personally, but about an attack on all women who speak out for their own healthcare,” said Fluke.

Limbaugh later apologized for his choice of words.

Since then, Fluke has used her newfound popularity to continue the healthcare conversation.

She told NewsChannel 9, “I don't try to look at it as personally between him and I. I'm just focused on what I can do to make sure that we're moving forward on the issues that women in this country care about and the social justice issues that I care deeply about.”

On Sunday, Fluke campaigned for Congressional Democrat Dan Maffei.

“To make sure we all understand how dangerous it is to have folks like Representative Buerkle drawing distinctions between which types of victims should have access to the healthcare that they need and so I'm glad that's a conversation that we're having,” said Fluke.

“I'm very honored to have Sandra Fluke here because she is an advocate basically for women's healthcare and to make sure that women have the freedom to make their own reproductive decisions and I think that's a very, very important thing,” said Maffei.

Fluke has been using her fame to campaign on behalf of Democratic candidates across the country. On Monday, Fluke will speak at Cornell University, where she got her undergraduate degree.

Maffei’s opponent, incumbent Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle, would not respond directly to Maffei or Sandra Fluke’s comments on Sunday.

Her staff did send NewsChannel 9 a written statement, which pointed out that Maffei did not attend her town hall meeting last Thursday, where he would have had the chance to “understand what issues women in Upstate New York are concerned about.”

The statement went on to say: "They are concerned about jobs and the economy, the price of food and gasoline. With healthcare premiums rising and companies laying off workers in response to the healthcare law, they are concerned about having health insurance and being able to make the health care decisions for their families. Maffei's preoccupation with this single issue is
demeaning to all women and shows just how out of touch with Upstate New York he truly is."

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