When I announced I was running for the California State Senate, I did an interview with the Washington Post. They asked me:

Any fear about being branded as a kind of one hit wonder– forever known as the woman Rush Limbaugh called a “slut” because of your support for mandating insurance companies provide coverage for contraceptives?

It is a variation on a question I’ve been asked many times the past two years. What I always say, and what I told the Washington Post was:

Unfortunately, everybody gets defined by other people. The trick is to define yourself.

I define myself by the issues that I care about and the work that I do to champion those issues.


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