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PA-13: Bill Clinton To Headline Margolies Fundraiser


In what will likely be a huge blow to her opponents, former President Bill Clinton will headline Democratic candidate for Congress Marjorie Margolies’ upcoming fundraiser.

First reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, The event will take place on April 10 at the Prime Rib restaurant in the Warwick Hotel. If you’d like to be a part of this, get ready to cough up some serious cash. Tickets are reported to be $1,000 and $5,000.

The hosts for the evening are MontCo Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro, who just announced his support for Margolies officially, and Radnor lawyer Darren Check.

One could say this is the former President’s way of paying Margolies back for her vote that helped pass his budget, yet came at the cost of her seat in the 13th District.

Clinton’s Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 was unpopular at the time, as it included several  tax increases. He needed her vote for the legislation to pass in the House, and she obliged. The bill passed by one vote and suddenly Margolies was faced with many unhappy constituents. She lost her seat in the 1994 Republican takeover.

It also doesn’t hurt that Marjorie and the Clintons are related by marriage. Margolies’ son married Chelsea Clinton a few years ago.

One of her opponents in PA-13, physician Val Arkoosh, has attacked Margolies on the basis of her vote in an attempt to change Social Security through raising the age of retirement. Margolies maintains that she believes the age should “stay where it is.”

Aside from Arkoosh, Margolies will also potentially face State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) and State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) for her former seat.

11 Responses

  1. @King of Spades, see also Allison Lundergan Grimes. He takes a peculiar interest in getting involved in campaigns of women who weren’t even old enough to vote for him.

  2. In a perfect world: This headline would read “Clinton endorses kid’s Mom-in-law”, and tomorrows would read “Sen Warren endorses Daylin Leach.” Then we’d see.

  3. When she lost her last seat she slammed the door and tossed out any ongoing constituent work. We paid her and her staff for two months and they did nothing. People would be foolish to let her back in! She wont work for us

  4. Just like with Kathleen Kane, I always have to wonder what kind of “favors” Bill Clinton wants in exchange for his endorsement…

  5. What does she have to offer, except the fact that she’s Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law and she cast a major vote in Congress 21 yeas ago? In all seriousness, I don’t see what she brings to the race.

    (And – not to sound conspiratorial – Clinton’s support for her could have a little something to do with making the point that 70-year-old females are well-suited for public office. Just saying.)

  6. Observer–
    Your claim that Bill Clinton “turns off most Democratic women” is laughable. He’s the most popular person in the Democratic Party right now, with nearly 90% approval rating from Democratic voters. Not to mention Democratic women are excited at the prospect of his wife becoming the first woman president.

    If Marjorie wins the primary, I’m the Republican nominee will bring up Ed Mezvinsky. He or she will still lose by double digits. This district won’t be going Republican any time this century.

  7. This is a wash. Good Old Boy “Philanderin’ Bill” Clinton turns off most Democratic women, so his only value is the cash he brings in. And we are seeing even today that a lot of Clinton fundraising is tainted by criminals flouting the laws. OTOH, it would be a real negative if at least one of the CLintons didn’t campaign for their son’s mother in law, so MMM has to avoid that, at least. But does anybody really think the Republican candidate won’t bring up Ed Mezvinsky in the fall? She is not getting out in front of that issue – at all.

  8. DelcoProgressive-
    I think a large part of Kane’s win against Murphy was due to her having that great footage of Clinton endorsing her in the commercials.

    Assuming Marjorie does the same, it’s got to be a huge boost.

  9. I don’t know if I would characterize it as “a huge blow.” Marjorie is a family member, after all. I would be shocked if the Clinton weren’t supporting her.

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