PA-13: Montco Dems Chair Groen Backs Margolies
In the latest sign that suburban Democratic establishment is coalescing around her, Montgomery County Party Chairman Marcel Groen this week endorsed Marjorie Margolies for Congress in PA-13.
“I first met Marjorie twenty years ago when she was running for Congress. I saw in Marjorie then what I see today: a transformative leader who cares about giving a voice to those who have not traditionally had a seat at the table,” Groen said.
“Marjorie’s successful run for Congress was a watershed moment for the Democratic Party in Montgomery County jump starting our registration efforts, allowing us to win seats at the township level and, ultimately, bring Democratic leadership to the county,” Groen continued.
Margolies held the seat in the early 1990s until she lost her seat after a controversial vote on a President Bill Clinton budget. She’s now fighting to regain the seat after its current occupant, Allyson Schwartz, announced that she is running for Governor.
Thanks in part to Groen’s work and in part to redistricting, the 13th district has changed from a battleground seat to safely Democratic since Margolies served in the 1990s.
The Groen endorsement comes after Democratic Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards supported Margolies last month.
“Marjorie Margolies has a proven track record and a vision for our future,” Richards said. “She is a leader who will fight to sustain our infrastructure and invest in underserved communities. She has the veteran experience to get things done.”
On Monday evening, Groen is hosting a reception to support Marjorie at his home in Jenkintown. Neither of these endorsements are a surprise as their support for Margolies had been rumored for some time.
Margolies faces State Rep. Brendan Boyle (Philadelphia), State Senator Daylin Leach (Montgomery) and physician Valerie Arkoosh for the Democratic nomination.
The last poll in the race was done by the Margolies campaign in August, and showed her in the lead of this wide field. Margolies takes 43%, followed by state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Phila) at 15%, state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco) at 7% and physician Valerie Arkoosh at 2%. 31% were undecided.
Margolies’ last fundraising quarter exceeded her opponents, but so did her spending. The former congresswoman had an 86% burn rate and as of the last quarter, had the least cash on hand in the race.