Hillary Clinton Expected to Campaign for Chelsea’s Mother-in-Law, Marjorie Margolies

May 5, 2014 7:31pm

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It’s a family affair for the Clintons.

Just one month after Bill Clinton hit the trail for Chelsea’s mother-in-law and grandmother to-be, Marjorie Margolies, Hillary Clinton is expected to join the campaign for a May 15 event, ABC News has learned.

This event, first reported by Politico, will mark the first time Hillary Clinton will campaign for a 2014 race. Clinton’s lack of involvement in the Margolies campaign had prompted “awkward speculation in Philadelphia that Mrs. Clinton does not want to be burdened by Ms. Margolies’s baggage in a state that could be pivotal to her chances in the 2016 presidential campaign, should she decide to run,” according to the New York Times.

Chelsea Clinton, who is married to Margolies’ son Marc Mezvinsky, is prohibited from campaign appearances due to her affiliation with NBC News.

Margolies is running to re-take her seat in Pennsylvania’s 13th district in a competitive four-way race.

With just two weeks until the May 20 Democratic primary, the former congresswoman faces a crowded primary field in a race could set the tone for the Democrats in 2016.

In addition to three strong challengers, the Margolies campaign has struggled with maintaining cash-on-hand, despite relatively strong fundraising numbers. Opponent Daylin Leach filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission for “illegally [using] general election campaign funds for the majority of the last reporting quarter.” A March report asserted that Margolies “doubled her own salary as head of a small, largely taxpayer-funded charity [Women's Campaign International] into the six figures” as her now-ex-husband Ed Mezvinsky was facing charges of fraud, allegations the Margolies campaign labeled as “slander.”

Bill Clinton appeared at an April campaign event for Margolies, with tickets starting at $1,000.

“I want to get one thing out of the way,” Clinton joked at the fundraiser. “I would be here if her son was not my son-in law.”

“If you send Marjorie to Congress, she’ll make you proud, she’ll vote right, she’ll take initiatives, she’ll do things that stand up when she needs to stand up and that cooperate when we need cooperation,” Clinton said.

ABC News’ Liz Kreutz contributed to this report. 

 

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