Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bill Clinton to headline Phila. fundraiser for Margolies

Former President Bill Clinton will appear at a Philadelphia fundraiser for congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies, who provided a crucial vote for the administration in 1993 when she was in Congress the first time.

Bill Clinton to headline Phila. fundraiser for Margolies

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be the special guest at a fundraiser for Marjorie Margolies. (left: Getty images, right: ap images)
Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be the special guest at a fundraiser for Marjorie Margolies. (left: Getty images, right: ap images)

The Big Dog did not forget his debt to Marjorie Margolies.

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to be the special guest at an April fundraiser for Margolies’ effort to reclaim the U.S. House seat she lost two decades ago after providing the decisive vote to pass Clinton’s budget.

The event is to be hosted by Darren Check, a prominent Radnor lawyer. Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro (D), who endorsed Margolies on Sunday, is also scheduled to attend.

It is scheduled for April 10 at noon, at the Prime Rib restaurant in the Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust St. in Philadelphia. Tickets are $5,000 and $1,000, according to people with knowledge of the event who are not affiliated with the Margolies campaign.

In the summer of 1993, Margolies cast the decisive vote for Clinton’s economic policy, which included unpopular tax increases. Voters in the 13th District  turned her out of office during the Republican surge of 1994.

Her backers have portrayed her as a profile in political courage, and the vote was a lifeline for a Clinton presidency that was reeling from defeat to defeat in its early days. The economic policy is credited with setting the stage for the economic expansion of the later 1990s and an eventual federal budget surplus.

State Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, a favorite of the party’s liberal wing, and state Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast Philadelphia – as well as Montgomery County physician Val Arkoosh , an activist who helped lead the national fight for Obamacare - are running for the Democratic nomination in the 13th District, which contains parts of the county and the city.

After two decennial bouts of redistricting, the once swing-y 13th is now decisively Democratic in orientation.

 Margolies, whose son Mark Mezvinsky is married to Chelsea Clinton, touts her powerful national connections as a potential asset for the district. She had $173,866 cash on hand as of Dec. 31, according to federal campaign-finance reports.

Arkoosh, the consistent fundraising leader, had $643,932, the reports showed. Leach had $481,197 and Boyle had $381,102.

Inquirer Politics Writer
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