Phila. councilwoman endorses Margolies in Pa.-13 congressional

Marjorie Margolies continues to rack up endorsements in the Democratic primary for the 13th District U.S. House seat, in which she is seeking to make a comeback 20 years after serving in the chamber.

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass backed Margolies Wednesday,  citing her famous, decisive vote to enact President Bill Clinton’s first budget plan in 1993, which included tax increases. Margolies lost her seat in the next fall’s Republican wave, and has since taught at Penn and served as president of Women’s Campaign International, which helps women enter politics in emerging democracies around the world.

“I saw how Marjorie’s one vote created economic opportunities for small business to grow,” said Bass, who was an aide to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah before being elected in 2011. “Marjorie showed us all what a change agent looks like…Washington desperately needs her leadership now more than ever.”

(BTW, the latter phrase was President Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 reelection slogan. Just a little aside.)

Bass also worked as an aide to Allyson Schwartz when she was a state senator in the 1990s and earlier this decade. Schwartz is the incumbent representative in the 13th, and the seat is coming open because she is running for governor and will not seek reelection to the U.S. House.

Margolies has won support from several women elected officials in recent weeks: state Sen. LeAnna Washington, state Rep. Madeleine Dean and state Sen. Shirley Kitchen.

Democrats Valerie Arkoosh, an activist physician who was a leading campaigner for President Obama; state Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Brendan Boyle are seeking their party’s nomination in the heavily Democratic district.