The former president is being featured in an ad for Marjorie Margolies
, who is both Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law and Boyle's opponent in the Democratic U.S. House primary here in Pennsylvania's 13 Congressional District.
On Thursday night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton keynoted a fundraiser for Margolies in New York City -- an event that the candidate herself skipped in order to attend a spring dinner for the Montgomery County Democratic Party.
With Tuesday's primary approaching rapidly and after having faced criticism for running a comparatively lackadaisical campaign, Margolies
could not spare an evening outside of the district.
also figured that there was no reason to pretend that members of the well-heeled Manhattan donor set were turning out to see anyone other than Hillary Clinton.
"In speaking to [the Clintons], it was very clear that 'we'll handle this,'" Margolies
said of the event.
Margolies has spent the ensuing years as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and a women's rights activist, in which she has traveled to some of the world's most desolate spots.
It is in that capacity that Margolies
enjoys yet another commonality with Hillary Clinton, whose solo appearance at Thursday night's fundraiser marked the former secretary of state first direct foray into the 2014 midterms.
Despite this late effort, observers of Pennsylvania politics have wondered whether Bill and Hillary Clinton were hesitant to do more for Margolies
has suffered particularly strong criticism.
Earlier this week, state Sen.
Daylin Leach -- another Democratic contender in the 13th District -- filed his
second complaint with the FEC
, alleging that Margolies
had used funds allocated for the general election in her
primary campaign -- allegations that the Margolies campaign denies.
is quick to point out that she
has the endorsements of five of Philadelphia's ward leaders, representing 40 percent of the city's registered Democratic voters.
As the campaign has drawn to a close, Margolies, Leach and Val Arkoosh -- an anesthesiologist and the fourth Democratic candidate in the race -- have all directed the brunt of their attacks against Boyle, challenging his commitment to abortion rights.
answered with a bemused chuckle.
Despite the district's strong affinity for the Clintons, Margolies
said that deciding the extent to which her
campaign would seek to employ them on the stump was a "no-win situation."
Quickly moving to dismiss any implications that may have been perceived from that characterization, Margolies
added that the Clintons "couldn't have been nicer" in each agreeing to host one fundraising event for her
"They did exactly what we asked them to do," she
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