By Bob Cusack
After Marjorie Margolies (D-Pa.) cast the deciding vote for President Clinton’s 1993 budget, House Republicans chanted, “Goodbye, Marjorie!”
Sure enough, Margolies lost her 1994 reelection race, along with dozens of other Democrats in the GOP wave that catapulted Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) to Speaker of the House.
The Clintons, like other powerful families, remember their enemies and don’t forget their loyal friends. Margolies falls in the latter category (especially because the former congresswoman is Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law).
Contributors to her war chest include Clinton himself, who listed his occupation as “Retired.” Other Clinton-affiliated donors include Robert Rubin, Harold Ickes, Alice Rivlin, Mack McLarty and Lanny Davis.
Clinton will also speak at an April 10 fundraiser for Margolies.
Former Democratic members also gave to Margolies, including ex-Sens. Kent Conrad (N.D.) and Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), and former Reps. Howard Berman (Calif.), Barbara Kennelly (Conn.), Earl Pomeroy (N.D.), Richard Gephardt (Mo.), Dave McCurdy (Okla.) Cal Dooley (Calif.) and Dale Kildee (Mich.).
Margolies also got some love from Hollywood, receiving a $1,000 donation from Barbra Streisand.
But the donation that means the most to Margolies? Her son’s $5,200 contribution, which is the maximum for the primary and the general election. Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker, tied the knot with Chelsea Clinton in 2010.