Ex-Rep. Margolies Nears Decision on Pennsylvania Comeback

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Newly sworn-in Rep. Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, D-Pa. along with her family, take part in the opening session of the 103rd Congress on Capital Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 1993.

Former Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Marjorie Margolies, who lost her seat in Congress two decades ago after backing a deficit-reduction law, is making preparations for a comeback House campaign as she nears a final decision on the race.

Marjorie 2014” was organized May 3 with the Internal Revenue Service as a 527 group, a political organization named for that section of the tax code.

The purpose of the organization is to “support candidacy of Marjorie Margolies and other legal purposes,” according to the document filed by Ken Smukler, her senior political adviser.

Margolies would file candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission if she decides to run, Smukler told Political Capital today.

“If that decision is to go forward, we will have prepared to launch immediately upon her making that decision,” Smukler said. “So this is all just kind of preparatory for her making a decision, which she has said she will make by the end of the month.”

Smukler has also purchased domain names, including www.marjorie2014.com

In August 1993, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, as she was then known, was a deciding vote for a deficit-reduction plan that included some tax increases and was promoted by President Bill Clinton. Her vote became a defining issue in her bid for a second term in 1994. She lost to Republican Jon Fox.

Margolies’ ties to the Clintons extend to the personal. Her son Marc Mezvinsky is married to Chelsea Clinton, the only child of the 42rd president and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Margolies would seek the open 13th District, which takes in parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, including sections of the district she represented two decades ago. It’s a Democratic bastion, having backed President Barack Obama with 66 percent of the vote in the 2012 election, so the Democratic primary probably will be the decisive election.

Rep. Allyson Schwartz isn’t seeking re-election in the district as she seeks the Democratic nomination for governor.

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