05/16/2014 02:24 pm ET Updated May 16, 2014

Marjorie Margolies Doesn't Appear At Her Own Fundraiser With Hillary Clinton

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Marjorie Margolies is using former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her son's mother-in-law, to assist her in the quest to reclaim Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District -- but that doesn't mean they'll actually appear together.

Clinton was at a campaign fundraiser for Margolies at the New York home of 2008 Clinton bundler Lynn Forester de Rothschild on Thursday, but Margolies was nowhere to be found.

“She felt it important that she be in the district, and the event with Hillary is going to go on whether she’s there or not,” campaign aide Dylan McGarry told ABC News the day of the event.

The fundraiser has received a lot of attention, mainly because de Rothschild endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential general election and was critical of then-Sen. Barack Obama (D).

Margolies faces state Rep. Brendan Boyle, state Sen. Daylin Leach and physician Valerie Arkoosh in the deep-blue district's heated Democratic primary Tuesday.

Republicans have recently ramped up their criticism of the Clintons, focusing on Hillary Clinton's health status and her role in handling the 2012 terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Margolies held the suburban Philadelphia congressional seat from 1993 to 1995, but was ousted in the midterm elections after voting for President Bill Clinton's budget proposal.



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