Figure skating champion Michelle Kwan appears in a new television ad touting her husband Clay Pell (D) for Rhode Island governor.
"One of the reasons I'm so excited about my husband Clay Pell's candidacy is because Clay is committed to a women's equality agenda that strengthens protection for women in areas like pay equity, sexual harassment and domestic violence," Kwan says in the ad made by D.C. media firm Devine Mulvey Longabaugh.
"Clay knows Rhode Island can be ready for tomorrow by making it one of the best places for women to live and work. Clay believes what I believe -- we need equality for all women," she adds.
Pell, whose grandfather was the late Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.), announced his run in January.
Though the 32-year-old Pell is a relative newcomer in politics, he does have government experience, having worked both on President Barack Obama's national security team as a White House Fellow and later in the Department of Education. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
The latest external poll, conducted in late May by WPRI 12 and the Providence Journal, shows Pell in third place behind Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo ahead of the September 9 Democratic primary.
Whoever wins the primary will challenge either Cranston Mayor Allan Fung (R) or businessman Ken Block (R) in November.