During her skating career that included five world championships and two Olympic medals, Michelle Kwan starred in commercials to pitch sponsors such as Chevrolet and Campbell's Soup. Now Kwan is back on TV, but this time she is touting a candidate rather than a company.
Her husband, Clay Pell, is running in Rhode Island's Democratic gubernatorial primary, and Kwan is, among other issues, trying to boost his standing with women voters.
"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 at the beginning of the spot.
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The primary election is Sept. 9. Pell, 32, was considered a long shot because he is a newcomer, and a WPRI poll in May had him running a distant third to Providence mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
But WPRI reported this week that Pell's campaign is getting traction as he "continues to benefit from voters' affection toward his late grandfather, U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, and his famous wife, Michelle Kwan."
Claiborne Pell is perhaps best known for the Pell Grant, a significant source of financial aid to college students. Here are Clay and Michelle, with Claiborne's widow, Nuala Pell: