Michelle Kwan stars in political ad for husband Clay Pell

Former Olympic figure skating star Michelle Kwan is taking a turn as political surrogate.

Kwan's husband, Democrat Clay Pell, is running for governor of Rhode Island. In a new campaign ad, Kwan pitches his credentials on women's issues.

"Clay is committed to a woman's equality agenda that strengthens protection in areas like pay equity, sexual harassment and domestic violence," she says in the 30-second ad.

Pell is the grandson of late senator Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.) and a former National Security Council aideHe's competing for the Democratic nomination against Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, two rising political stars.

The primary is Sept. 9.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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