After Obama picked up the phone and cleared the field for Kirsten Gillibrand, there’s no other way to interpret this than a direct stab:

Bill Clinton Hosting Event For Maloney

Former President Bill Clinton will headline a July 20 fundraiser for Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who is challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next year’s Democratic primary. Clinton has not made an endorsement in the race, but his attendance could be seen as a snub to White House-backed Gillibrand. Clinton also did a fundraising event for Gillibrand after she was appointed to the Senate seat to fill the vacancy left when Clinton’s wife became secretary of State. Maloney has not formally announced her bid for the Senate seat, but an adviser has said she is running.

So far, neither Maloney nor Gillibrand has said they would vote against any health care bill that does not include a strong public plan–unlike Jerrold Nadler, Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva.

We’ll be watching very closely to see if either Gillibrand or Maloney busts a move and takes "the Pledge."

Gillibrand’s office: (202) 224-4451; Maloney’s office: 202.225.7944