Republican NY-18 candidate Phil Oliva is jumping on the Hillary Clinton email scandal bandwagon, but with a twist – he’s trying to pull his Democratic opponent, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a former top aide to ex-President Bill Clinton, into the mess.

A TV ad being used by Oliva as a fundraising tool features footage of the congressman with the former First Lady-turned-presidential-contender – including him introducing her at an event as his “friend and personal hero” and proudly announcing that he was at one point a member of “Hillaryland.”

This is juxtaposed with news reports about the scandal that has been dogging Clinton about her use of a private email server in her Westchester County home while she was serving as secretary of state in the Obama administration, and video of Maloney insisting that Clinton is “very trustworthy” and has “high integrity.”

Maloney, who was first elected to represent the Hudson Valley district in 2012, defeating then-incumbent GOP Rep. Nan Hayworth, has long used his experience in the (Bill) Clinton White House as a selling point.

The former president and his wife, now running to replace him in the White House, have made appearances on Maloney’s behalf over the years to assist him with his congressional campaigns.

The tagline: “We know Sean Patrick Maloney idolizes Hillary, but we need a congressman willing to stand up for us: Phil Oliva.”

NY-18 is an evenly divided district that has changed hands between Republicans and Democrats several times over the past few election cycles. Maloney has gone to great lengths to demonstrate his ability to work across the aisle, and routinely touts his support from local Republicans, even though he has never shied away from being a Clinton loyalist.

The race is not considered among the more competitive House contests in New York, and NY-18 is listed as “solid Democratic” by The Cook Political Report. Nevertheless, Oliva, who works for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and is also a former aide to the Assembly minority, is giving this run his all.