Carolyn Maloney and Bill Clinton, Friends

Bill Clinton helped Carolyn Maloney get over her N-word incident by helping her raise money last night,  but he carefully avoided endorsing her in her prospective Senate primary bid against Kirsten Gillibrand.

That wasn't surprising to several bundlers I spoke to who are loyal to the Clintons (and who now contribute to Gillibrand). One such bundler said people close to the former president had made assurances that the fund-raiser for Maloney meant nothing politically.

When I sat down with Maloney for a profile last week, she suggested it was significant, even if it didn't constitute an actual endorsement.

"It's very important," she said. "I can't tell you how many people tell me ‘bring back the Clinton years, bring back the Clinton economy.' He is very respected and wise. It's going to certainly help me raise money."

When I asked her if the fund-raiser connoted any political support in her Senate bid, she smiled and said, "It just shows we're friends."

I also asked Maloney during the interview why she thought former Hillary confidantes and advisers Karen Persichilli Keogh and Ann Lewis were now in Gillibrand's camp.

"They're all paid!  They're all paid!" she said.