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Chelsea Engaged (To Son Of An Ex-Con)

From ABC News:

Chelsea Clinton Engaged

By Jake Tapper

November 30, 2009

ABC News has learned that Chelsea Clinton is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, a spokesman for former President Clinton confirmed to ABC News.

Clinton, 29, is the only child of the former president and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She and Mezvinsky — the son of former Rep. Ed Mezvinsky, D-Iowa, and former Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinksy, D-Penn. — became friends in Washington, DC, and closer friends when they both attended Stanford University.

The two sent out an email the morning of Friday November 27 saying: "We’re sorry for the mass email but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn’t get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us. Happy Holidays! Chelsea & Marc."

Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna said the couple became engaged before Thanksgiving. He noted that clearly all previous reporting by media outlets about Chelsea having been married over the Summer was obvioiusly incorrect.

Watch this space for more.

Our old friend Mr. Tapper has left out a little of the colorful history of former Rep. Ed Mezvinsky, D-Iowa. He has a terrible weakness for Nigerian get rich quick scams.

As we previously noted back in December 2006, ABC News reported:

Father of Chelsea’s Boyfriend in Prison for Fraud, Scams

December 08, 2006

Brian Ross and Joseph Rhee Report:

If reports are true that Chelsea Clinton and her boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky are considering marriage, the father of the groom won’t be able to attend the wedding until he is released from prison in November 2008.

Ed Mezvinsky, a former Iowa Congressman, is serving a seven-year sentence for fraud after getting caught up in a series of Nigerian e-mail scams.

Initially, Mezvinsky became the victim of "just about every different kind of African-based scam we’ve ever seen," federal prosecutor Bob Zauzmer told 20/20 for a report to be broadcast this evening.

But then, says Zauzmer, Mezvinsky began to steal from clients and even his own mother-in-law to raise the money to try yet another scheme.

"He was always looking for the home run. He was always trying to find the business deal that would make him as wealthy as all the people in his social circle," said Zauzmer.

After leaving Congress, Mezvinsky moved to Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs with his wife Marjorie Margolies, a former television reporter, who won a seat in Congress herself.

"They were seen as people of means; they were a legitimate power couple," said Gar Joseph, a political columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.

The Mezvinkskys were also close to Bill and Hillary Clinton and were frequent guests at White House state dinners.

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky used his connections to the Clintons and his son’s social relationship with Chelsea to persuade people to give him money to participate in the scams.

Mezvinsky traveled to Nigeria numerous times and ultimately lost more than $3 million as a victim of the scammers.

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky fell particularly hard for what is known as the "black money" scam. Victims are told millions of dollars have been coated with black ink so the money could be smuggled out of Nigeria.

The scammers then offer to sell a special, expensive chemical to remove the black ink so the currency can be used.

Prosecutors say Mezvinsky fell for at least three separate "black money" schemes that he thought would bring him millions.

Mezvinsky declined requests sent to him in prison to speak with ABC News and also instructed his lawyer not to speak with ABC News. His wife, Marjorie Margolies, declined to comment "in the interest of the children."

But something tells us his genes will fit right in with the Clinton family.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Chelsea Engaged (To Son Of An Ex-Con)”

  1. untrainable says:

    I’ll make this brief. Who Cares?

  2. wardmama4 says:

    I can’t imagine wanting to have Slick Willie and the Hildabeast as in-laws (or neighbors or friends or even in the same time zone).

    • Liberals Demise says:

      When the daddy criminal gets out of Club Fed, I’m sure Bill will want to have a “key” party to celebrate the new inlaws into the family. (Tee Hee)

  3. proreason says:

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  4. Georgfelis says:

    Grats Chelsea! Good to hear you found somebody you can spend significant time with, and my hope goes out to you that you and your husband-to-be find great happiness in this world. Away from politics. You showed good judgement in withholding this news until your father-in-law was released from prison, we look forward to the wedding pictures, and wish you all the best.

    And I thought my family reunions were tense…

  5. U NO HOO says:

    The kid’s mother was the over the top vote for Clinton’s massive tax increase.

  6. oldswimcoach says:

    But he’s engaged to the daughter of a felon. Perhaps he has the better pedigree!

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