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Chelsea Clinton’s Potential Father In Law

By now you have probably heard the rumors from our ever-watchful media masters that the lovely Chelsea Clinton is slated to be marrying her longtime fiancé, Marc Mezvinsky, in the upcoming days on Martha’s Vineyard.

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Chelsea Clinton ‘to marry at Martha’s Vineyard’

22 Aug 2009

Speculation is rife in the US that Miss Clinton, 29, and her investment banker fiancee Marc Mezvinsky, 31, are to marry at a service on the exclusive east coast island that will coincide with the arrival of US President Barack Obama and his family for their summer vacation.

The daughter of the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and the former US president, Bill Clinton, is said to be planning the wedding on the estate owned by the actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, near where the Obamas are staying. Oprah Winfrey as well as other former US presidents are also rumoured to be among the wedding guests.    

Mrs Clinton and US state department officials have denied the rumours but the Washington Post said that all involved had been ordered to keep quiet about the details of the wedding, which could be held as early as Sunday..

[T]here are also reports that caterers and Mrs Clinton’s hairdresser have been engaged to visit the island.

Mr and Mrs Clinton left Bermuda on Thursday, where they had begun a holiday…

But weirdly, few if any of the reports have noted what to our mind is an interesting sideline to this romance.

And that is, that Mr. Mezvinksy’s illustrious pere, Edward Mezvinksy, has a definite weakness for money-making scams.

And not just any scams, but those originating from Nigeria.

As we previously noted, back in December 2006, when we posted this article from ABC News:

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."

Who knows? Maybe this is why Hillary has spent so much time in Nigeria recently.

The sidebar from the Telegraph piece also seems a bit ominous: "Hurricane Bill threatens Obama’s vacation.”

Ah, well. L’amour, l’amour.

If the wedding bells do ring, we certainly wish the happy couple all the best.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Chelsea Clinton’s Potential Father In Law”

  1. pinandpuller says:

    If I were attending my gifts for the couple would be the following:

    Lamps, ashtrays, Scotchguard and a Dr Laura book. I’m sentimental.

  2. ptat says:

    “Hurricane Bill threatens Obamas vacation”–that’s hilarious!

  3. dragon says:

    Among the gifts there should also be quite a few “W” computer keyboard keys…

  4. rocketman says:

    FTA:…are to marry at a service on the exclusive east coast island that will coincide with the arrival of US President Barack Obama and his family for their summer vacation.

    LOL. Leave to HillBilly to upstage the WON.

  5. countrysquire says:

    “Ed Mezvinsky, a former Iowa Congressman…”

    Gee, I guess we’ll never know what party he belonged to…

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    All that’s left is for someone to pardon the unknown ( ) affiliated criminal congressman. Then you will truly have a who’s who at Marthas’ Mafia shindig. Don’t forget to add the “Won” and his slugs also!!

    As for a wedding gift………….one get out of jail free card.

  7. She’s 29? For some reason I thought she was older…

    • Liberals Demise says:

      At least she is somewhat better looking than Amy Carter. There was a time where there was a tie.

  8. proreason says:

    She’s marrying a man? From another crime family?

    Aren’t family traiditions wonderful?

  9. catie says:

    I hope they do upstage the messiah and thunder thigh’s vacation. I’m sure they’ll be invited though, kind of hard to have a wedding and not invite the boss.
    Well, I always felt sorry for Chelsea the way they made her walk across the lawn with Bill after his little tete te with that girl in the blue dress. I hope she will be happy. I would send some Waterford set of 4 dessert plates which is the gift I generally give.

  10. MinnesotaRush says:

    Boy, oh boy! Birds of a feather, huh.

    A gift? How about a couple of cases of Mark Levin’s book, “Liberty and Tryanny”, to pass out to the guests?

  11. VMAN says:

    I know that this in probably very trivial but I have to say something. The line “Oprah Winfrey as well as other former US presidents are also rumoured to be among the wedding guests.” just jumped right out and hit me in the face. Could someone please tell me when Oprah Winfrey was POTUS? And this is from a British newspaper? I thought they had a better grasp of grammar than we in the USA.

  12. U NO HOO says:

    Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky cast the deciding vote for Clinton’s tax increase.

    That’s all.

  13. U NO HOO says:

    “investment banker fiancee Marc Mezvinsky”

    Bernie Madoff comes to mind.

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