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Forwarded email attributed to a news reporter claims Chelsea Clinton's husband is the son of Ed Mezvinsky, a former Iowa Congressman who was sent to prison for fraud.

Description: Viral text / Forwarded email
Circulating since: Aug. 2010
Status: True (see details below)

Email contributed by James H., Aug. 19, 2010:

Subject: Birds of a feather


It figures ... We tend to marry into families who share like values!

By: John Popovich

Before I came to Cincinnati, I was a news reporter at WOC in Davenport Iowa. I covered a lot of city council and a lot of political stuff. One of the guys I covered was Ed Mezvinsky, who was the Congressman from Iowa's first district.

Seemed like a pretty nice guy, but when he ditched his wife for a New York reporter, the Iowa voters ditched him.

My most vivid memory is that he sat on the House Judiciary Committee that was deciding the fate of President Nixon.

Anyway, years later, "Fast Eddie" got caught with his hand in the till. He cheated investors out of more than $10 million dollars. He went to prison for several years.

This weekend, his son married Chelsea Clinton.

Analysis: True. On July 31, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, was married to Marc Mezvinsky, the son of former Democratic Congressman Ed Mezvinsky.

Edward "Ed" Mezvinsky, who served four years in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977, was convicted of fraud in 2002 and sentenced to seven years in a federal penitentiary, of which he served five.

For verification purposes I attempted to contact reporter John Popovich, to whom the above text is attributed, but received no reply.

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Sources and further reading:

Chelsea Clinton Marries Marc Mezvinsky
People, 31 July 2010

Former Congressman Duped by Nigerian Scams
ABC News, 8 December 2006

Will Father of the Groom Be Welcome Figure at Chelsea Clinton's Wedding?
ABC News, 1 December 2009

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