Who is this guy?

March 7, 2014

This guy’s name is Ed Mezvinsky. And you shrug your shoulders and say, “So what?” How many Americans remember Ed Mezvinsky and why should we be keeping our eye on him today? But, even when we all do find out who Ed Mezvinsky is, I can say with almost certainty that apathetic people just won’t care.

Ed Mezvinsky

Ed Mezvinsky

Ed Mezvinsky is a former Democratic congressman from Iowa. He served two terms from 1973 until 1977. At one time, he even sat on the House Judiciary Committee that decided Richard Nixon’s fate. He even said that Nixon was a crook and a disgrace to politics and the nation, and that he should be impeached.

However, Mezvinsky began an affair with NBC News reporter Marjorie Sue Margolies which ended his marriage in 1974. He and Margolies married in 1975, but divorced in 2007. In 1993, it was freshman Democratic congresswoman Margolies-Mezvinsky who cast the deciding vote that got Bill Clinton’s controversial tax package through the House of Representatives.

Mezvinsky was friends and politically intertwined with the Clintons for several years. His personal involvement in a number of questionable business transactions found him headed to prison for five years. During the 1990s, he fell prey to a variety of African-based scams, according to a federal prosecutor. To raise the money to invest in these fraudulent schemes, he conned his network of contacts and began trading on the Clinton relationship to convince people to part with their money.

In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 counts of federal criminal bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. He allegedly embezzled more than $10M from people using a Ponzi scheme and the infamous Nigerian email scams. After having been found guilty, he was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison, but was released in 2008 after serving less than five years. Mezvinsky is still on probation and still owes restitution to his victims in the amount of $9.4M.

His son and daughter-in-law are in their early thirties and purchased a New York City apartment for $10.5. How can they afford this, you say? Marc Mezvinsky is married to Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Where do you think they get their money…and do we really want Hillary that close to the White House again?

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