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Getting to Know Chelsea’s Fiancé

Chelsea Clinton recently announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky. The news inspired an avalanche of Web searches on Ms. Clinton, but those were small potatoes compared to the number of lookups on her betrothed.

Almost immediately, lookups on “marc mezvinsky photos” and “marc mezvinsky job” surged into the thousands. Searchers quickly discovered that Mezvinsky is an investment banker at a Manhattan hedge fund, and he comes from a family with strong political ties.

While the Mezvinksys aren’t as powerful as the Clintons, they are arguably just as controversial. Marc’s father, Edward Mezvinsky, served as a congressman from Iowa for two terms in the ’70s. Later he was famously sentenced to prison for around seven years. According to blog from ABC News, Ed Mezvinsky was found guilty of fraud “after getting caught up in a series of Nigerian email scams.” Yup, those email scams.

Mr. Mezvinsky didn’t actually conduct the scams, but he did attempt to scam others in order to raise money to contribute to the “get rich quick” scheme. Again, according to ABC, Mezvinsky’s mother-in-law was a victim, as were some of his closest friends. After serving several years in prison, the former representative is now a free man.

Marc’s mother, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, is also no stranger to the public eye. She herself served as a Pennsylvania congresswoman from 1993-1995. Apparently, her political future took a turn for the worse when she voted to support President Clinton’s budget “after months of publicly voicing her opposition to the bill because it did not contain enough spending cuts.” According to official site from house.gov, Ms. Margolies-Mezvinsky also worked as a television reporter in the 1970s.

The wedding, according to an email Chelsea Clinton sent to friends, is likely to be this coming summer. With four parents who all served in government, expect the toasts to run long.

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