Ed Mezvinsky, Father of the Groom

Ed Mezvinsky, Father of the Groom

A forwarded email attributed to Cincinnati news reporter John Popovich claims that Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton's new husband, is the son of Edward Mezvinsky, a former Iowa Congressman who was convicted and sent to prison in the early 2000s for fraud. The forwarded email is correct.

Description: Viral text
Circulating since: August 2010
Status: True (details below)


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

Subject: Birds of a feather
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.


True. On July 31, 2010, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former president and first lady Bill and Hillary Clinton, was married to Marc Mezvinsky, the son of a former Democratic Congressman, in a Rhinebeck, New York ceremony the press described as "lavish."

The father of the groom, Edward "Ed" Mezvinsky, who served four years in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977, indeed went on to serve five years in a federal penitentiary after being convicted of fraud in 2002.

According to prosecutors, Mezvinsky crimes included repeatedly defrauding others "by misusing attorney escrow accounts held in his name, engaging in schemes involving worthless checks deposited at banks, creating forged bank statements, using false financial statements, tax returns and accountant's letters, and giving false testimony under oath." U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell ordered him to pay nearly $10 million in restitution to the victims of his scams.

The former Congressman was contrite in an interview with the New York Post that took place in July 2010 just before the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding. "I'm remorseful for what happened," he said. "It was a terrible time, and I was punished for that. And I respect that and accept responsibility for what happened, and now I'm trying to move on and am grateful I have the opportunity for that."

For purposes of verification, I attempted to contact former Cincinnati newsman John Popovich, to whom the above text is attributed. I received no reply.

Update: Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky became parents with the birth of their first child, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, on September 26, 2014.

Sources and Further Reading

Chelsea Clinton Marries Marc Mezvinsky
People, 31 July 2010

Chelsea Clinton's 'Father in Law' Lives Down Criminal Past
New York Post, 29 July 2010

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

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

Mezvinsky Gets 6 Years for Fraud
Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 January 2003

Last updated 06/22/15