A Tale of the Two Mezvinskys

The “wedding of the century,” as some of the press has called the Chelsea Clinton-Marc Mezvinsky event, has finally taken place. Chris Wilson and Jacob Bernstein give an account of it in the Daily Beast. The New York Times reported on the festivities and about sightings of  Vernon Jordan, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and other celebrities. There was a 20 piece orchestra, a huge white gluten-free wedding cake, and Chelsea’s beautiful wedding gown designed by Vera Wang who was also in attendance.  And of course, there was speculation that the event cost anywhere from $900,000.00 to $5 million, an over-the-top cost in these hard times, especially when Jenna Bush’s wedding supposedly cost a rather modest $100,000.00.

The Beast report noted the following: “A few hours after the sun came up, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, mother of the groom, was spotted in the parking lot of the Delamater Inn,” but no mention or photos were released of the groom’s father, Ed Mezvinsky, or of Ed’s brother, Norton Mezvinsky. From the press reports, it was all about the Clintons -- and although Chelsea did marry Marc Mezvinsky, he almost seemed not to have parents or family.

And the above is the subject of this blog. As it turns out, I knew both Ed and Norton. I met Norton when we were both graduate students at the University of Wisconsin.  Norton went on to teach at the City College of New York and then became a  Distinguished Professor at Central Connecticut State College. He became most well know, however, as a very strong opponent of Israel.

As various articles on Dan Pipes’ website have pointed out, Norton Mezvinsky founded a new group, The International Council for Middle East Studies, which Asaf Romirowsky calls a “radical anti-Zionist,” organization which maintains that Israel is responsible for all the problems in the region. Norton endorsed the 1975 UN resolution declaring that Zionism is racism and his strong anti-Israel views are well known in the Jewish community.

Now, writing in the American Thinker, Romirowsky and Winfeld Meyers reveal that Mezvinsky also has close ties to Lyndon LaRouche, the conspiracy minded opponent of the Rockefellers, the Queen of England, and of Israel. According to their research, Mezvinsky brought LaRouche to speak at his college and touted his increasing influence in Washington.

Norton Mezvinsky has acknowledged that he was not invited to the wedding, and is extremely hurt. He told the New York Daily News that a family dispute, and not politics, was the reason he was told that he could not attend his nephew’s wedding.  According to Mezvinsky, he supported his brother Ed’s plan to write a book about  his experiences in prison (more of this in a moment) but that Marc opposed this.

But if one is familiar with the style of LaRouche supporters, they always use their connection to players in government to prove their importance, and it is more than possible that his presence with the Clintons and others could have proved to be embarrassing.  Roger, Bill’s brother, once too was an embarrassment, but I guess he now looks like a straight arrow compared to Norton.