Now this is Political Spin!

It just all depends on how you look at some things…

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in
southern California , was doing some personal work on
her own family tree. She discovered that Congressman
Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged
for horse stealing and train robbery in  Montana
in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this
common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing
on the gallows  in  Montana
territory:

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her
research is this inscription: ‘Remus Reid, horse
thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped
1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by
Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in
1889.’

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for
information about their great-great uncle.
Harry Reid:

Believe it or not, Harry Reid’s staff sent back the
following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

“Remus
Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His
business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable
equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana
railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his
life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his
dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a
vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton
Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an
important civic function held in his honor when the platform
upon which he was standing collapsed..”


NOW THAT’s how it’s
done, Folks!

That’s real POLITICAL SPIN and gets us
exactly where we are today.

Comments 2

  • It just goes to show that there is no truth in language anymore – just in context.
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    “If good government is to be restored all Masons must be purged from public office”. – Rayback

  • That’s not Remus Reid. I’d be willing to bet a rather large sum of money that person didn’t exist. That’s Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum.
    Always pays to check these things out at snopes.com first:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/humor/horsethief.asp

    Note that the exact same story was circulated about Hillary Clinton’s ancestor, Al Gore’s ancestor, and (strangely), Ted Steven’s ancestor. You may want to issue a correction.

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