Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Political Spin

Seeing how its election time..instead of shady no hopers who consider wearing a religious (and totally climate unsuitable head covering) consitutes Political Spin rather than simply sleazy, the Stump would like to introduce this piece of SPIN at its best

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that 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.

Harry Reid is the Democratic Leader of the US Senate

Harry Reid

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.

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!


schmerly said...

Bloody amazing!! but I had to laugh.

GJ said...

Ahhhh When only the best will do!!

pj said...

Its a funny story. If only this were true. There is the exact same story about one of Al Gore ancestors, as well as well as a couple other no names. Try looking up Gunther Gore, Remus Stevens, and Robert Dion.

Daresay that true spin is not too different though. Sometimes it not what you say but how you say it!