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No matter what side of the AISLE you’re on, THIS is FUNNY and VERY telling!

Judy Wallman, a professional

genealogy researcher in southern Cali- fornia , 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 ob-

tained during her research is this inscrip- tion: ‘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 Congress-

man 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! That’s real POLITICAL SPIN !

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