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March 31, 2017

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I'm shocked. Shocked! Frank Reagan is a known con artist. I know for a fact, relatively speaking, that for a long time he lived in Hawaii under the name "Magnus" or "Maginty" or something. He was often seen driving a red Ferrari or Ford or similar, though it was widely suspected he did not, himself, own the vehicle. And the women who fell for his line! He was a serial (rights) philanderer, obviously using the car as a lure not unlike Phyllis Diedrichson's ankle bracelet in Double Indemnity, since it's clear--just take a gander at his picture--he was no looker. I can't believe New Yorkers could be so naive as to fall for this impostor! We're not New Jerseyians, whose governor is rumored to be undergoing transgender surgery soon in order to run again as a woman, Bridget Gates.

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