The sweeping negative narrative the authors use to describe our family in “Jon Corzine’s Riskiest Business” [by Bryan Burrough, William D. Cohan, and Bethany McLean, February] completely contradicts our firsthand experience of events and people.
We have never been estranged from our father, nor do we recognize the motives you ascribed to him in politics and business. The father we know ran for public office because of a lifelong desire to give back to society as well as a love of the political process and a passion to be a progressive Democrat. Our family, friends, and former business colleagues hold the same view. Though we disagree with your analysis of him and find your sources, often referred to as close friends, dubious at best, not to mention nameless, we understand judgments about public figures come with the territory.
What does not come with the territory in our minds are reckless allegations and assertions involving private personalities such as the ones you chose to propagate toward our mother, Joanne. Your portrayal of her is the opposite of who we know her to be. The subjective descriptions of her character based on quotes from anonymous “friends” is the elevation of gossip to legitimate reporting. The assertion regarding her becoming “close” to David Tepper is a blatant falsehood. She has never met or spoken to David Tepper. Our mother was an involved member of the Summit, New Jersey, community for almost 30 years and had built lifelong friendships. Our childhood home was not cold but warm and loving. Our mother tried to create as normal a life as possible for us. She taught us, by example, how to live a private and productive life.
Brooklyn, New York
Next, it is turn for the families of the thousands of people whose money was stolen by MF Global (and apparently Fabrice Tourre, since nobody at MF Global was responsible for anything... or else it just vaporized) to send in their letters.