Mini-Golf vs. Running for Congress, the Age-long Debate

From: XXXX
Sent: 04/09/2010 03:54 PM ADT
Subject: Leaving XXXX today to run for U.S. House of Representatives

Dear all

Today is my last at the great institution XXXX. The journey over the past three years from associate to engagement manager has truly been a fantastic one. Not only because of the opportunity for senior client interaction, the real impact drive each study, or even the difficult problems we relish solving. No. The real strength of XXXX, what I will miss most, is you. No other organization contains individuals with the depth of knowledge, breadth of experience, and genuine concern for the world as XXXX.

Only at XXXX can we merge two business schools in the morning, discuss black hole information theory over lunch, save a bank $200 million in the afternoon, debate the geopolitics of the middle east at dinner, and still have time for glow in the dark mini-golf in the evening.

But as I have watched events unfold on the national stage, I began to worry. In just the past few weeks we've seen the chance for smart and targeted banking regulation evaporate, watched bond markets decide Berkshire Hathaway is less risky than US Treasuries, and witnessed democrats and republicans squander an opportunity for real reform in the health care industry.

Given congress's unwillingness to effect the necessary change, I have decided that I can no longer remain on the sidelines as our government spirals toward bankruptcy. The economic and fiscal state of the government is too precarious for allow ideology to drive policy. Washington needs to start using a fact based approach, a XXXX approach, to solve the problems facing our nation. We need smarter government. Thinking through the options, I have come to believe my greatest opportunity for impact lays inside the legislature itself.

To drive smart change, I have decided to run for US Congress from New York's 14th congressional district on the Republican ticket and am resigning from XXXX effective today.

Finally, I want to thank those who have helped mentor me along my journey at XXXX. In particular, I want to thank XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, XXXX, and XXXX for their invaluable help over the years—and of course XXXX and the visual production team in New York without whose help I would have never made “client ready” decks.

If you know anyone who might want to join or assist in anyway, please have them contact me.  My permanent email is XXXX.  I can also be contacted on my cell at XXXX. You can view the beta version of my website at  (please note it is not fully operational yet).  I wish you all the best and hope to stay in contact!

P.S., Please forward this email to anyone I missed!


The "+":
  • Don't forget the goldfish, Jerry.
  • I once had a Japanese rice-cooker descaling detergent called "Greatest Opportunity for Impact."

The "-":
  • "Helped mentor" is unnecessarily redundant.
  • This deck is not client ready.
  • The first 30 seconds of your campaign video is kind of creepy.


Anonymous said...

this guy quit his job because he "watched bond markets decide Berkshire Hathaway is less risky than US Treasuries" . . . that = wanker. plus he's running for a republican seat in ny. = double wanker

Anonymous said...

Where's the picture? This doesn't make sense to me without a picture.

Last Day Emails said...

Tonight, I promise!

Anonymous said...

I love how Republicans measure the importance of their job in dollar amounts (OMG! "$200 million" in one afternoon!) and by name and title dropping (OMG! He had "senior client interaction" and went from "associate to engagement manager" in only three years!).

And only an investment banker would feel the need to reassure himself in a last-day email that he has a genuine concern for the world by stating that, hey, really, I have a "genuine concern for the world."

I wonder if he has reassessed his views on fiscal austerity now that the bond markets have decided that US Treasuries are less risky than they have been in years:^TNX+Basic+Chart&t=2y. (That was me being facetious; there is no chance that he has reassessed his views.)

And I'll give you two to one that he thinks we would end our government's "spiral towards bankruptcy" if we would only make Bush's tax cuts permanent.

Also, who signs a last-day email "respectfully"?