BOSTON - Today, the Massachusetts Democratic Party highlighted new evidence showing Republican congressional candidate Jonathan Golnik is once again trying to keep voters in the dark about his past work as an executive at AIG, the disgraced Wall Street bailout recipient.
Until just days ago, Golnik described himself as having had a “senior role” at AIG in a profile on the website of MatadorFX, a currency trading firm where Golnik is a co-owner and principal. Some time in the past few days, the website description was scrubbed, deleting the word “senior” to describe Golnik's association with controversial Wall Street corporation.
Screen captures taken on August 8, 2012 and September 10, 2012 document the switch and are available upon request.
In a recent debate on August 13th in Lowell, however, Golnik talked up his time at AIG, boasting, “I certainly was a leader at the [sic] when I worked in the financial sector, I ran a desk, in um, at my firm, AIG.”
During his criminal trial for DUI, Golnik told the court that he "was hired by AIG Trading to handle emerging market currencies" before he was transferred to open an office in London, where he stayed for three years.
“During the primary election campaign, Jon Golnik loved to brag that he was a big shot at AIG, but now that he's pitching to a wider audience, it's looking like he would rather folks forget about his work for one of the corporations that nearly brought down our economy” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Executive Director Clare Kelly. "The truth is that Golnik opened the London AIG office where the seeds of the financial meltdown were sewn and he held a leadership position in the Wall Street giant."
Did you hold a senior role at AIG…
6-28-2001, Sentencing Memorandum, Cambridge District Court:
“…he was hired by AIG Trading to handle emerging market currencies…He eventually was transferred to London to open an office there, and remained there for three years before returning to Boston.”- Jay Carney, attorney for Mr. Golnik, filing Memorandum on Mr. Golnik’s behalf.
7-25-2012, Matadox FX Website Biography (prior to alteration):
“Jon later advanced on to senior roles at State Street Bank and AIG Trading Group…”
8-13-2012, Lowell Sun/UMASS Lowell Republican Debate:
“I certainly was a leader at the [sic] when I worked in the financial sector, I ran a desk, in um, at my firm, AIG.”
9-30-2010, Haverhill Gazette:
‘"Let me set the record straight," Golnik said. "A few years out of school, and more than a decade ago, I worked for three years as an entry level foreign currency trader helping others convert their money into U.S. dollars, and I assure you ... the big guys upstairs didn't walk down to my desk on the floor to ask my opinion on how to run the company…"’
10-1-2010, Eagle Tribune:
‘It was a job I had only a few years out of school," said Golnik. "I had no one reporting to me. I didn't even have an assistant."
…"I didn't run a group," said Golnik. "I was a group of one, myself, and I had layers and layers above me."’
10-26-2010, Lowell Sun:
‘"I was the low man on the totem pole," Golnik told The Sun. "I had layers and layers above me."’