New Top G-Man Also A Green’s Farms Man

James Comey — the man President Obama is expected to name as the new head of the FBI — has plenty of ties to Westport.

He lives in Green’s Farms.

James Comey

James Comey

He’s been general counsel to Bridgewater Associates, the huge hedge fund headquartered here.

As US attorney for the Southern District of New York, he helped send then-Westporter Martha Stewart to the Big House.

But — although both the Southern District and FBI were involved — he had nothing to do with the arrest and conviction of Rajat Gupta. That’s the former businessman/philanthropist  convicted in June 2012 on insider trading charges. He lives in another big house on Beachside Avenue — around the corner from Comey.

9 responses to “New Top G-Man Also A Green’s Farms Man

  1. Eric William Buchroeder

    Sounds like a stand-up guy. As Martha would say: “It’s a good thing.” Dan, does he have kids? Did you teach or coach them? Good luck, director Comey. Go get ‘em!!!! (the bad guys).

  2. What a great town! Rajat Gupta, Martha Stewart, Dan Woog and James Comey in one breath!

  3. Eric William Buchroeder

    One Super Size Happy Meal and a Big Gulp, please!!!!

  4. Dan, You may getting your hedge fund felons named Raj mixed up. I thought Raj Rajaratam lived in Greenwich. Raj Gupta is the one who has a place on Beachside. But it will be nice to have a local guy on the right side of the law. He might even have a chance of getting approved given what appears to be a very independent track record.

  5. Comey is an interesting pick. His refusal to enforce warrant-less wiretaps while he was acting Attorney General in 2004 under Bush, will endear him to liberals but his hedge fund connections will not. Is ’44 attempting to minimize the latest “scandals” with a GOPer at Hoover’s desk???

    • Eric William Buchroeder

      CAS, wouldn’t you agree Director Comey’s on a very different side of the street now than his past venues? His commitment to civil liberties is going to get stretched in his new role, predictably. Kind of reminds me of FDR putting Joe Kennedy in charge of the SEC although BO isn’t FDR and Comey isn’t Joe Kennedy. We’ll see. Bad guys are everywhere and good guys are harder to recognize than ever.

      • As my former self, Eric, he is a prosecutor. We see the law in a different perspective than let’s say, a cop. I think his appointment is for political gain for ’44. GOP can’t knock investigations into IRS/AP-Fox if one of their guys is running the show?