Ex-RenTech Employee May Not Have Been Saying Boss Was A White Supremacist Before, But He Is Now - 2019-01-14
There was always something a little odd about the story of Renaissance Technologies computer scientist David Magerman's description of the feud with his boss, Robert Mercer. According to Magerman's telling, he'd been bitching about Mercer's backing for Donald Trump to colleagues, when he got a call from Mercer. "I hear you're going around saying I'm a white supremacist," the RenTech co-CEO allegedly complained.
While the distance between the two is debatable, it is something of a leap to go from "supporter of Donald Trump" to "white supremacist." But Magerman wasn't filling in the gap, either in the Wall Street Journal interview that got him suspended from RenTech, nor in his subsequent op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, in which Magerman presented his differences with his estranged employer as being primarily about campaign finance. This may have had something to do with the fact that Magerman hoped to hold on to his job of 20 years.
For weeks, Mr. Magerman vacillated between desiring an exit agreement with Renaissance and hoping to remain. Recently, he and the firm had decided they could work together again, he said. Mr. Magerman viewed the poker evening as an opportunity to repair the frayed relationship. "I was anxious," he said. "But I wanted to reintroduce myself and be part of the culture again, to show I was making an effort."