Editor,

Mr. Charles Johnson does not know me. I, however, know him. I once worked for him at his company in San Mateo known simply then as Franklin Funds. Mr. Johnson is responsible for giving me my first job along with thousands of others after graduating college. Mr. Johnson also shares the same club as I do. Not some elite golf club but rather an every-town Elks Lodge right here in San Mateo. He went about his routine with everyday guys while doing extraordinary philanthropic works for the city and county of San Mateo.   

Mr. Johnson does not need for me to defend him. I can’t, though, sit idly by while the left and the media try taking this great man down based on a political contribution. Political contributions are free speech and are protected by the Constitution. In an attempt to stifle free speech, those on the left want to condemn and boycott.  

The San Francisco Giants have an opportunity to stand by Mr. Johnson and defend his right to contribute to a candidate of his choosing. The organization will most likely cave to the pressure and placate the hysteria coming from the left. Those public figures that have benefitted most from Mr. Johnson’s hard work and generosity remain curiously silent while one of our best is under attack. Mr. Johnson has done so much for the city of San Mateo, I just wanted to stand up for him and let him know he is very much respected and appreciated.

Christopher P. Conway

San Mateo

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(6) comments

Dirk van Ulden

Well JustMike, Mr Johnson is a person who obviously is aware of the larger picture. Probably that is the reason for his ability to finance a major baseball team. You are just focusing as usual on the nitty gritty and that is why you make such preposterous suggestions. Fortunately there are people in this world who are viewing candidates that may not be perfect but as a better alternative to their political competitors. What you stand for, JustMike, is just cheap, group think PC. Mr. Conway nailed Mr. Johnson's true character; a quiet, but major contributor to our wholesome community.

Dan W

Dirk, if Just Mike is so off-base, why did Johnson in fact ask for his contribution back, and do just as his attorney suggested, and make a public statement condemning racism?

Dirk van Ulden

Dan, exactly my point. He is condemning racism and the unfortunate statement by the candidate he supported did not make her a racist either. That is what the left media spun. Her overall record speaks for itself. If one dumb statement should tank a candidate then how did Obama make it to the Presidency?

Dan W

Dirk-with Hyde-Smith, it wasn't just one statement., it's her whole history and her whole voting record. She is a racist, an Old South racist. It isn't spin, it's fact.

JustMike650

DVU - I stand by what Mr. Cotchett - Mr. Johnson's personal Lawyer: Cotchett was then asked if Johnson should ask for his donation back in this case as well.

“Between you and me he should. Stop all the nonsense. He should, just to prove he truly believes what he’s talking about. The man is not a racist, he’s sick about it. Whether he thinks she’s a racist or not, I do. I have no question. The public hanging, the pictures, her attitude, sending her children to white-only schools, c’mon now.

“To be brutally candid with you, I would if I were Larry Baer I would say to Charlie Johnson, ‘Charlie, you’re one of our owners, we have great respect for you, we know you personally. Write a letter and get your money back.’”

Johnson is known to be a recluse who rarely, if ever, speaks publicly or gives interviews. Cotchett believes his client should make an exception in this case.

“You know the type of person I am, I would make a public statement. I’m going to get on his arse and see if I can get him to do that.”

JustMike650

This is your best post by far Chris and surely better than any reply you have ever met. I met Mr. Johnson at the Carolands Chateau Mansion and like you said was a nice man.

However bare with me, men of his ilk need to be safer in some of the contributions that they make especially in this case two a women who said "I would not mind being invited to a lynching" - or to quote his own attorney:

Cotchett said Johnson would not consider selling his stake in the Giants.

“The answer is absolutely not. The son of a "B" at 85 would love to be a designated hitter next season. He saved them by the way. He was one of the guys that saved them from moving to Florida.

“This is an unfortunate situation where Charlie stupidly, and I’ll call it stupid, wrote checks as we all do…we all make mistakes. I think Charlie made a big mistake. By the way, let’s get this all out on the table. You know he gave to an organization called African Americans for the President or something like that. And then he found out they were running these ads in Arkansas, and he immediately wrote them a letter and said I want nothing to do with you, send me back my $1,000.”

Cotchett was then asked if Johnson should ask for his donation back in this case as well.

“Between you and me he should. Stop all the nonsense. He should, just to prove he truly believes what he’s talking about. The man is not a racist, he’s sick about it. Whether he thinks she’s a racist or not, I do. I have no question. The public hanging, the pictures, her attitude, sending her children to white-only schools, c’mon now.

“To be brutally candid with you, I would if I were Larry Baer I would say to Charlie Johnson, ‘Charlie, you’re one of our owners, we have great respect for you, we know you personally. Write a letter and get your money back.’”

Johnson is known to be a recluse who rarely, if ever, speaks publicly or gives interviews. Cotchett believes his client should make an exception in this case.

“You know the type of person I am, I would make a public statement. I’m going to get on his arse and see if I can get him to do that.”

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