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