In August, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO, John Mackey, wrote an intelligent and reasonable editorial in the Wall Street Journal opposing ObamaCare.
Those of us who live in liberal enclaves know too well how orgainzed liberals can assert pressure and operate like like a legally backed, effete version of the mafia.
Unfortunately for Mackey, Whole Foods is based in Austin, Texas and the grocery chain is extremely popular with liberal crunchies. I guess you lie in the bed you made.
Ever since Mackey wrote that op-ed, liberals have had him in their crosshairs. They have protested, boycotted and have tried to stage an internal takeover. On Thursday, they finally got their scalp. Under intense pressure, Mackey resigned as CEO.
The AP reports:
At Whole Foods’ annual shareholders meeting in March, CtW Investment Group, a shareholder activist group that works with union pension funds, unsuccessfully proposed that the CEO and chairman roles be separated. The grocer said it has been receiving these proposals for three years.
But in August, CtW raised the stakes by calling for the CEO’s removal. The activist group said an editorial by Mackey opposing President Obama’s health care plan damaged the company’s reputation, especially among its left-leaning customers.
The group said Mackey “attempted to capitalize on the brand reputation of Whole Foods to champion his personal political views but has instead deeply offended a key segment of Whole Foods consumer base.”
CtW said Mackey has become a “liability” because of his “indiscretion.”
Just one more story to file away for future use, more ammunition to toss in the face of liberals who try to claim the mantle of tolerance, diversity and free speech.