My experience with Chris Kennedy, the son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, began last summer at the Rock Island County Democratic Party’s Labor Day Picnic. Because my son participates in Special Olympics and Best Buddies, both programs benefiting persons with disabilities and created through the efforts of the Kennedy family, I thought it would be something for him to meet Chris Kennedy.
When we were introduced, I stepped back, allowing it to be an almost one-on-one conversation between Chris and my son. They talked about Special Olympics sporting events, Best Buddies activities, Challenger Baseball League, and other things. Chris Kennedy took his time with our 21-year-old son, listening intently, asking questions; showing genuine interest.
I was very impressed with Chris that day. It became clear he possesses a particular quality. Something his father, Robert F. Kennedy, and his uncles, U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy, were also known for - a Kennedy family trait: A true genuineness and passion for the people.
Because of our experience, when I learned he had decided to run for Illinois governor, I knew I needed to take a closer look. What I found convinced me that not only is Chris Kennedy genuine and caring, but he is perhaps the best-rounded candidate we could ask for.
His experience runs the gamut: Non-profits, charitable works, civic service, and private sector; all of this provides him with a unique understanding of Illinois, its issues, and what needs to be done to address them.
Richard “Quijas” Brunk