The son of Robert F. Kennedy has had a criminal charge dismissed after agreeing to pay a small $150 fine.
Max Kennedy, 52, was arrested for disorderly conduct last month when police were called to an early morning party near the political family’s Cape Cod compound in Hyannis Port, Mass.
When confronted about the noise, the lawyer began “screaming incoherently and throwing himself at the wall” before he smashed a cabinet of glass, according to a report from the Barnstable Police.
* Chris Kennedy’s brother Max disputed that police report, but he had a bit of an issue at yesterday’s Kane County Democrats Harry S. Truman Dinner. If you go to about the 1:22-minute mark of this tracker video, you’ll see Kennedy’s relevant remarks partially aimed at fellow attendee JB Pritzker accompanied by some loud booing…
My father said, ‘The easiest thing to do would be to get elected President of the United States, you know how you do it? You just, uh, apply directly to peoples’ fears about people who are different. And if you look at the people who voted for George Wallace in 1972, they’re the exact same people in the state of Illinois who were RFK supporters four years earlier. So, that darkness is inside all of us and we’re capable of bringing it out.
When, when JB, when he was running for Congress and he started losing that race, he started losing the race, and he started talking about the Muslims*. That’s the kind of thing I’m talking about. I don’t want to have a negative campaign. But I’ll tell you, absolutely, JB, you’re shaking your hands like it didn’t happen, so that’s a direct answer, yes or no?
So, when you come up here, I want you to say whether or not you’ll support Joe Berrios after he has been convicted, he has been found to have been in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act**. Will you just answer without doing the Irish jig? [Dances on stage.] Tell us the direct answer to the question. [Booing begins.] Will you support Joe Berrios? [More booing.] It’s an important question to ask. [Someone shouts “Not here!”] Alright, we’ll answer it, we’ll ask it another time.
[Long pause.] So, I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you just one quick story about my dad. [Another long pause.] You know, I know you guys don’t really want to talk about the difficult things in the Democratic Party. And I know this is a dinner for unity. And I guarantee you, all of us will be back together, all of us will be back together on the 21st no matter who wins this primary. And I’ll be happy to work for the Democrat who wins.
I hope that you will not vote for someone who uses coded language to talk about minorities and that you will not, and you will vote for someone who will stand for what the Democrats believe in. For giving the child a coat***, not for the kinds of corruption and, you know, all the money, all of the money that Joe Berrios is taking, that’s coming out of his, they’re taking almost a million dollars per ward****. That’s a playground for every ward. [One person heard clapping.]
You may not like it, but try to answer the question without dancing, JB. [Some clapping and some booing can be heard as Kennedy leaves the stage.]
After the speech, you can hear Kane County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Guethle start to say: “Alright, first of all, I just want to say this isn’t Chicago, Illinois. This is Kane County, we’re in Aurora, Illinois,” followed by cheering. Guethle, keep in mind, has endorsed Pritzker.
When he stepped to the stage, Pritzker had something to say to Kennedy.
“Max you may have forgotten your glasses. Are these yours? I am running a positive campaign*****,” Pritzker said to applause. […]
As he was leaving the facility after the event, Pritzker called the incident “unfortunate.”
“I think they are seeing that their campaign isn’t running well so they are attacking,” he said. “That’s what that is about. I am sorry to see that. It’s politics. Hopefully they will come together. We all need to come together to beat Bruce Rauner after March 20th.”
I was there and to say that Max Kennedy bombed would be a tremendous understatement. Several months ago I was at an event when Emil Jones appeared for Chris Kennedy. Emil Jones, while not as abrasive as Max Kennedy, was also a bust. Chris Kennedy would be wise to stop sending people in his stead. He surely lost votes at both events I attended.
I think the **** is a reference to the bit of Kennedy’s stump speech about how the difference between the assessed value of the Sears Tower and 800 Lasalle place and the sale price translates to about 50 million extra dollars in property taxes to the city which translates to about 1 million per ward. no idea if its true but I heard Kennedy say it at a 43rd ward town hall-esqu event.
That quote is rather simple, not sure what’s so difficult to understand.
“You see someone in need, you help them.”
Not that Chicago Dems are into that.
For a billionaire, Pritzker is curiously subservient. First that mess with Blagojevich and now he won’t dare oppose Madison. Not even a teensy bit. Dude, you’re a billionaire. They need your cash more than you need them.
As for Kennedy’s brother, go back where you came from if you want your brother to win. You don’t have your father’s charisma that was needed to sweeten that speech.
P.s - “That quote is rather simple, not sure what’s so difficult to understand.;)
“It means I’ve bought everyone who was for sale and now I can afford to run a campaign with nothing but sunshine and smiles. And if anyone dares to criticize me, they will boo the guy off the stage.”
I just wish Kennedy wasn’t so misguided in his campaign and would actually start using his head and find a way to defeat Pritzker. Even Biss is acceptable even though his voting record worries me a tad too much. He’s not as much of a progressive as he pretends to be.
==I have a ton of respect towards the Kennedy brothers for constantly seeing J.B. in public and just going off on him.==
Let’s be clear here, they’re “going off” on JB because he’s running the campaign they wanted to with the money they wish they raised. A healthy dose of old-money entitlement is also a contributing factor.
Can you get JB’s recordings with Blago out of your mind though?, sort of funny him acting like a king maker and worrying about patronage jobs in the sec of states’ office. I have met him a few times, great guy, very engaged, just don’t get the end game for these guys.