"Beyond the issue of financial resources is a question of personality. Kennedy has demonstrated some quirks with both the party insiders and the media that raise questions about his skills as a candidate. Last summer, after giving a speech to the Illinois delegation at the Democratic National Convention, he refused to answer questions. When TV crews followed him to the elevator, Kennedy implored: “Please, I don’t need to address you. Please leave the elevator and let me get to my meeting. … Have some decency. What have you become?” The video has been widely circulated.
“A lot of people that I know have a great deal of respect for Chris Kennedy, but there are those who are concerned with what might be called his anti-charisma,” said Don Rose, a longtime political operative and Democratic consultant in Chicago. “I think a lot of people are worried about whether he could become a good candidate, particularly against a fast-talker like Rauner.”