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Below are the exact words from Tribune reporter Kim Janssen about my interview with Sheila Berner Kennedy. Click here to see it on The Chicago Tribune Website. 

13-year-old with a bit of clout scores first interview with Sheila Kennedy

City Club of Chicago President Jay Doherty’s 13-year-old son, Jay Doherty Jr., has more in common with his dad than his name, it seems.

The eighth-grader is the first person to score a campaign interview with Sheila Kennedy, the spouse of Democratic gubernatorial contender Chris Kennedy.

While the younger Doherty kept his questions on the very friendly side of friendly (“Chris has a reputation as being hardworking, he rolls his sleeves up, he gets the job done, there’s no job that’s too big or too small — what are your thoughts on that?”), he exhibits preternatural poise for his age in a video that is, after all, intended as a campaign commercial.

Sheila Kennedy mostly kept her comments during the interview positive, describing her husband of 30 years as “a great husband and a great father,” but also got in a sly dig at J.B. Pritzker by describing Kennedy as “the only candidate who is not beholden to anyone,” a clear reference to her husband’s allegation that Pritzker owes a political debt to House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Wearing his striped school tie from Sacred Heart School in the Edgewater community, along with a sharp blazer, Jay Jr. also previously interviewed Ted Kennedy Jr. for the Kennedy campaign.

His proud dad told Chicago Inc. that Jay Jr. — the oldest of four siblings — is interested in a TV career and had visited numerous studios. When his school schedule allows, he also enjoys attending City Club events; he heard President Donald Trump speak at the club in 2015, his father said.

Jay Sr. has a long association with the Kennedys, having worked on Sargent Shriver’s 1976 presidential campaign and represented various Kennedy interests in Chicago over the decades.

kjanssen@chicagotribune.com

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