December 22, 2008
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Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is emerging as a high-profile defender of Caroline Kennedy in her fight to replace Hillary Clinton as New York’s junior senator. He made the case for her on “Face the Nation” Sunday, and his case hinged on Kennedy’s work at the Fund for Public Schools. Scroll to minute 13 to watch Klein’s case.
“She helped us raise money, she helped us forge partnerships, and she spent time with our kids in the schools,” he said. “I think that says a lot about her. She could have done a lot of things with the time she had.”
Klein also answered host Bob Schieffer’s concern that Kennedy doesn’t have the gumption to face reporters in the halls of Congress by saying that Kennedy did public press events with him in New York. True. Although, as Philissa pointed out last week, she didn’t answer every question. Here’s what the Times reported when she left the Fund for Public Schools in 2004 after two years of service:
In an interview about eight months into her tenure, she would not say how often she worked at the department headquarters or how many hours she spent on the job, saying only, ”I put in as much time as I can.”