Benson has always been a great fundraiser. Always.I've stayed out of the Kennedy brouhaha.
I do recall a massive howl when Bruce Benson was named president. Things like "he knows zero about academics", "he is as conservative republican as anyone on the planet", "he's nothing but an old, white guy".
I'm no expert on Pres. Benson's tenure, but the little I know is that he was a tireless worker, did for nearly zero pay and I don't recall many political/partisan moves of great significance (as we were promised by those opposed to him). I've heard the fundraising under his leadership was outstanding.
Kennedy alienated his donor base in the old job.
They’re very different even if their politics are close.