The Kennedys' Sense of Entitlement Was So Great
They Expected Everything for Free, Says Designer Who Worked on $4 Million
designer who worked on a home renovation project for Mary Richardson
Kennedy, has revealed how the late wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
instructed her to demand that contractors provide their services
for free or at massively discounted rates.
Wilson was hired by Mary Richardson Kennedy when she was rebuilding
the family's mold-infested 1920s house in Bedford, New York State,
into a green showpiece home.
told The New York Post, that part of her job with the Kennedys
was to secure products and services for free or as free as
possible during the renovation project, which lasted from
2008 to 2010.
remodeling of the seven-bedroom mansion, the Kennedys amassed more
than $1.3 million in free products including high-end appliances,
dual flush toilets, solid brass and zinc faucets, hardwood flooring,
and hypoallergenic rugs. In addition, the family used their influence
to secure massive discounts from the builder and other contractors.
Blansfield, who led the two-year construction project, said he charged
'very, very much less than what I would normally charge. I felt
the project had great merit.'
work on the house did not lead to an increase in business.
were promised free publicity and credit in a television show for
NBC, which never aired.
was designed free-of-charge, and the craftsman who did the bookcases
and fireplace mantels charged half his usual rate.
windows were provided by a local distributor for a Minnesota company,
Marvin Windows and Doors, at a discount of more than $100,000.
called Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat and an ally of her
husband, and asked him to force the company to donate the windows.
reached out to many people and corporations, including Al Franken,
Wilson told The
New York Post. A spokesman for Franken denied the claim.
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