VIA THE WASHINGTON POST:
Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says she’s in D.C. for the long haul, despite her impending marriage to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
“Yes, I’m fully ready for the commuter marriage!” she e-mailed Friday, after The Reliable Source broke the word that she and Johnson will wed on Sept. 4, location TBD.
Rhee has often said that she intended to remain in her post through a second Fenty term–assuming there is one.
“I’m a serial monogamist, not a job hopper,” she said in a 2008 interview. Rhee cited her ten years at New Teacher Project, the non-profit she founded. She has also spoken admiringly of Atlanta School Superintendent Beverly L. Hall, who is in her eleventh year at the head of that system.
Such a pledge would take her to early 2015. That’s a lot of plane rides to and from Sacramento. But there may be other considerations as well. Her ex-husband Kevin Huffman, with whom she is raising two daughters, lives in the District.
Schools activist Cherita Whiting, who has also spent time with Rhee socially, says she prepared to do it.
“I think she would be OK with the travel,” said Whiting. Although she added that she doesn’t expect it to be a long-term proposition because she predicts that at least one of the mayors in her life will lose re-election: Fenty this year or Johnson in 2012.