Rhee turns to White House veteran Anita Dunn
By Bill Turque
Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, whose image has been battered by a series of high-profile controversies, is turning to a veteran of the Obama White House to help her with communications strategy. DCPS confirmed Friday that it is negotiating a contract with former White House communications director and veteran Democratic media consultant Anita Dunn.
Officials say Rhee hopes to use Dunn and her firm, Squier Knapp Dunn, to deal with the crush of press attention she receives both locally and nationally, and to assist in rolling out important stories to maximum strategic advantage. Officials would not specify what projects Dunn would work on, but she is expected to help on the unveiling of the long-awaited labor contract between the District and Washington Teachers' Union, which could be finalized in the next few weeks.
"We hope to get her wisdom and advice on how to handle things," said Marrianne McMullen, chief of staff to Peggy O'Brien, Rhee's chief of community outreach. "She has incredible experience."
McMullen said the contract will be paid for with private funds.
March 19, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
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