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DCPS Says It Drafted General Independently

DCPS says it moved on its own to hire former Brigadier Gen. Anthony J. Tata for its newly created chief operating officer's post. The Wire, citing a knowledgeable source, reported yesterday that Tata's selection came with the assistance of Terence Golden, chairman of the influential Federal City Council.

Jennifer Calloway, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, said this morning that Golden "did not have anything to do with hiring Tata." Golden has not returned a phone message.

Another more nuanced exchange with our source, familiar with the workings of the Federal City Council, suggests that we might have misunderstood him. He said today that "Terry and others helped by proposing names" but that he could not be certain that Tata was among them.

Bill Turque

By Bill Turque  |  June 9, 2009; 1:08 PM ET
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Why was it necessary to print this retraction? Everyone knows Fenty is beholden to the business interests of the city, and with Rhee being his highly paid puppet, why would anyone expect anything different?

Posted by: schooletal | June 9, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Whether or not Terry Golden assisted Rhee in the hiring Tata is irrelevant. The point is that Terry Golden has access to Rhee and Fenty unlike parents and teachers. The rest of us may at the most get a one line e-mail response to a question or concern. No discussion. No private meetings. Let us also not forget that Victor Reinoso used to work with Terry Golden as a Federal City Council employee.

In response to this excerpt,"He said today that 'Terry and others helped by proposing names' but that he could not be certain that Tata was among them'. When has a parent or teacher been asked to propose names for any position?

Posted by: letsbereal2 | June 9, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Thank you letsbereal2. I'm looking forward to the day that Rhee and her cadre understand that there was anything positive going on in DC before she got here, and that she could actually learn from anyone who worked here before she got here.

Posted by: qazqaz | June 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"a spokeswoman for Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, said this morning that Golden 'did not have anything to do with hiring Tata.' Golden has not returned a phone message."

In other words, "Know your place." Got that, Golden? Got that, Tata?

Posted by: efavorite | June 10, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Seems like a reporter and editor got a little ahead of themselves it publishing this when the WashPost is one of the biggest members of the Federal City Council.

Posted by: oknow1 | June 10, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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