Rhee & Kevin Johnson: Extracurricular Activities?
She sat on the board of his charter school. He testified at her confirmation hearing. It's well known that D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee and NBA star turned Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson are close allies on education reform ..... but are they more than that?
It seems the two are stepping out a lot together. A Capitol Hill spy who is savvy about both education and basketball recognized the two having a leisurely lunch in September on the patio at the Dubliner; a California political insider told us he saw them dining at Luigi's, a cozy Sacramento pizza joint, in October.
Last week, they attended a dinner at the Academy of American Achievement co-hosted by Tom Daschle and student-loan mogul/philanthropist Catherine Reynolds for such VIPs as Jay Rockefeller, Chris Wallace, Larry Summers and Cathy Lanier. Rhee brought Johnson as her guest, said Wayne Reynolds. All this on top of a lot of official-business stuff that has put them in the same room lately, including an October panel at Harvard Business School. Rhee, 38, has made a few visits west as a member of the newly elected mayor's transition team, the Sacramento Bee has reported. Last Tuesday, she accompanied Johnson, 42, to a meeting with Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), according to a statement from the congressman's office.
Okay, let's just go all high-schoolish: Are you guys dating or what? Because you totally should. You'd be so cute together! Are you together? Or what?
Rhee (divorced, two kids) was nice enough to take our call. "I appreciate you asking me directly," she said. "My stance has been that I don't comment on my personal life."
Well, all right. Let us know if that changes. And think about what we said, okay?
The Reliable Source
December 22, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
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