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Rhee & Kevin Johnson: Extracurricular Activities?


Kevin Johnson hugging Michelle Rhee after testifying on her behalf at her confirmation hearing last year. (Dayna Smith)


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?

By The Reliable Source  |  December 22, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
 
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Comments

Like the Lady said, "I don't comment on my personal life". But, I agree this is great gossip. And, yes they do make a cute couple.

Hopefully, now, some of Miss Rhee foe's would see her in a different light. Maybe now parents may see a passionate more social side of her. Especially, when she comes off as harsh, when dealing with the social issues that affect some students ability to learn. Zero tolerance is zero tolerance. She has gone down a road with audacity, that no other group/persons, have traveled. So far, so good!

You go Girl! And if it is true! Then, dang, yall do make a very cute couple! Peace and Love or maybe a little kissing with those hugs!

Posted by: knjon353 | December 22, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Like the Lady said, "I don't comment on my personal life". But, I agree this is great gossip. And, yes they do make a cute couple.

Hopefully, now, some of Miss Rhee foe's would see her in a different light. Maybe now parents may see a passionate more social side of her. Especially, when she comes off as harsh, when dealing with the social issues that affect some students ability to learn. Zero tolerance is zero tolerance. She has gone down a road with audacity, that no other group/persons, have traveled. So far, so good!

You go Girl! And if it is true! Then, dang, yall do make a very cute couple! Peace and Love or maybe a little kissing with those hugs!

Posted by: knjon353 | December 22, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

And your point?Her personal life is just that unless it affects her decisons in doing her public job.The reporters may need to get a life of their own maybe!

Posted by: bigman5 | December 22, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Playing devil's advocate here! Parents might be wondering something else? She has responded that she spends weekends and vaction time there. Vacation time there was school time here. According to the SACBEE she was there when Hart Middle school was falling apart. Weekends? Parents might be asking, How are her children doing? Hmmm.....

Posted by: candycane1 | December 22, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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