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"America's Next Great Pundit": Michelle Rhee's ex-husband

Kevin Huffman

Is D.C. a small town or what? From 4,800 entries, the winner of the America's Next Great Pundit contest run by our paper's editorial page ended up being .... the ex-husband of D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee.

Kevin Huffman, a Teach for America exec, was selected from 10 finalists by thousands of readers who voted in the contest. His split from Rhee was amicable: When she took the job here in 2007, they were mid-divorce, but he moved from Colorado to help raise their two daughters.

According to the Gotham Schools blog, Rhee's fiance -- Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson -- asked friends to vote for Huffman. "Michelle has been very supportive of my punditing," Huffman told us.

Huffman now gets a three-month contract with The Post. Any conflict? "I don't know why you'd define him" as someone's ex, editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said. "He won this contest by being good at it." Huffman himself largely avoided holding forth on education topics -- because of his own job, he said.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2009; 2:08 PM ET
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Reminds me of the line from Apocalypse Now:
"Oh man... the bull*&$# piled up so fast in Vietnam, you needed wings to stay above it. "

Posted by: edlharris | November 24, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

And speaking of small towns, the runner-up and my choice for next pundit attended the same high school as the winner's ex-wife.

Posted by: mascrub | November 24, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Why won't the Post let me post comments in the results section? How do they explain what these bloggers are saying about their next great pundit?

Posted by: missmolly05 | November 25, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

So disappointing. I was actually following this and reading the columns--and I thought that Zeba Khan had so much interesting to say. It's a shame that this is more social networking contest than anything about the quality of the writing or ideas. How does the Post answer this--as the relative quality of the columns is so evident???? I would really like to know what the editors and ombudsman think of this contest and how it was handled.

Posted by: elliel | November 25, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Why should i care what other bloggers think about this? Sounds like sour grapes. As for Red State, Michelle Rhee is hardly the liberals' best friend.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 26, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

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