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Kevin Johnson at Michelle Rhee's side as she wraps up her D.C. schools tenure -- but no, they're not married yet

Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson. (James Brantley)

So it's official: Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson have denied us the East Coast-West Coast wonk royal wedding we'd all craved.

Oh, sure, they're still planning to get married. But she did not walk down the aisle as the D.C. schools chancellor, we can now say with some confidence -- so when it does eventually happen, it just won't be the same. At least for us.

Whether she had already married the Sacramento mayor -- before she left the superintendent's office Friday -- was actually a fair question. The lavish nuptials they originally planned seemed out of character for a couple that has mostly tried to keep their relationship under the radar: It was months before the longtime friends acknowledged in early 2009 they were an item, when we caught them holding hands at a pre-inaugural party. And instead of announcing their engagement last November, they just kind of waited until someone noticed the rock on her left hand.

Then they abruptly pulled the plug on the big California wedding they'd planned for Labor Day weekend, saying they were overwhelmed by the attention it had drawn and that they wanted something smaller and more personal -- but wouldn't tell reporters where or when.
So can you blame us for wondering if they'd secretly eloped already?

Johnson was by Rhee's side this week as the curtain fell on her tenure: They were spotted lunching together at Georgia Brown's on Monday, and he escorted her to her last official appearance, the Excellence in Teaching Awards at the Standing Ovation for D.C. Teachers event at the Kennedy Center that night, where she was jointly heralded (onstage together, one night only!) by the outgoing mayor who hired her, Adrian Fenty, and the incoming mayor who hastened her departure, Vince Gray.

We caught up with her via e-mail the next morning to figure out once and for all: Not asking when you'll get married .... but if you were already married, would we know about it?
Rhee responded: "You'd know."

By The Reliable Source  | November 3, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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Does anyone really care?

Posted by: topryder1 | November 3, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Is it anyone's business?

Posted by: jckdoors | November 3, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

No, I don't care. No it's no one's business but theirs. (That's the one and only time I'll defend her.)

Posted by: mbrumble | November 3, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I suspect if the Post really wanted to know the answer - as opposed to dangling tantalizing questions - all the staff would have to do is ask Rhee's ex, the Post's Opinion Writer and initial "next great pundit", Kevin Huffman. After all, as co-custodian of their (his & Michelle's) kids, I'm sure he's in the loop as to when and where and whether a wedding might be taking place.

That being said, I agree with the posters above.

Posted by: nan_lynn | November 3, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Does Kevin like females????

Posted by: cr10 | November 3, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Right who cares! I think both are a joke. If they truly loved each other it would not be all this bull. Get married and move on. Anytime you be the fixer/cover-up in a situation in which a child may have been sexually violated you are nothing but scum.
Especially when you have 2 daughters of your own. Maybe the husband is threatening to get full custody if she marries this guy. They are both opportunists. The citizens want him gone from Cali like Rhee is gone from DC. Rhee find you another reason for TV.

Posted by: frankiesimmons1 | November 4, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

This is utter nonsense.

Another likely false narrative as silly as the Post reporting/suggesting Rhee will be the next the Secretary of Education.

Instead of writing about their repeatedly postponed "wedding," why not tell us the real deal. Seems as though several posters above (and numerous internet sources) have FAR more believable information about the Rhee/Johnson matter than this article provided.

Nice try, though.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 4, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

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