Gray Responds To Rhee's Threat To Leave

8:49 PM, Jul 12, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Like a good boxer, DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray had been able to bop and weave, avoiding a direct hit when asked if he'd keep Michelle Rhee on as DC School Chancellor should he defeat her boss, incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty, in the September democratic primary.

Then Fenty, looking to stop the voter hemorrhaging in his campaign, sent Rhee out to declare she couldn't see herself working for Gray. In fact, she referred to his "disdain" for her reform efforts.

In an interview Monday with 9NEWS NOW, Gray responded for the first time suggesting that if Rhee had the children's best interest at heart, she might withhold her job decision and not base it on politics and the outcome of the DC Mayoral race.

Gray said the reform of the schools should not be up to one person, namely Rhee. She has gotten most of the credit and the flack for school changes, including the firing of teachers.

DC is sharply divided over the school chancellor with many of Gray's supporters wanting her replaced; but Rhee is immensely popular in parts, especially west of Rock Creek park, where Fenty will need a big turnout to win re-election.

Gray can't afford to rally that group with a position that says if he wins, Rhee is out.

Written by Bruce Johnson

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