There is nothing quite so unsettling as a sore winner. Vincent Gray won the Democratic primary for DC mayor last week. In Washington, that amounts to winning the November election.
Gray is just biding his time until voters make official in the general election what everyone already knows — that he will soon be in charge.
While waiting, Gray is holding meetings to get him ready to rule.
On Thursday, Gray met with DC schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee who was an active supporter of Gray’s opponent — outgoing Mayor Adrian Fenty.
Rhee went so far as to say publicly that Gray’s primary victory was “devastating for the school children of Washington, DC.” She has about as much chance of being retained in a Gray administration has Lindsay Lohan does of being nominated for the Supreme Court.
After the meeting Gray came out to meet the media — and Rhee was forced to stand in a corner — like a naughty school girl – listening to the presumptive mayor-elect say that:
“We did not talk about Chancellor Rhee staying or going. We talked about the state of education in the city.”
The media described Rhee as appearinging “shaken,” “close to tears,” and “looked awkward, unhappy, and basically like she’d rather be anywhere else on the planet.”
You can see the scene in the raw video below.
It is hard to believe that, at a minimum, Gray didn’t let Rhee know that she had flunked the retention test. He has every right to appoint his own team — and we can’t blame him for wanting a schools chief who doesn’t start out thinking that Gray’s election is “devastating.”
But making Rhee stand in the corner with a metaphorical dunce cap sends all the wrong signals. Gray should have met with her privately — allowed her to leave the area — and only then come out before the press.
His treatment of Rhee was uncalled for. We hope he acts with a little more class when his job becomes official.