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The Washington Post editorial page is quite smitten with schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, that we know.
Turns out they like her ex-husband, too!
Kevin Huffman, an executive for Teach for America who split up with Rhee in 2007, has been named “America’s Next Great Pundit” and will be handed valuable WaPo op-ed real estate for at least three months.
Huffman, according to a press release, “survived five rounds of punditry challenges, including writing a traditional op-ed column, blogging on tight deadlines on a range of topics, fielding difficult questions from readers and presenting confidence on video, all of which were subjected to criticism from Post personalities and reader comments and voting.”
WaPo editorial page editor Fred Hiatt writes to Huffman: “A good columnist has to both have something original and useful to say, and give readers a sense of his or her personality. You did both, coming across as someone who is smart, incisive and — this was the key — funny without being mean-spirited.”
UPDATE, 3:05 P.M.: Hiatt responds to Politico’s Michael Calderone:
Hiatt, the Post’s editorial page editor, pointed out to POLITICO that Huffman was voted in by viewers and readers across the country. “I don’t think his personal life was a factor.” Hiatt, himself, said he didn’t know Huffman before the contest and doesn’t know of anyone at the Post who did.
And would Huffman have to disclose that he was married to Rhee?
“As with any columnist, we would expect him not to write about areas in which he has a personal conflict, or to disclose the conflict if he chooses to write about such areas,” Hiatt said.