Vincent C. Gray's mayoral campaign is responding to comments from Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee that his victory in Tuesday's election is "devastating for the school children of Washington D.C."
Traci Hughes, a Gray spokesman, called Rhee's statement "unfortunate."
"It is unfortunate that the children have been thrown in the middle of the political fray," Hughes said. "Chairman Gray has made it very clear from the very beginning: He will continue education reform. It's his top priority already and he will put children first."
Rhee comments, made Wednesday night at the Newseum, are likely to exacerbate the tension between her and the chairman. During the campaign, Rhee questioned Gray's commitment to school reform. Gray, in turn, refused to say whether he would retain Rhee if elected.
Gray and Rhee are tentatively scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss her future.