John Falcicchio, adviser to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, has taken a leave to work on the mayoral campaign of former NBA all-star Kevin Johnson.
Kris Deutschman, a volunteer spokeswoman for Johnson's mayoral bid in Sacramento, said Falcicchio "started maybe, what, three or four days ago."
The young fundraiser and field coordinator earned the nickname "Johnny Business" because of his work ethic. He apparently has Fenty's blessing to share those skills with Johnson, who is challenging incumbent Heather Fargo. The primary is June 3.
Fenty hosted a fundraiser for Johnson on yesterday afternoon at the Woodward Building. About 35 to 40 people attended, but Deutschman said she did not have a tally of how much money was raised.
Johnson, retired from the Phoenix Suns, has a tie to D.C. and the mayor through schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee.
He is founder and chief executive officer of St. HOPE, a nonprofit community development corporation that "operates St. HOPE Public Schools, a system serving more than 1,500 students in grades Pre K - 12," according to his campaign website.
Rhee was on the board of St. HOPE until last year when she took the chancellor's job. Johnson testified on Rhee's behalf during her confirmation hearing last year, and St. HOPE was mentioned early on by Rhee as a possible operator of some of the District's failing schools under a plan to improve low-performing schools.