April Fools’ Day: Rhee: KJ a royal groomzilla
Emails between Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his fiancée, education advocate Michelle Rhee, reveal that the couple’s nuptials have been delayed for seven months.
“Johnson is micromanaging every aspect,” of the big day, an email from Rhee to a family member said.
The couple had planned to marry last September, but the wedding has been rescheduled for an unspecified date in 2012, according to email communication obtained by The Sacramento Press.
Johnson expressed insecurity about being worthy of marrying Rhee while he serves as a weak mayor in council/manager city government.
“The perfect time for our wedding would be sometime in 2012, when I become strong mayor,” Johnson wrote in a November 2010 email. “We’re already a power couple, honey bunch, but we’ll be so much more powerful when I become strong mayor. I just don’t want to look back at our wedding photos and remember a time when I had just one vote out of nine.”
In her response, Rhee accused him of putting his public image before her own.
“I don’t know why we couldn’t get married when I was at the height of my fame in D.C.,” she said. “The wedding coverage would have softened my public image. You’re not letting me have a say in the wedding planning. I had no idea you would be such a groomzilla.”
In addition to giving orders about the timing of the wedding, Johnson is unilaterally making decisions on wedding minutiae without Rhee. Johnson was caught having lunch with the wedding planner so he could change their wedding color to green from purple shortly after the news broke that the Kings were moving to Anaheim.
“But you know I don’t care about the Kings,” Rhee wrote in a March 2 email. “I chose purple because it reminds me of us. It reflects our royal desire to change everything in the entire world.”
Rhee took Johnson’s response as another instance of him thinking of his marriage in terms of his career.
“Sweetheart, I know you like purple. I liked it, too, but it’s now associated with Sacramento failure. Green just goes so much better with my Green Initiative. And an eco-themed wedding will play so much better for us in the national media than a royal theme.”
The wedding planner is reported to have quit and it remains unclear when or if plans will resume.
This story was written solely for April Fools’ Day. It is entirely fictional.