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The Petraeus Affair
Mon November 12, 2012
Florida Connection To Petraeus Scandal: Tampa Woman Got Paula's 'Harassing Email'
She's a doctor's wife, a Tampa socialite and the unofficial social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base. She has attended White House functions and has announced herself as "unofficial consul general to South Korea."
And according to the latest stories, Jill Kelley, 37, considered Gen. David Petraeus a family friend and a sort of grandfather to her own children. There are published photos of Petraeus and his wife attending Tampa's Gasparilla Pirate Fest with Kelley and her husband.
Reportedly, "harassing" email to Kelley from Petraeus biographer and supposed mistress Paula Broadwell led to disclosure of the affair and Petraeus' abrupt resignation from the CIA.
The Tampa Bay Times wrote what it knows about Jill Kelley today:
Jill Kelley, 37, who lives with her husband and three young daughters in a Bayshore Boulevard mansion in South Tampa, has been friends for years with Petraeus and his wife, Holly. Petraeus served as leader of the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base between 2008 and 2010, before he was sworn in as CIA director. The Petraeuses frequently invited the Kelleys to social events held on the base, and theKelleys likewise invited the Petraeuses to their home. While he served as head of CentCom, Petraeus in 2010 marked his first celebration of the Gasparilla pirate festival at the Kelleys' nearly 5,000-square-foot house. He and his wife arrived at a white tent on the front lawn of the home with a 28-officer police motorcycle escort.The Associated Press, quoting an unnamed military official, reported Sunday that Kelley had received harassing emails from Petraeus' mistress, which led the FBI to examine biographer Paula Broadwell's email account and discover her secret relationship.
Questions? Why would Broadwell be harassing Jill Kelley, for instance? The Philadelphia Inquirer says there was sexually explicit language in Broadwell's messages but there's no evidence of an affair between the general and Kelley.