Skip to comments.Jill and Scott Kelley cultivated politicians as well as general (time for your daily laugh)
Posted on 11/16/2012 6:32:23 AM PST by RummyChick
TAMPA The emails were anguished, pleading and sent straight to the mayor.
"Bob, hope all is well," Jill Kelley wrote at 5:57 a.m. Tuesday to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, whom she knows socially.
What came next offers a glimpse into Kelley's state of mind as a national scandal blew up in her front yard.
"My kids are scared, and need their 'home' back," she wrote, asking for help with "paparazzi" at her Bayshore Boulevard mansion.
At 6:18 a.m. Wednesday, she emailed again.
"Dear Mayor Bob," she wrote, saying that her name, along with those of former CIA director David Petraeus and Gen. John R. Allen, "have been exploited by the media."
"I wouldn't care if they got the facts right and the focus was on the criminal that stalked all of us," she added in an apparent reference to Petraeus biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell. "But the truth will one day prevail."
Then she complained, "to put insult to injury, your police dept gave the local 911 tapes to the press!"
The police dispatch recordings included her cell phone number, she said, so now "I have been receiving threats all night."
Kelley said she was not sending her daughters to school and her husband, Dr. Scott Kelley, was sleeping at the hospital, "because it's just gotten too difficult to even pull out of our own driveway."
"I'm scared and cannot believe what my city in which I have contributed so much of my love, time, money and leadership, has now done to me and my innocent family," Kelley wrote.
Asked Thursday if he did anything in response to Kelley's complaint, Buckhorn said no. "Public record," he said of the police calls.
But the emails reveal a facet of the Kelleys' life in Tampa that has until now received little notice.
The couple not only lavished attention on top officers from MacDill Air Force Base, but cultivated friendships with Florida politicians even if it meant being pushy.
Thursday, a photo of then-U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, with Jill Kelley and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam, on each arm, made the rounds on Twitter.
Republican Angelette Aviles tweeted the photo. She said it was taken at a March 2010 fundraiser for Rubio at an office in Tampa. The cost was $1,000 a plate.
But the twins didn't pay anything, said Aviles.
"They weren't on the guest list," she said. "They came in, took a photo with him, and left. . . . I had no idea who they were" until she saw the women's faces in the news this week.
Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said the senator met the twins during his 2010 campaign.
"Mrs. Kelley has sent his Senate office invitations to social events, but he hasn't attended any," Conant said.
Kelley did not contribute to Rubio's campaign. Jill Kelley did give $500 to the Florida Republican Party in 2010, and Scott Kelley and Natalie Khawam each gave $250 in 2009 to Todd Marks, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for the state House.
Also this week, the Daily Telegraph of London, citing an unnamed Republican source, said Khawam once dated former Gov. Charlie Crist.
Reached by phone, Crist said: "Consider the source."
"Didn't happen," he said. "I may have met her."
Crist said he met the Kelleys, along with Petreaus and wife, Holly, for a dinner at Bern's Steak House in Tampa. Jill Kelley "a delightful person," Crist said arranged the dinner.
The Kelleys didn't support Buckhorn during his race for mayor, and he said he had never met them. But they reached out to him soon after he was elected in March 2011.
Three weeks after Buckhorn was sworn in, the couple hosted a cocktail reception for him on the front yard of their home.
Since then, Jill Kelley has kept in touch with the mayor, often extending social invitations, according to emails released by the city late Thursday.
Less than a month after the reception in the mayor's honor, Kelley emailed Buckhorn that she hoped to see him and his wife, Dr. Cathy Lynch Buckhorn, at a dinner party that evening for the King of Jordan.
"The King and his sister (the Princess) are awesome people!" she wrote a few days later. "Actually your name was brought up by the Generals when they were showing off the party I hosted you! (everyone loved that party)"
"Especially me," responded Buckhorn, who said he counts Kelley as an acquaintance.
He said he has not been able to accept any of Kelley's invitations since the reception in his honor, but he along with his wife and police driver did give her a ride home after a MacDill function when her husband was working late and was unable to meet her.
"Gen Mattis" an apparent reference to Marine Gen. James Mattis, who succeeded Petraeus as commander of CentCom "was so kind to offer, but I realized you two were passing my way," Jill Kelley wrote to Buckhorn the next day.
Kelley also messaged the mayor early this year after reports that American personnel in Afghanistan had burned Korans, enraging Muslims.
Soon after, Tampa Bay shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem said "we are going to deep fat fry" the Koran, according to a news report from WMNF-88.5 FM radio.
In response, top officers at MacDill reached out to the mayor to try to talk the DJ out of a publicity stunt that could have endangered troops.
Buckhorn also heard from Kelley, who said she had just gotten off a phone call with Gen. Allen and Vice Adm. Robert Harward, the deputy commander of CentCom, and needed the mayor's help "with the potential crises we'll be dealing with."
"If it involves the radio station, we are working on it," Buckhorn replied.
"They asked me to get involved, like I did when it happened with the Pastor last year," she emailed back.
"This Bubba the Love Sponge is a complete moron," Buckhorn told her in response.
The Koran-burning never took place.
One thing that comes through in many of Kelley's emails is how chummy she is with top generals.
A month after the threatened Koran burning, she invited Buckhorn to a noontime reception, hosted by Harward, being held in her honor at MacDill.
And in October 2011 she invited Buckhorn and his family to her daughter's sixth birthday party.
Buckhorn begged off, saying his daughters had swim meets that day, though he added: "would definitely rather be lounging on Bayshore with an adult beverage."
"I agree!" Kelley said, and then added a note referring to Petraeus. "I'll be sure to send the Director your regards should be another fabulous weekend in DC."
here is one:
"Buckhorn also heard from Kelley, who said she had just gotten off a phone call with Gen. Allen and Vice Adm. Robert Harward, the deputy commander of CentCom, and needed the mayor's help "with the potential crises we'll be dealing with...."They asked me to get involved, like I did when it happened with the Pastor last year," she emailed back. "
Also,Jill whining about her 911 calls being given to the public.
Tampa’s Korea-American community says they don’t know Jill Kelley despite her consular status
Reached by phone, Crist said: "Please, honey. She may have man hands, but she's still a female. Charlie don't play that."
This woman strikes me as someone who desperately wants to be part of the elite government class. She wanted to be connected, able to brag about and draw on favors from those connections. We look at that sort of desire as petty and turn our noses up but other than that I can’t see what she did wrong in this, or why her whole life needs to be dragged through the mud.
For those of you in Tampa
Saw a tweet claiming Bubba the Love Sponge is circling Kelley’s house blaring a tune.
Dont know if a joke or what given that A GENERAL asked Kelley to intervene with a Bubba The Love Sponge issue.
there are a lot of FINANCIAL issues.
Yes, her family needs to be looked at closely given that people like Gerald Harrington loan them 300,000. Michael Boone- 600,000
Oh, and Jill ran a bogus charity out of her house.
So where did the start up money of 157,000 come from?
And you have high ranking Generals sending letters to a court that thinks Natalie has mental issues . Her ex-husband has strong connections. Paul G Wolfe is his father. Grayson worked for the Former House Impeachment manager during Lewinsky.
These girls need to be looked at closely to see if they are a security risk.
All this stuff being out there is to divert attention from Benghazi. Leave this crap for the people who watch “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
Oh and I might add she tried to sell her services using her connections to Petraeus - and her honorary consul position - for 80 MILLION dollars.
No way. Everyone here should be looking closely at them to figure out who is pulling their strings. Something is very fishy about them. And it always seems the trails from Obama lead to Lebanon.
Take a look at Paul G Wolfe and Grayson Wolfe. Ex husband and father-in-law.
Were these girls trying to infiltrate????
Bingo. There may be more here than meets the eye.
Or they may be just weird Kardashian wannabes.
But adults should have a close look, as you suggest. Unfortunately USA-first-thinking adults are in short supply at the moment in government.
wow, where did you find that? wonder if ubama was molested as a child, most homosexuals are
Mom’s actually got a prettier, sweeter face and expression than her daughters, I think.
Yes, she’s overweight, but so is a majority of Americans.
“Is Petraeus affair the new Lewinsky scandal? General’s lover and whistleblower friend both turn to Monica aides for legal advice”
Fascinating given Grayson Wolfe (ex-husband of Natalie who has custody of the child because Natalie is unstable according to the court) worked for the House Impeachment manager. Dont know if he worked there during Lewinsky.
Looks like a lot of Lebanese women I know. Is Candy Crowley Lebanese?
What blows my mind is how Petraeus and Allen got sucked into this circle. Always thought Petraeus was one of the adults in the room, an opinion reinforced by a conversation with a buddy who served as a battalion commander alongside Petraeus many years ago. You would think he would have been above this kind of petty BS.
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