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.
Or the daughters realize that their looks are their main asset, and spend hours at the gym trying to keep in shape. When they get old enough that being in shape no longer produces benefits, they will look like mom.
They lead to the Palestinians, but that route usually goes through Lebanon. Weren't the Libyan weapons at one point considered to be on their way not to Syria, but to the PLA?
I think there is no way that at least one of these supposed "ditzes" is not a spy or an agent provocatuer. Notice that Jill Kelley was involved in the suppression of Terry Jones, the admittedly flaky pastor in Gainesville, and also of a stunt pulled by a local DJ that involved doing something or another to the Koran.
I also think that Broadwell's message to Kelley, if it was indeed Broadwell who sent it, did not refer to anything sexual but to something that Kelley had been involved in setting up against Petraeus or the other general, perhaps in connection with Benghazi.
Interesting that their status as Muslim Brotherhood lobbyists fails to make the long-winded story.
“She was more than $3 million in debt, records show. She had blown through four jobs in five years and sued a former employer for sex harassment. She had had three failed engagements, left her new husband and moved in with her sister where she quickly began hobnobbing with military brass and others in Tampa’s elite circles”
Petraeus would know about Grayson Wolfe and Paul Wolfe:
Engineering, Technical, and Programmatic Services
Contract Number: N00178-04-D-5056
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP)
Military Sealift Command
Strategic Systems Program (SSP)
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)
Office of Naval Research
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
US Marine Corps
Contract Period of Performance: January 22, 2007 through April 4, 2019 (including award term options)
Program Ceiling: $72 Billion (including award term options)
Available Order Types: CPFF, CPIF, CPAF, FFP, FPIF
He has the contacts through the CIA to know about the Kelleys and Khawams.
So WTH get involves with them AND WRITE LETTERS ON THEIR BEHALF TO A COURT!
So what? Did she bribe someone? Did she break a law? Not as far as I can see; she just likes to borrow a lot and then has trouble paying her bills. She's irresponsible. Got it. Sounds like congress. Except in her case it's none of our business and has nothing to do with Petraeus. Still don't see why she ought to be subjected to a tabloid style rectal exam.
If you can’t see the importance to look at the financial issues of someone that closely connected to TOP GENERALS and CIA...well then I can’t explain it to you.
Maybe you can start to get the idea of why we should look closely at these twins with this article
You guys act like it is uncommon for people to cultivate relationships with their elected officials. It happens everyday and there is nothing wrong with it... UNLESS you start asking for special favors. In my estimation, having a boatload of reporters on your lawn and not being able to get out of your home is a crisis I could not imagine. But that’s just me.
Flat broke Kelley’s in DC at a British Embassy party
“The sisters are also believed to have attended the farewell party for Sir Nigel Sheinwald, the former British ambassador to the US, in Washington last year. Peter King, a Republican congressman for New York who was at the event, told CNN yesterday that he had met Mrs Kelley at “one or two events at the British embassy”. An embassy spokesman declined to check, saying that it would take too much time.”
Atleast her head and neck are straight.
We have to see the dad to know if it is a genetic defect ;-)
It would be funny to see a documentary on a small village in Lebanon where everyone has a tilted head.
Actually a character straight out ot the Simpsons
FUN Fact: "Jill" is short for Gilberte
Come on is $80 million to help Ol' Gil too much to ask?"
kelley has just now been sued in September for Wrongful death.
FUN Fact: "Jill" is short for Gilberte
And speaking of characters, I'll bet the pronounciation is pretty close to the way Gilbert Fontaine De la Tour D'Haute Rive pronounces his first name.
The dated Charlie Crist innuendo was a ringer...AS IF. Crist had any interest in the opposite sex.
This Marcelle Khawam?
Is that Phillips and Burns the debt collector?
Btw,did you find out info on Michael Boone who loaned natalie 600,000
Yeah, that Crist rumor was the most far fetched thing about the Twins ;-)
Alas, it’s a salacious red herring.
Wow, outstanding article, Thank you RummyChick for your tireless efforts in helping put this together. The more we learn the more disturbing it becomes. I am amazed at the access these twin tarts had to so many powerful individuals and her friendship with Holly (to me) is being downplayed.
It could very well be that Broadwell did us a great service.
WHO in State approved this? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Jill Kelley (inset), the south Tampa socialite who touched off a scandal that took down CIA director David Petraeus, didn’t exactly impress the leader of the Henry B. Plant Museum Board in the three years after then-Mayor Pam Iorio appointed her.
I am awaiting Bubba’s song on Youtube
TAMPA Does Bubba the Love Sponge Clem have anything to say about Mayor Bob Buckhorn calling him a “complete moron” in an e-mail to south Tampa socialite Jill Kelley?
Does he ever.
“For Bob Buckhorn to call me a moron? I mean, are you kidding me? Let’s talk about moron status,” he told the Tampa Bay Times.
Clem slammed red light cameras as a public “shake-down” and mocked the six-foot rule Buckhorn pushed years ago to keep performing strippers that far from patrons. He also criticized the mayor for officially honoring his radio rival Todd “MJ” Schnitt.
“At the end of the day, you wouldn’t hear any of this nonsense from Pam Iorio,” Clem said of the former mayor. “She was calculated. She didn’t call names. She didn’t get voted on a whim.”
Jill Kelley contacted Buckhorn earlier this year, saying then-CIA director David Petraeus and General John Allen were emailing her about a plan Clem had to “deep fat fry” the Koran, and “getting this dealt with.” She said she expected a call from Afghanistan from Allen to discuss a next step.
Clem said the officials that got him to stop it were his lawyer and the heads of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Tampa Police Department, but “probably, she did get intel to have me stop it, and that’s the problem itself.”
A Bubba’s Army truck circled the Bayshore Boulevard block of the Kelley home for about a half-hour this morning, pumping a parody to the tune of Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus’’ about Petraeus.
“I hope Bob Buckhorn gets looped into it,” Clem said of the scandal.
“This guy is a joke. He’s messing with the wrong guy, and I will make it my mission to destroy this guy. I am his political death sentence...
“Unless he apologizes to me and gives me a key to the city.”
Well isn’t that interesting. There was no place this girl didn’t go.