It now turns out that Natalie Khawam, sister of Jill Kelley – the woman who received peeved emails from CIA Director David Petraeus’ girlfriend, Paula Broadwell – once dated Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Khawam, who was divorced last year, also garnered letters of personal support from Petraeus and four star General John Allen – a man with whom she exchanged some 20,000 to 30,000 emails, many of them reportedly “flirtatious.”
This keeps getting better and better.
According to the UK Telegraph:
Mrs Kelley, a mother-of-three and unpaid “social liaison” for the US military in Tampa, is said to have spared no expense at such parties to honour top brass stationed at nearby US Central Command. She was pictured at one event at her $1.2 million mansion in 2010 with Gen Petraeus, who arrived in a 28-man police motorcycle escort.
Guests at Mrs Kelley’s parties were treated to lavish buffets, drank champagne and puffed on cigars while being entertained by string quartets, according to insider accounts.
Yet she and her husband Scott, a surgeon, were soon being sued for $1.9 million by Central Bank after allegedly failing to keep up with mortgage payments on a house they bought after starting their own property company. A similar $1.8 million property lawsuit from Regions Bank followed soon after.
Later in the year, Regions Bank filed another claim against the Kelleys for $453,000, before Bank of America sued Mrs Kelley for $25,000 in allegedly unpaid credit card charges. All four cases remain open. The banks’ lawyers declined to comment. Mrs Kelley’s attorney did not return a request for comment.
These do not sound like the sorts of people who should be hobnobbing with the director of the CIA.