The City of Tampa has released a stack of e-mails showing a year and a half of communication between Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Jill Kelley, one of the women at the center of the scandal involving CIA Director David Petraeus.
Most of the e-mails involve Kelley, a well-known socialite in Tampa military circles, inviting Buckhorn to various parties involving local and foreign dignitaries. In most cases, Buckhorn declines the invitations.
However, after the scandal broke this week, Kelley asked the mayor to help remove the media that have camped outside her home. She told Buckhorn she has been receiving threats, writing on Nov. 14, “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.”
Mayor Buckhorn told ABC Action News he did not intervene.
"The media was on the sidewalk. It was public property. There’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing I would do. This is a situation of her own making, and we’re just bystanders,” Buckhorn said.
Asked about the nature of his communication with Kelley, Buckhorn said, “It’s one of the many thousands of acquaintances I have. She’s been helpful to the military, and it’s unfortunate that there are a lot of lives that are being destroyed as a result of this whole thing.”
Kelley also appears to criticize Paula Broadwell, the woman who reportedly had an affair with Petraeus and whose e-mails about Kelley reportedly led to the FBI investigation.
Referring to the media coverage of the incident, Kelley wrote, “I wouldn’t care- if they got the facts right and focus on the criminal that stalked all of us. But the truth will one day prevail.”
In the e-mails to the mayor, Kelley repeatedly references her friendship with Petraeus and Gen. John Allen. She mentions phone calls and dinners with them, as well as an instance in March in which she claims they e-mailed her to take action when local radio host Bubba The Love Sponge proposed destroying a copy of the Koran.
On March 7, she wrote to the mayor, “I have Petraeus and Allen both e-mailing me about getting this dealt with. I’m considering having my First Amendment lawyer filing a suit against Bubba.”
The Mayor referred to Bubba as a “moron” in one e-mail, but in an interview Friday, downplayed any dispute with the radio host.
“My only concern in this whole process is that the relationship between MacDill Air Force Base and the City of Tampa not be damaged,” Buckhorn said.
ABC News reported a claim by an energy company CEO that Kelley attempted to use Petraeus’ name to broker a $4 billion dollar deal with the South Korean government. TransGas CEO Adam Victor also claims the deal died when Kelley asked for an $80 million dollar commission.
ABC News has also learned Kelley and her family members visited the White House three times, though she reportedly did not meet with the President or senior officials.
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