Brother of woman at the center of a national scandal speaks out.. so do local supporters

SOUTH TAMPA, Fla. - The brother of a South Tampa woman at the center of a national scandal addressed media Monday afternoon.

"For anybody to say anything defamatory about my sister, to take away from everything she's done and to try to degrade her accomplishments is completely offensive to us," said David Khawan.

Clad in a yellow dress and wearing a large ring on her left hand, Kelley did not speak to media when she left her home on Bayshore Boulevard Monday morning.

Kelley called in the FBI when she received threatening emails from General David Petraeus' mistress and biographer Paula Broadwell.  The emails warned her to stay away from Petraeus.

Kelley, a Tampa socialite, and her husband are close friends of the Petraeus family.  As of now, she has not been romantically linked to the ex CIA director.

"it is not even a thought that there was anything other than a friendship between the Petraeus and the Kelleys," said Aaron Fodiman of Tampa Bay Magazine.

Both Fodiman and Kelley's brother describe her as a dedicated mother and wife.  However, a male neighbor who asked for anonymity called Kelley 'flirtatious.'

On Friday, Petraeus resigned as CIA director.

"In his universe, this moral failing is unacceptable, and renders him unworthy of continuing this position of responsibility of the nation," said retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Nagl.

Meanwhile, Kelley has hired Monica Lewinsky's crisis manager Judy Smith.  She has also retained Abbe Lowell to represent her.  Lowell is known for representing disgraced former Senator John Edwards.

While Broadwell has not publicly commented on her affair with Petraeus, Petraeus' wife of 38 years, Holly, is said to be beyond furious.

Holly moved 24 times along with their two children in order to support her husband's military career.

During her book tour, Broadwell did say the following about Petraeus: "I'm not in love with David Petraeus, but I do think he presents a terrific role model for young people, for executives, for men and women."

Broadwell is married and has two children.

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