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City of Tampa releases emails between Jill Kelley and Mayor Bob Buckhorn

5:35 PM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. -- (WTSP) The Tampa socialite involved in the David Petraeus scandal sent emails to the city's mayor inviting him to events on behalf of the military and bragged about a White House visit.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's office released the emails from Jill Kelley to the media on Friday. The FBI said Kelley received threatening emails from Petraeus' mistress, who apparently saw her as a romantic rival.

The chatty and friendly emails to the mayor were sent in 2011 and 2012. In one, Kelley said she was hosting a group of "VIPs" from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal at her house as part of a trade and commerce program.

Another one dated November 8 -- one day before the Petraeus scandal became public -- Kelley says she was at the White House "with my friends in the Administration" the weekend before the election and was "glad" President Obama won re-election.

An Obama administration tells The Associated Press Kelley, in fact, visited the White House a total of three times this year with her sister, twice eating in the Executive Mansion mess.

The official says Kelley and her sister had two "courtesy" meals at the White House mess as guests of a mid-level White House aide. Kelley and her family also received a White House tour. The visits occurred during the past three months.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because those visitor records have not yet been made public.

Back in March, Kelley requested that Buckhorn stop radio show host Bubba the Love Sponge from burning a Koran on his program.

"This Bubba the Love Sponge is a complete moron," Buckhorn remarked in one email.

In more recent emails, Kelley asked Buckhorn for help with the "paparazzi" that have camped outside her Tampa mansion since the scandal broke.

"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."

Click here to read the emails.

WTSP, Associated Press

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