In an article describing direct links to Florida’s highest political circles, The Daily Telegraph said a Republican source had told them that Khawam once dated Charlie Crist, the state’s former governor, a Republican source said, while Pam Bondi, its Attorney General and a close ally of Mitt Romney, attended a function at Mrs Kelley’s home.
This report was refuted by The Tampa Bay Times who asked Crist about the allegation. Crist said that he had met Kelley and her husband Scott, and Petreaus and wife Holly for a dinner at Bern’s Steak House. He said Kelley had arranged the dinner. Asked what he thought of Kelley, Crist said: “I think she’s a delightful person.”