In March 2012, a Tampa shock jock called Bubba the Love Sponge announced he was going to “deep fat fry” a Koran as a stunt. Kelley wrote the city’s mayor saying that Petraeus, then CIA Director, and Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, had asked her about “getting this dealt with.” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn responded that the city was “working on it,”. Buckhorn also wrote “This Bubba the Love Sponge is a complete moron.”
“OK keep me in the loop,” Kelley wrote. “Gen Allen will be calling me from Afghanistan at 1 p.m on this — and our next step,” she said.
Bubba the Love Sponge never deep-fried the Koran but, displeased over being called a “moron,” the DJ drove his truck in front of the Kelley house for a half-hour, pumping a parody to the tune of Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus” with the lyrics changed to “Petraeus.” He also credited Kelley’s role in getting him to stand down on the Koran burning.
“Probably she did get Intel to have me stop it, and that’s the problem itself.”