Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, a key figure in the scandal that brought down CIA director Gen. David Petraeus, received the "country’s second-highest honor for a civilian," according to the New York Post. The honor was awarded because of the socialite's “selfless contributions” and “willingness to host engagements.”
Kelley received the honor in March 2011, a year and a half before the career ending Petraeus scandal would emerge.
"Petraeus recommended her for the award while he was commander of Tampa’s US Central Command, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Tampa Tribune," says the Post.
Adm. Mike Mullen, who was then the Joint Chiefs chair, approved it.
Kelley during a Washington, DC, ceremony received a silver medal, lapel pin and a citation for her efforts. Petraeus presented the award, which recognized the Florida socialite’s “outstanding public service to the United States Central Command, the MacDill Air Force Base community and the Department of Defense from October 31, 2008 to May 31, 2010.”
The citation also notes Kelley’s work in “advancing various military endeavors” and her “willingness to host engagements with senior national representatives from more than 60 countries,” according to the Tampa Tribune.
Tampa New Mexico governor Susana Martinez once worked a guard for her parents’ security business and, as she told the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, her father wanted to make sure she could protect herself.
“I carried a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum,” Martinez said. “That gun weighed more than I did!”
Vice President Joe Biden cancelled his scheduled trip to the Republican convention in Tampa because of the threat of bad weather, but that has not stopped a local Hooters restaurant (in nearby Clearwater, Florida) from welcoming him to the area anyway. Here's a picture, which mocks Biden for recently getting his location wrong at a campaign event:
After President Obama's remarks this morning on the tropical storm headed toward New Orleans, a reporter asked whether it's appropriate to continue campaigning. Obama did not answer the shouted question.
But the truth is, the question would be relevant regardless of the storm. For more than three decades, incumbent presidents have resisted campaigning during the opposing party's convention--no matter what party the president was a member of.
Tampa “It’s not a simple question,” a Florida swing voter sitting in the front row tells Republican pollster and focus group host extraordinaire Frank Luntz in response to a question on whether Congress is doing a good job.
“Yes it is,” Luntz sternly replies. “It’s either favorable, neutral, or unfavorable.”
From an undisclosed location in North Tampa For reasons of both security and propriety, the authorities have advised that it would be imprudent to disclose the location of WEEKLY STANDARD world headquarters in Tampa.
The Republican convention will highlight a debt clock, the party announced:
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will unveil tomorrow a national debt clock mounted inside the convention hall of the Tampa Bay Times Forum – a compelling visual reinforcing the desperate need for new fiscal leadership in the White House.
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Tampa during the Republican National Convention, a campaign official confirms.
"Next week, on Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28, Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Tampa area and other cities for campaign events," an Obama campaign official tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "Additional details on the Vice President’s trip are forthcoming."
The Republican National Convention will run from August 27-30 in Tampa.