Paula Broadwell, the newly famous author of a book on former CIA director David Petraeus, might want want to take a cue from Jill Kelly — the alleged recipient of those unpleasant e-mails — when it comes to Damage Control 101.
Kelly, who Broadwell may have been concerned was the general’s other “other woman,” has already lawyered up with renowned defense lawyer Abbe Lowell — former clients include John Edwards, former representative Gary Condit (in the Chandra Levy investigation), Bill Clinton during impeachment days and Loop Favorite/disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Kelly also hired famous crisis management guru Judy Smith of Monica Lewinsky and BP (the oil spill company) fame to handle any media fallout.
But it appears Broadwell has yet to set up a team, though she’s hired veteran Washington criminal defense lawyer Bob Muse.
Secondly, she’s likely known for months of potential trouble via the FBI investigation, but nonetheless had a birthday dinner last week at the superb — and very, very expensive — Inn at Little Washington.
Broadwell, on the board of directors at the educational and training institute, had “unprecedented access to one of America’s most acclaimed leaders,” the bio says, referring to Petraeus, and she was “at his elbow in a war zone.”
And then: “Broadwell embedded with the general, his headquarters staff, and his soldiers.” Oh dear.
Please. Just changing a few words would certainly help.
On the other hand, Broadwell’s book is apparently faring well on Amazon’s best-seller list. On Saturday afternoon, it was No. 93 for all books, No. 1 for books on the military and the Middle East and No. 5 for biographies, though by Monday morning had settled down to No. 139 for all books.