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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Jill Kelley, the 'other other woman' in the Gen. Petraeus scandal, called the general's mistress a "criminal" in an email to Tampa's mayor while pleading for his intervention in the media circus surrounding the affair.

The office of Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn on Friday released copies of email communications between the mayor and Kelley, the socialite mother of three whose connections to top generals at MacDill Air Force Base became front-page news as the Petraeus investigation expanded.

Petraeus, who was formerly based at MacDill, resigned from the top post at the CIA last week after his affair with Broadwell became public.  It was Kelley's FBI complaint about threatening emails she was receiving that ultimately led investigators to stumble into the affair.

In Kelley's most recent message to the mayor, early Wednesday morning, she complained that the media had "exploited" her name and home.

"I wouldn't care - if they got the facts right and focus on the criminal that stalked all of us.  But the truth will one day prevail," she wrote, apparently referring to Broadwell.

While the FBI did not pursue criminal charges regarding the emails, legal experts have speculated that Broadwell could, in fact, potentially face charges based on the classified information found on her computer.

Meanwhile, according to the documents released by the mayor, communications between he and Kelley reach back to Buckhorn's 2011 inauguration.  The Kelleys threw a party for Buckhorn not long after he took office.

"Really fun time," Mayor Buckhorn email Kelley in a note thanking her for the party and pictures.

But most of the messages after that were one-sided, with Kelley inviting the mayor and his wife to the various parties and events she was hosting at her Bayshore home or elsewhere.  In most cases, the mayor politely declined the invitations.

As recently as last week, Kelley had invited the mayor to a birthday party for her daughter.  In that string of messages, she revealed that she had been to the White House visiting "friends in the Administration."

The tone of the emails changed when the Petraeus scandal broke and Kelley became a central figure.  Tuesday morning, she asked Buckhorn for help with "paparazzi."

"My kids are scared and need their 'home' back," she wrote.

The next morning, in the email calling Broadwell a criminal, she complained about the police department releasing recordings of 911 calls she had made about the media and other people on her property -- which, in Florida, are public record.

"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."

Friday afternoon, Mayor Buckhorn told FOX 13 there's not much he could have done to help Kelley, even if he had wanted to.

"This is a situation of her own making and we are all just bystanders," he offered with a shrug.

Read the emails (PDF): http://www.tampagov.net/paofiles/CorrespondencewithJillKelley.pdf

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