Charlie Crist denies he dated Jill Kelley's twin sister
Former Gov. Charlie Crist denied a report Wednesday that he once dated Natalie Khawam, the twin sister of Jill Kelley, who has emerged as a central figure in the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus. However, Crist acknowledged at a news conference Tuesday in Tampa that he knew the Kelley family. "Not well, but I know them," he said. Crist told reporters he knew Natalie Khawam, but never socialized with her one-on-one, denying a report in The Daily Telegraph of England, which quotes "a Republican source." Crist was asked about Petraeus, although the news conference called to discuss a proposal to revise Florida election laws after the state latest's voting fiasco Nov. 6."I think it's a tragedy," he said of the Petraeus case. "My thoughts and my prayers go out to the general's family. This has to be a very difficult time and it's just a sad situation. What else can you say?" Petraeus, the former leader of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, resigned his CIA position after an investigation revealed he had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The affair came to light after Jill Kelley complained about threatening emails she received that investigators said came from Broadwell. Kelley, who lives with her husband, Scott, and three children on Bayshore Boulevard, was known as a fixture at social events involving military brass in Tampa. Crist said that while he was governor he met the Kelleys at a dinner with Petraeus and his wife, Holly, at Bern's Steak House in Tampa. "I was meeting the general and his wife and Jill and Scott Kelley and they were lovely people," he said. "The general was as impressive as you would think he would be." Crist called it, "just an opportunity to welcome him to the Tampa Bay area and our state." Khawam, a 37-year-old lawyer, reportedly called on Petraeus and Marine Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan and a former Tampa resident, for help during a bitter custody battle over her 4-year-old son this year. Both generals reportedly sent supporting letters to overturn a ruling denying her custody, according to The Daily Telegraph. The investigation into the Petraeus case later revealed tens of thousands of pages of emails between Jill Kelley and Allen. Crist said he hasn't been asked by any authorities for help in the investigation.