Friday, December 15, 2017
Politics

Kelley twins crashed a Marco Rubio fundraiser

TAMPA — Apparently Tampa twins Jill Kelley and Natalie Khawam's social calendar extended beyond military parties.

Formerly of Tampa, Republican Angelette Aviles tweeted out a photo Wednesday showing the sisters at a fundraiser with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

Her caption: "JKelley @ our private office Rubio fundraiser. Dress 2 revealing? We never invited her, didn't contribute or greet us!" See it here: twitpic.com/bd8u2s

Alex Conant, a spokesman for Rubio, told the Tampa Bay Times that they met during his 2010 Senate campaign.

"That may have been where that picture was taken," Conant said. "Mrs. Kelley has sent his Senate office invitations to social events, but he hasn't attended any."

Kelley did not contribute to Rubio's campaign.

Aviles said the photo was taken at a March 2010 fundraiser for Rubio in Tampa. The cost was $1,000 a plate.

But the twins didn't pay anything, Aviles said.

"They weren't on the guest list," she told the Times. "They came in, took a photo with him, and left. ... I had no idea who they were."

She still didn't — until this week, when she recognized the women's faces in the news.

Times staff writer Alex Leary contributed to this report.

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