DENVER — Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with Gen. David Petraeus appears to have forced his sudden resignation last week as CIA director, also helped Republican state lawmakers raise thousands of dollars by appearing at an event last month.
Broadwell, 40, who is the author of a recent biography of Petraeus, appeared at an Oct. 9 fundraiser, “Celebrating Colorado’s Women Leaders” that was hosted by outgoing House Majority Leader Amy Stephens and GOP Caucus Chair Carole Murray.
“We just were trying to find speakers to bring people to the event,” Murray told FOX31 Denver Monday. “She was high-profile with her book and being a woman, we thought she was the prefect person. We were celebrating leadership, so it seemed like a perfect fit.”
About 100 people attended the event, paying $30 each to meet Broadwell, who didn’t speak all that revealingly about Petraeus, Murray recalled.
“I wish she’d talked more about him, honestly,” said Murray, R-Castle Rock. “She talked in more general terms about leadership. Most of her speech was about that and not about Petraeus. It was very general about what people need to do to lead.”
Broadwell returned to Denver weeks later to give a keynote address at an alumni symposium at the University of Denver; although after intensive news coverage of the speech, the university has removed a video clip of Broadwell’s 40-minute speech from YouTube.
During that speech, Broadwell’s statement about the attacks possibly being waged in an effort to rescue Libyan prisoners who were being held at the Embassy has given rise to concerns among some that she may have been divulging classified information.
Murray also told FOX31 Denver she’s disappointed that Petraeus stepped down.
“I think his stepping down was a matter of honor, not national security,” Murray said.
“I’ve been in public service long enough to realize that politicians and even journalists are people,” she continued. “People are people wherever you find them, and we should not be surprised when people do the right thing or the wrong thing. We’re all just people.”
Murray also echoed complaints from conservatives, already irritated by a perceived lack of coverage of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, that the media has focused too much on news of the affair.
“To focus on an affair and not focus on an embassy that was destroyed and Americans who were killed is lazy journalism,” Murray said.
“That said, I also know, the public likes to hear about salacious information. So a news department has to decide how much to cater to that.”