The Petraeus Scandal Ruined More Than One Political Career

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In this Jan. 15, 2012 photo, Paula Broadwell, author of the David Petraeus biography "All In," poses for photos in Charlotte, N.C. Petraeus, the retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 as director of the CIA, admitting to an extramarital affair. Petraeus carried on the affair with Broadwell, according to several U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation. (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, T. Ortega Gaines) LOCAL TV OUT (WSOC, WBTV, WCNC, WCCB); LOCAL PRINT OUT (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL, CREATIVE LOAFLING, CHARLOTTE WEEKLY, MECHLENBURG TIMES, CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE, CHARLOTTE PARENTS) LOCAL RADIO OUT (WBT)
Paula Broadwell. Photo: T. Ortega Gaines

Despite his Shermanesque responses, David Petraeus wasn't able to convince the world that he wouldn't be running for office until he resigned in disgrace earlier this month. Now the Post reports that Paula Broadwell's political career was also nipped in the bud by the discovery of their affair. In the spring Broadwell was trying to leverage her book into a new gig, and considered a variety of options including forming a production company, becoming a TV contributor, or branding herself as a fitness expert. “She also said she was considering potentially running for office, and many people had come to her about that. She said she had gotten requests from both parties to consider running for office," says a source. Imagine how much messier the Pentagon of Love would have been if it had involved Senator Broadwell.