The #Petraeus case has rallied 2 powerhouses who competed in the Gary Condit/Chandra Levy mess more than a decade ago.
In another example of what a small world D.C. law can be, Attorney Abbe Lowell and p.r. whiz Judy Smith have been retained by the Florida woman who says she received harassing e-mails from David Petraeus's one-time mistress, Paula Broadwell. The woman, Jill Kelley, and her husband Scott hired Lowell and Smith, who have already put out a statement on the couple's behalf.
Exactly why the Florida couple would feel a need to hire a criminal defense attorney with a strong political pedigree -- that would be Lowell -- is unclear.
Back in 2001, then-congressman Condit hired Lowell to represent him amid questions about his relationship to missing intern Chandra Levy. Lowell did things like subject Condit to a polygraph exam, as a way to show his innocence. Smith, meanwhile, was working the other side of the fence on behalf of the Levy family and their attorney, Billy Martin.