CHARLOTTE, NC -- Dilworth neighbors are jumping to the defense of one of their own embroiled in an international scandal.
Paula Broadwell, her husband, and her two kids have been in hiding since Friday when news broke she had an affair with CIA director General David Petraeus, leading to his resignation.
"I hope people see her as a whole person. I mean she is a remarkably accomplished woman," said neighbor Ed Williams.
Broadwell graduated from West Point and Harvard and is a best-selling author. She wrote Petraeus' biography "All In."
Williams said Broadwell had maintained contact with some of her neighbors over the weekend, even gave them her blessing to talk with the media so that her story could be told.
"She said that the family is together, and they're doing okay, and they're in an undisclosed place," Williams said.
As national news outlets camp out outside the Broadwell home, Dilworth has earned the name of "Mistressville U.S.A." by online news website the Daily Beast. It’s a reference to Broadwell and Rielle Hunter, John Edwards’ former mistress who lived 1.5 miles away from Broadwell.
"Now that’s a shame that maybe we're kind of branded, because Dilworth is a lovely area," said Susan Baker, who often walks past the Broadwell home on Mount Vernon Avenue.
Paula's husband, Dr. Scott Broadwell, is a radiologist. Their two kids attend school in Charlotte.
Outside the Broadwell home, written by pressure washer on the sidewalk is "Daddy loves Mom", likely written long before the scandal broke.
It's unclear when the family may return to their Dilworth home, but when they do, neighbors say they'll be ready to support the Broadwells.
"We're the people that know them, and we're the people that love them, and we…will welcome them back when they come," said Williams.