Former Sarah Palin Aide Planning Tell-All Book

Something tells me this will be cable news fodder for weeks when it comes out:

JUNEAU, Alaska – One of Sarah Palin’s trusted advisers is planning a tell-all memoir, drawing upon thousands of personal e-mails during his time with the former Alaska governor to paint what his agent calls an expose of the inner workings of her operation.

Frank Bailey rose from a campaign volunteer to administration official and figure in the “Troopergate” scandal that fixated the public’s attention during Palin’s vice presidential bid in 2008. A preliminary draft of the unpublished book, tentatively called “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years,” was leaked to reporters, with excerpts making the rounds on the Internet.

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Ken Morris, a California-based writer who worked with Baileyon the manuscript, said in an e-mail that the material is preliminary, subject to copyright protections and not authorized for use.

The New York-based Carol Mann Agency, in an e-mail promoting the manuscript, said the “revelations and insights” that Bailey offers “are more necessary than ever, as the public will seek to learn as much as possible about the woman who seems to have her sights set on the national stage.”

The agency referred calls to Morris, who said that he, Bailey and co-writer Jeanne Devon did “tons of research” for the book, which still has no publisher. Devon, an Alaska blogger, is a frequent critic of Palin.

Morris said he believes the manuscript paints an accurate portrait of Palin but declined to elaborate. “I think we should leave it at that,” he said.

The manuscript, which Morris said is subject to change and “may not materially reflect the eventual product,” states that Palin, before resigning partway through her first term, wrote to Bailey and another aide, “I hate this damn job.”

Yea, this will end well.

FILED UNDER: Politicians, Quick Takes, Sarah Palin, US Politics
Doug Mataconis
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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. J. Stephen says:

    Unless there is a very conspicuous bombshell or two (e.g., she rapes puppies), I doubt this book is going to change very many minds about her. People’s opinions about her (both ways) are already cast in quick-set concrete

  2. Wiley Stoner says:

    Wonder how much he is being paid and by whom? Oddly, most of us have stated we hated our jobs from time to time. It becomes headline news to Palin haters when she says it.

  3. jwest says:

    I wonder if this book will actually help Palin.

    Bailey, a strident anti-abortion advocate, joined the Palin campaign because he believed she thought the same way he did. Although Palin is unapologetically pro-life, she appointed Superior Court Judge Morgan Christen, a person with a sterling record and unimpeachable credentials, to the Alaska Supreme Court. Christen, apparently, is pro-choice.

    Nothing sets off an activist more than feeling the object of their admiration betrayed their core cause. Bailey mistakenly thought that Christen was the judge in the Troopergate custody case and insisted it would be a conflict of interest to appoint her. Christen didn’t take any part in the action.

    Making this appointment angered the Alaska Family Council, which was working on an initiative to outlaw teen abortions in Alaska.

    By bringing this part of Palin’s past decisions to light, Bailey’s book may help show that Palin separated her religious beliefs from her duties as Governor and acted in the best interests of the citizens.

  4. anjin-san says:

    > Bailey’s book may help show that Palin separated her religious beliefs from her duties as Governor and acted in the best interests of the citizens.

    Wow. In one instance, Palin actually did her duty? I can see why you are so blown away…

  5. jwest says:

    Anjin-san,

    You’ve got to admit, this isn’t exactly the type of information that you or Doug want out in the open. It doesn’t fit the template too well, does it?

  6. jwest says:

    Just to expand a little, I’ve also mentioned in the past another occasion when Palin acted on behalf of the citizens in Alaska.

    In probably the most unreported story of her career, Palin was appointed to the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission by then Governor Frank Murkowski. He appointed her to the chairmanship of the commission for the sole reason that members were barred by law from discussing in public anything that pertained to matters of ethics, conflicts of interest or other illegalities concerning the regulated oil companies or state officials.

    All this mother of four had to do in order to collect her six-figure salary every year was to keep her mouth shut and go along with the status quo.

    If she saw something that she felt was unethical, illegal or simply damaging to her political enemies, she could have quietly leaked it to the press, as so many other government officials have done in the past. Instead, Palin resigned her position on the commission and exposed the self-dealing between the oil companies and members of her own party.

    All this occurred while Barack Obama arranged a mortgage and land deal with Tony Rezko and Michelle took a $350,000/year job that didn’t exist before and disappeared as soon as she left.

    Quite a contrast.

  7. anjin-san says:

    > You’ve got to admit, this isn’t exactly the type of information that you or Doug want out in the open. It doesn’t fit the template too well, does it?

    No, I don’t have to admit that. Like I said, on this occasion, she apparently did her duty. The fact that you think Palin actually doing her job is deserving of special recognition speaks volumes. I encourage you to put full page ads in national magazine to highlight this issue. .

  8. anjin-san says:

    > I’ve also mentioned in the past another occasion when Palin acted on behalf of the citizens in Alaska.

    Gee, there are two? I don’t know how to break it to you, but Palin was getting paid to act on behalf of the citizens of Alaska EVERY day.

  9. jwest says:

    Angin-san,

    I expected you would have given examples of Barack Obama’s selfless acts on behalf of the public, to compare and contrast Palin’s record. Surely, somewhere there must be a record of Obama exposing corruption in the democrat party, given his proximity to one of the most celebrated centers of back-scratching self dealing.

    Or perhaps Obama’s accomplishments are more of what he intends as opposed to his record of actions.

    Why don’t we join forces to promote Obama for the Congressional Medal of Honor? He’s just as qualified for it as he was for the Nobel Prize, and no one would deny that, if given the circumstances, he would throw himself on a live grenade to save his compatriots. As we all know, it’s one’s intentions that matter, not the actual action. Why wait to give someone an award he so richly deserves?

  10. anjin-san says:

    jwest,

    I can well understand why you would want to change the subject. Palin’s record is truly unimpressive. I am pretty happy that Obama recently took down Obama’s centrifuge program without the disaster of a war with Iran that the right was so eager for. I am please that the GDP is now back at the level it was before the economic train wreck late in Bush’s term. Ditto the stock market.

    Many of the American corporations that were on the brink of failure as Bush left office are now highly profitable and flush with cash. GM had the biggest IPO in history, and the IPO pipeline in general is starting to look pretty good. I don’t think Obama has been selfless, but he does show up every day and earn his pay.

    Anyway, back to you, the two times Palin did her job, and your (very!) weak sarcasm.

  11. anjin-san says:

    > . I am pretty happy that Obama recently took down Obama’s centrifuge program

    Really miss the preview feature. Obama took down Iran’s centrifuge program. Funny, the right has been deathly silent on that one…

  12. Tom says:

    Palin’s puppets will not be swayed. She could lead them over a cliff.