Ex-aide blasts Palin in new book: 'She loved to play the victim'
May 24th, 2011
07:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Ex-aide blasts Palin in new book: 'She loved to play the victim'

(CNN)- A former aide to Sarah Palin slammed the ex-chief executive in the scorching new tell-all, "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years," out Tuesday.

Frank Bailey, who began working for the former governor of Alaska during her successful 2006 gubernatorial campaign and stayed through her failed bid for vice president, told CNN that he was "terrified" of the potential for her to become the nation's second-in-command.

Bailey lamented Palin's leadership during the interview stating, "Her leadership style was absolutely chaotic."

"When she got tapped for vice president I was absolutely overjoyed in one sense and on the other sense absolutely terrified."

"She loved to play the victim," he said of the possible 2012 candidate for president. "What's sad is that people who believed [in her] like I did…they fall for that and don't ask tough questions."

SarahPAC adviser and Palin supporter Tim Crawford fired back in a written statement. "Mr. Bailey has an axe to grind and abandoned truth in his book."

Palin has not officially announced whether she will seek the GOP nomination for president, but recently admitted that she continues to have the "fire in the belly" to run.

But Bailey countered that she lost the fire to serve as governor as her term drew to a close.

"Very soon after the presidential election in 2008 I think she honestly just got tired of her time as governor; some important business in the state of Alaska just got brushed aside," he said.

"Being Alaska's governor, what Alaskans entrusted her to do, was just second rate for her," Bailey stated.

Crawford also questioned Bailey's credibility to recount the events leading to Palin's resignation. "Frank Bailey was the only member of the Palin administration to be found to have acted unethically - twice" he said. He is currently under investigation again by the state attorney general. Then, as the administrator of certain email accounts, he acted unethically by appropriating account information he was entrusted to protect."

Bailey acknowledged his own wrongdoing during the interview. "There are many owning moments in this book, there are things that I deeply regret that I did…I think Palin is wanting to veer the discussion away from the factual things."

And while Crawford said that the book "belongs on the fiction shelves," Bailey retorted that "there's a lot of stuff in that statement that is just factually false."

Bailey's book is largely based on e-mails he kept while working for Palin.

According to the Alaska governor's office, Bailey was placed on administrative leave from his job as the Director of Boards and Commissions in August, 2008, after recordings revealed him questioning a state trooper about why Mike Wooten, Palin's ex-brother-in-law, was still employed. Bailey claims he was prompted by Todd Palin to press for Wooten to be fired.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Roscoe

    There are a lot of laughs here. The statement "as her term drew to a close" is ridiculous. She served about half a term.....not near the close of the term. He was fired for misdeads......following Palin's orders to get rid of her brother in law.

    She is frightening. As a public official, she's a nightmare. Ignorant, self absorbed and digging for cash. She is a loser.

    May 24, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Ptown

    Maybe she will shut up for a while

    May 24, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. sodakhic

    We need some more of that chaotic leadership. She left Alaska with a 12 billion surplus This warmed over Obama catastrophy is leaving us a 14.5 trillion debt.

    May 24, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. lukeliberty

    i was one of those electrified by her nomination acceptance speech in 2008, only to find my support for her heading into a tailspin in the election process. she deserves credit for taking joe biden to a draw in their debate, and that was only after he benefitted from about ten outright false statements. beyond that, she became a caricature, divisive, ideological, and ultimately, tragic. her mama grizzlie thing worked because the ideological wackos running the country don't have common sense, or have it and are ignoring to buy votes. the country would have been served if sarah had the humility to do her homework and sharpen herself as an executive. instead, we get a self-impressed, underqualified, photogenic, divisive ideolog from a demographic underrepresented at the presidential level. we do not need to elect another such person. we did in 2008.

    May 24, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Poor thing. She sure got darn good at it. It's enough to gag a maggot just to listen to the whining. And the screeching. How can anyone stand to be near her?

    May 24, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    We are her victims and the victims of the republican party.

    May 24, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. Russ

    Oh, I'm sure Grizzly Mom is going love this book. I'll bet it sells better than any of hers did. Most likely she is reading it right now to try to come up with responses to all the allegations. Sarah considering entering the GOP field? I think this book may be one of the reasons she hasn't and probably won't. There will be too much damaging information in this book.

    May 24, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. lynn

    When the truth is hard to swallow, slam the truth teller. Palin needs help, but the people who funnel her cash need it worse. Meds might help her self-importance fantasies, but her followers are more than likely the same group that thought last Sat. was the end of the world. Morons all.

    May 24, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. katy Heys

    Who cares about Sarah Palin. We don't need to read a book to tell us what an incompetent, idiot she is.

    May 24, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. D-Nice

    REALLY?? I would have never guessed that Sarah Palin likes playing the victim. In other news, the sky is blue.

    May 24, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. works4me

    This one I may read...

    May 24, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Mr. Bailey should make lots of money entertaining liberals with his stories. They love fiction.

    May 24, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. PhillUranus

    Tea pARTY FAVORITE.

    May 24, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Patrick from Minnesota

    Sarah wouldn't be able to take on any of the responsibilities required for such a high office. For one, bailing just because you feel like it is not an acceptable measure for any politician.

    May 24, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Great headline. "She liked to play the victim". Well, duh! Really? thanks for the explosive, exclusive, breaking news on that one.

    May 24, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Terry Gloege

    I don't believe that Sarah has flaw one. But, I believe in the Easter Bunny and that Sarah actually could see Russia from her front porch.

    May 24, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Jake

    have it on pre-order and cannot wait to read. unfortunately, the author seems just as lame as Palin – but still a first hand account of who she really is!

    May 24, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It ain't nothing but the truth, always play victim to avoid people reconizing how limited you are. Palin has practice this to perfection and it isn't something you learn overnight, it starts from childhood. I give her credit for ability to have learned that much and to get out of dodge when the subjects like deficit and economy arise and then sneak back in when it's simple stuff like name calling like a street thug.

    May 24, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Oh boy, let's sit back and watch the truth get savaged by The Queen of Fake Outrage. And hear the right wing machine cry foul for the brutally unfair treatment by the liberal media upon their symbol. Thing is, The Queen has become tiresome and boring to a record number of people, and it's only going to get worse. Better grab whatever you can, Sarah.

    May 24, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. seneca

    She's a perfect nominee for Republican party for president, that way there won't be a republican president for 20 years.

    May 24, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. SuSu

    I would trust Bailey's word over Palin's or her peons any day. SP is the most bumbling idiot (idiot being the key word here) I've ever seen and she deserves to be run out of our country. If she couldn't complete her term as the gov of Alaska, she certainly could NEVER serve as president of the United States. Please, someone, anyone! Get her outta here!

    May 24, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Tricia AK

    Sarah has always been quick to attack and defend except for now!?! Why no tweets or postings on FB against Bailey?!?! Simple – she's having a hard time trying to find a good way to attack the TRUTH!

    May 24, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. California

    This lady is strong and very smart. This is one reason books are being written to bring her down. Just lies and taking advantage of any profit using her name. It won't work! I just love the way the liberals are terrified of her.

    May 24, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. JN

    What is obviously fact is that Palin always plays the victim and a country showed itself terrified of her potential vice-presidency. Even now her own party shows itself terrified of another run by her for all things, the presidency. Of course, she'll decide not to run and blame it on the "gotcha liberal media." Always the victim.

    May 24, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. My name is Earl

    Palin's 15 minutes were up a long time ago. Please don't waste any more 1 and 0's on her, that's throwing good bits away donchaknow?

    May 24, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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