Report: Ex-aide slams Palin in leaked book
February 21st, 2011
08:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Report: Ex-aide slams Palin in leaked book

(CNN) – An upcoming tell-all on Sarah Palin authored by a former top aide alleges the Republican firebrand despised her job as governor and broke campaign election laws in 2006.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, a 500-page manuscript authored by Frank Bailey was leaked to several Alaska media organizations over the weekend.

The book reportedly describes a Palin deeply exasperated with her political opponents and the heightened attacks she faced after being tapped to be the GOP vice presidential nominee in 2008.

"I hate this damn job," Bailey says Palin wrote in an e-mail to him shortly before her resignation in the summer of 2009.

The yet-to-be-published book was leaked to the media and widely circulated over the weekend. It also alleges Palin flagrantly violated campaign law when she closely collaborated with the Republican Governor's Association on a campaign ad in 2006. Because of the RGA's status as a 527 organization, the group can only support candidates independently and are barred from coordinating on strategy.

According to the Daily News, Bailey joined Palin's political team in 2006 and had been in her in her circle until her resignation as governor. He had previously declined all media requests regarding his perceptions of his former boss.

The book was also written by Jeanne Devon, a longtime critic of the former governor who publishes the anti-Palin blog Mudflats, and California author Ken Morris, who has written anti-Palin articles on his own website.

In a posting on Mudflats Friday, Devon writes she is "shock and horrified" that the book has been leaked to the media.

"The toothpaste is out of the tube as they say," she wrote. "So, now there's a little intrigue added to this story, which we certainly would not have chosen, and the consequences of which are yet to be known."

Morris also expressed similar outrage: "One thing I'd like to be very clear about is that the leak was not in any way approved, and the team will protect our rights in the material to the fullest extent of the law. We will seek all legal recourse available against those responsible and those that continue the unauthorized spread of the content," he said.

Pam Pryor, a spokesman for Palin's PAC, told the Anchorage Daily News she did not expect Palin would respond to "this kind of untruth."

Another Palin spokesperson has not responded to CNN's request for comment.

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  1. Consider This...

    CNN, continue entertaining us with these stories about Train Wreck Sarah. In these difficult times she is one of the only laughs I have these days. She can rival any "soap opra" on tv.

    February 21, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. taffd

    this is a woman who has become addicted to looking pretty,being the center of attention, and surrounding herself with "yes" people who hang on her every word. The one thing she doesn't like is simple day to day work which being governor demanded. The media keep this monster fed, and she'll be around as long as there's a camera to take her picture or a huge paycheck for spewing some employee's words. If,(God forbid) she became president, the job would destroy her the first time she had to actually think on her feet. The press meetings wouldn't be controlled, and she would have to answer much more difficult questions than "have you read any books ".

    February 21, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Vet

    Opps, now he done put mama grizzley in her usual attack mode, the truth about to flow and dang, it hurts,I wonder what her tea people followers will think when the smoke screen is lifted from their idol!!

    February 21, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Former Republican - Now Independent

    I suspect that Ms. Palin is uncomfortable with any position in which she: (1) is accountable to others; (2) must produce measurable results; (3) must actually work.

    February 21, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. james hairston

    judas sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver. nothing new here, book deal, quick payoff...question will people buy the book?

    February 21, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Richard

    I would say even her base will treat her as a pariah. Her day in the sun is almost up. Keep calm people–soon she won't even be a memory.

    February 21, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. shackdelrio

    Why does anybody actually believe this pea brain is capable of running this country? She couldn't even stay a term as governor of the second smallest populated state.

    February 21, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Catherine

    OMG, line me up. I definitely want to buy this book!!

    February 21, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Crimny

    Seems like Ms. Palin removed herself from the job she hated and is remaking herself as a reality star. Good. If she is a reality star, I can change the channel.

    February 21, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. jim

    I'm not surprised, unfortunately. palin has always struck me as one of the "do as i say, not as i do" genre. so very quick to point fingers, even quicker to make excuses.

    February 21, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Tom

    Well if she hated the Governors job there is no way any thinking Republican should want her to be President.

    February 21, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Freedom1

    Yeah, we knew that. This lady is no more than republican slime.She'll be gone in a couple years and we won't have to look at her mug anymore!

    February 21, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. kds562

    At least this will divert her attention and comments away from the benefits of healthy eating and breast feeding (which she promoted in 2007)

    February 21, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Chris

    So, what's new here? Just the fact that there's written proof she's an idiot?

    February 21, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Ken in NC

    Pam Pryor, a spokesman for Palin's PAC, told the Anchorage Daily News she did not expect Palin would respond to "this kind of untruth."

    That's a crock. It is in her nature. She has to hit back at anyone that takes a swipe at her. As much as she may not want to hit back, Sarah Palin cannot help herself. She has to hit back. Even if she knew she was steping into a political trap, she would still have to hit back. She is not smart enough to realize that her secret of eternal stupidity is out.

    February 21, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Tom

    If Palin hated the job of Governor would you want her to President of our country?

    February 21, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Alex

    I don't believe it! Must be the Lefties bullying the Cuda!

    February 21, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Inside Job

    Palin is an IDIOT

    February 21, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Mikey

    I'm sure she'll blow it off as another liberal and a disgruntled ex employee. Or maybe she'll look at herself in a mirror and see the phony that she really is.

    February 21, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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