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

    Truth be told, I am sure Palin's ego will not be able to let this go unchecked. I may actually buy this book.

    May 24, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  2. Travis

    I would never, under any circumstances, vote for Sarah Palin, but I think she's been through the meat grinder a little too often. She clearly got in over her head when she agreed to run on the McCain ticket back in 2008. She may have been an adequate governor (at least to start off with), but the national scene is just too much for her. That being said, she has brought much of this negative press coverage on herself by turning to a career that is less politics and more punditry. Eventually, this backlash wave of post-Bush fear and resentment that is directed not only at Obama, but pretty much the entire government, will pass as all fads do. Everyone likes to jump on the anti-Establishment bandwagon, and Palin is just one of the more vocal riders of that wagon. Just ignore her, let her slide into obscurity, and don't let her influence the foolish and ignorant segments of this country any longer.

    May 24, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Ed

    Malox will take care of the fire in the belly.

    May 24, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  4. Thankfully Independent

    ... gee, she's playing the victim again, just like Bailey claims she would. Guess that blows Mr. Crawford's credablity out of the water.

    Guess I have to ask, why is it that only Republicans seem to have disgruntled former employees?

    May 24, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Bessy

    Her aide should have been " terrified ". Anyone with just 1/2 a brain was terrified. I'm sure she loves to play the victim. Her whole life seems to be based on a play. Not a very good one either.

    May 24, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. MB Seattle

    Sarah Palin is not going to run for President. She is just another Fox talking head that still wants a paycheck.

    May 24, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Sebastian

    I can't see Sarah Palin accomplishing anything in life by why of her intellect, being honorable, displaying integrity, showing dedication and commitment, working hard , building a team, building a consensus or motivating or inspiring others.

    She simply is not leadership material.

    And speaking of lacking basic leadership attributes, has Fox dropped Donald Trump yet from their Monday morning segment?

    May 24, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. Dean

    If Frank Bailey's job as a member of the Palin campaign team was to protect, archive, and otherwise manage e-mails that should have been confidential, then why is he using them for financial gain? Accusations of unethical behavior, whether justified or not, ring pretty hollow when you back them up with information you've stolen while in a position of trust. Unless he had a court order that required those e-mails to be made public, Frank Bailey has absolutely no business using them to write a book. I could go on for days criticizing Sarah Palin and her complete lack of leadership fitness, but Bailey is the worst kind of hypocrite. He can say how much he "believed in her" all he wants...he was just there to make money. John Edwards had an aide who did the same thing. Maybe what these guys say about their former bosses is true, maybe not. Either way, selling out the person you claim to believe in makes you the worst form of bottom-feeder. Enjoy your millions, guys. I hope all that money can help you look in the mirror without feeling sick at the sight of your own reflection.

    May 24, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Lori

    Palin is out of her mind if she ever thinks she will be President. She and her white trash family is a disgrace to this country.

    May 24, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    "She loved to play the victim,"

    Thanks, Captain Obvious!

    May 24, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Arkansas Undertaker

    It's about time someone exposed this fraudulent woman for who she really is. m s sick and tied of her and her accusations and lies. Im sick of her playing the victim. And her idioocracy has finally been put on front street. She wants to be the leader of the free world, i think not.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 24, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. The Dude

    Let these northern rednecks take their money and vanish.. Thats all they are in this for. They don't give two sh!ts about America. Remember, this is the family who was involved in an Alaskan group who wants to secede from the union. THEY ARE TRAITORS!

    May 24, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Patrish

    "She loved to play the victim," he said of the possible 2012 candidate for president...." Gee, ya, think? She blames the media, the liberals, the radical environmentalist, Katie Couric, etc. every times she stumbles. What a whiner. I have no doubt there is a great deal of truth in that book! Not that her supports care, she can walk on water as far as they are concerned!

    May 24, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. Brian Dodge

    "...he acted unethically by appropriating account information he was entrusted to protect."
    The ethical thing to do would have been to destroy the emails and cover up the fact that the guv's hubby Todd was pressing him to get Wooten fired – right? On What planet does protecting Palin's peccadillos takes precedence over the truth?

    May 24, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. NW Guy

    There are alot of very talented capable people in the GOP who could help us solve the litany of problems we inherited from the Bush Greenspan era. Unfortunately what was once a great party has been overtaken by circus clowns and novelty acts. Its sad to see what has become of the GOP.

    May 24, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Indy

    I would be hard pressed to buy the book, not because of the person behind the book but because there is nothing about Palin that is worth any excitement. Sarah Palin has had a very rough and breif career in politics and has done nothing noteworthy for the state of Alaska much less the rest of the country. It is well known that she was picked for VP and then it was soon discovered that she was just a ceremonial VP pick because she was not up to par to be a real VP. Her accomplishments as Governor are next to nothing as they are currently overturning many things that she did and she was really only there for one year. She was caught red handed with expense fraud and left office in disgrace so there really is nothing of any value that she has done and I dont need a book to tell me she has really done nothing in her career.

    May 24, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. chuck

    Man she slurps the makeup on, GROSS! If it weren't for Fox news she would be unemployed.I don't need to read the book to know she plays to vicitm. Just like her announcement after Gabby Gifford was shot, all about poor poor Sarah. I wish this wanna be celebrtiy would go away. Stay home and take care of her family.. Maybe if she was an invested mother Bristol wouldn"t be so messed up .She looks creepy after the surgery. Just think -media attention for having sex as a slutty teen and you get fame. Sarah exploted her... for political gain.. Mixed up and money hungry awful mom.

    May 24, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. gord

    wish she would go back to alaska get a chair and watch the russian skys

    May 24, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |

    Nothing new here,.. that we didn't already know about the vapid viper. I guess , according to the Palin apologist, it's ok for Palin to make millions, by writing a couple of garbage books,.. but everyone else is forbidden from doing likewise.

    May 24, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. Stand Up

    'She loved to play the victim'....this right here makes me think Frank Bailey and his book is one big lie. I've watched Palin on TV for sometime now and I have NEVER seen her play the victim.

    Bet the book falls flat on it's face. Perhaps Bailey should go back to the drawing board and come up with something else.

    May 24, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. Bill

    Looks like Bailey has some sort of axe to grind. Oh, and he also sees an opportunity to make a buck at Palin's expense. Bet he was a hell of an aide.

    May 24, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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