A blunt, brutal tell-all book by a member of Sarah Palin’s inner circle confirms what many have long suspected about the former Alaska Governor and GOP pop-culture icon.
She’s in it for the money.
Frank Bailey says Palin — who quit her job as Alaska governor before her term ended — actually wanted to leave the job earlier so she could cash in on her rapid ascension to fame as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 Presidential election.
Bailey’s book, “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years,” hits bookstore shelves on Tuesday and portrays her as a self-serving opportunist eager to take the money and run.
Bailey served as director of boards and commissions during Palin’s shortened term as governor and was involved in the controversy over her firing of the state police commissioner when he wouldn’t fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce from the governor’s sister.
The former Palin aide said he saw things that bothered him and had to write the book.
“In 2009 I had the sense if she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent, I could never forgive myself,” Bailey told the Associated Press.
Palin, he writes, lived for revenge against those she felt crossed or wronged her. He also describes her as flighty and unreliable.
“Getting Sarah to meetings and events was like nailing Jell-O to a tree,” Bailey writes in the book. “On the campaign trail and as governor, Sarah went through at least ten schedulers, with few lasting more than months. Nobody wanted the job because Sarah might fail to honor, at the last minute, the smallest commitments, and making excuses for her became a painful burden.”
Bailey’s book is based in large part on email exchanges with Palin during his years with her. The Alaska attorney general’s office is investigating Bailey’s use of emails for the book to see if they violate state laws that bar former public officials from using the communications for personal gain.
Bailey’s attorney says his client was careful to make sure the book did not violate that law.