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Friday 17 August 2018

Palin's former aide 'to tell all' in new book

One of Sarah Palin's trusted advisers is planning a tell-all book about the former Republican vice presidential candidate, drawing upon thousands of personal emails.

Frank Bailey rose from a campaign volunteer to administration official and figured in the Troopergate scandal that fixated the US public's attention during Mrs Palin's White House bid in 2008.

A preliminary draft of the unpublished book, tentatively called Blind Allegiance To Sarah Palin: A Memoir Of Our Tumultuous Years, has been leaked to reporters, with excerpts making the rounds on the internet.

Ken Morris, who worked with Mr Bailey on the manuscript, said the material was preliminary and not authorised for use.

The New York-based Carol Mann Agency said Mr Bailey and co-writer Jeanne Devon did "tons of research" for the book, which still has no publisher.

Ms Devon, an Alaska blogger, is a frequent critic of former state governor Mrs Palin.





Bitter

Mr Bailey was embroiled in an investigation of Mrs Palin's sacking of her police commissioner over allegations that he would not fire a trooper who had a bitter divorce with Mrs Palin's sister. Mr Bailey, in a recording made public, questioned a state trooper official about why Mrs Palin's former brother-in-law was still employed.

Once Mrs Palin's friend, Mr Bailey is now among her critics.

"Since leaving the governor's office, Frank has been forced to reconsider his actions on Palin's behalf in terms of his deep Christian faith and his allegiance to her as the standard-bearer for the conservative causes he still champions," Ms Mann wrote.

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