A former Sarah Palin aide has written a scathing tell-all, saying Palin was ready to quit as governor months before she actually resigned and that getting her to meetings like was “nailing Jell-O to a tree.”
Frank Bailey, who worked with Palin from her 2006 gubernatorial campaign until her failed run for vice president in 2008, wrote the book based on tens of thousands of e-mails he kept.
“In 2009, I had the sense if she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent, I could never forgive myself,” Frank Bailey told the Associated Press.
The book, called “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years,” is due out Tuesday.
Here is our list of the top five revelations from the book:
1. It appears Palin didn’t want to do the things governors are supposed to do.
Bailey says Palin continuously canceled events and meetings, which caused her to go through at least 10 schedulers, with few lasting more than months. “Getting Sarah to meetings and events was like nailing Jell-O to a tree,” Bailey said.
2. Palin may have wanted to quit as governor months before she did.
Bailey says Palin told him as early as February 2009 that if she could find the right message to tell Alaskans, she’d “quit tomorrow,” because she was eager to pursue more lucrative opportunities. (She didn’t resign until July 2009.)
3. Palin’s inner circle once viewed her as a savior.
“We looked at her as ... that queen on a horse that could come in and save the state,” Bailey said. “As we started to see that that was not the case, I kept silent and I just kept on working.”
4. Palin’s aides defended her possible ethics violations early on.
Especially Bailey. After Palin allegedly fired her police commissioner because he wouldn’t fire trooper Mike Wooten, who’d had a bitter divorce with Palin’s sister, Bailey was caught on tape questioning a state trooper official about why Wooten was still employed.
5. Palin’s campaign may have violated campaign rules.
Palin’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign allegedly coordinated with the Republican Governors Association, or RGA, in violation of campaign rules. The book describes cameras rolling as Palin strode through the door at an Anchorage hotel “over and over and over,” for an RGA ad.