New Tell-All: Palin Happy to Ditch Gov Job for Money

Leaked book by Frank Bailey on sale tomorrow
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 23, 2011 4:45 AM CDT
Updated May 23, 2011 7:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sarah Palin couldn't wait to ditch her job as Alaska governor for a more lucrative future, failed to make commitments, and broke campaign laws. That's a taste of the revelations in a new book penned by former Palin insider Frank Bailey. Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years will finally be available to the public tomorrow. The book, based on tens of thousands of emails Bailey amassed during his time with Palin, was leaked earlier this year by the Anchorage Daily News. Bailey tells AP in a new interview that he could never forgive himself if he stayed silent and Palin made it to the White House.

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Palin was seen as a "breath of fresh air" when she first came on the political scene, says Bailey. "We looked at her as that queen on a horse that could come in and save the state," he adds. "As we started to see that that was not the case, I kept silent and I just kept on working." Bailey was placed on leave after becoming embroiled in Palin's controversial firing of a police commissioner who refused to fire a state trooper involved in an ugly divorce with the governor's sister-in-law. Bailey insisted he was following orders from Palin's husband. "I'm sad at a lot of wasted potential," said Bailey, who believes Palin could have been a better governor. "I certainly don't hate her but I look at a lot of wasted opportunities on her part." (And in other Palin news, Roger Ailes thinks she is an...)

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