Palin Politics, Family Inseparable

Alaska Gov. defends, depends on her family in all aspects of her career
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2008 3:10 PM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, is joined by her family on stage after her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.    (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, file)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin slides seamlessly from perfectly coiffed GOP attack dog to doting hockey mom —so just what is life in the Palin clan like? “Sarah Barracuda” has always intertwined her family and her political life, the Washington Post reports, from her working-mom, Wal-Mart-shopper image to her husband’s "First Dude" hands-on role in the governor’s office.

Palin’s children rarely miss a photo op, and Todd Palin’s championship-snowmobiler status gave the family plenty of down-home cred. But those who land on the wrong side of her values can expect quick vengeance: she once fired an aide who had an affair with the wife of her husband’s friend. "When you fall out of favor with Palin, it's a pretty quick off-with-your-head," the former aide says. (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)