The National Enquirer returns this week to its claim that Sarah Palin had an affair, this time naming the alleged lover as Brad Hanson, a city council member in Palmer (near Wasilla) and former partner of Todd Palin in a snowmobile business. To bolster the claim, the tab now says that "no less than three members of the man’s family including one by sworn affidavit" have reported knowledge of said affair.
A "former family insider" goes on the record describing the affair, which allegedly took place in 1996, in an Enquirer interview. The tab notes that Hanson is, eerily, a Todd lookalike. Palin and Hanson have vigorously denied that they had a relationship, and the McCain campaign has expressed outrage at the smear.
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