According to a report in the Anchorage Daily News, a leaked manuscript by one of Sarah Palin‘s closest aides from her time as governor charges that Palin broke state election law in her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and was consumed by petty grievances up until she resigned.
The News, which says it obtained a leaked copy of the manuscript Friday, describes the book by Frank Bailey “opens with an account of Palin sending Bailey a message saying ‘I hate this damn job’ shortly before she resigned as Alaska’s governor in July 2009.” The manuscript, the paper says, “goes on for nearly 500 pages, a mixture of analysis, gossip and allegation.”
Among the charges in the book, tentatively titled “In Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years,” are that Palin attacked opponents “in coordinated attacks, utilizing what we called ‘Fox News surrogates,’ friendly blogs, ghost-written op-eds, media opinion polls (that we often rigged), letters to editors, and carefully edited speeches.”
The manuscript also accuses Palin’s campaign of working with the Republican Governors’ Association on a campaign ad in violation of election law:
In his book, Bailey says the allegation was true. Palin and her aides marched along the block in front of the hotel again and again in order to allow a camera operator to capture footage for the ad, he said. “(Palin aide) Kris Perry, when orchestrating that nutty- parade at the hotel, was following the directions of the RGA cameraman and/or whomever he was working for,” Bailey wrote.
“Far worse, Sarah conducted multiple takes and knew exactly what was happening. She had, I suddenly believed, broken the law,” Bailey wrote.
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