The book won’t be out until Tuesday, but Sarah Palin’s team is already pushing back hard against former aide Frank Bailey’s “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,” telling POLITICO that the purported tell-all “belongs on the fiction shelves.”
In their first comments about the book since several media outlets obtained a leaked manuscript in February, two sources close to Palin disputed several of the anecdotes in the book, including his claims of illegal coordination with the Republican Governors Association and that he has seen Palin’s deposition in the so-called “Troopergate” case, which is sealed. Palin’s camp also insists that some of the Palin emails printed in the manuscript are framed to distort events — for example, the emails Bailey includes to show the former Alaska governor’s reaction to her oldest daughter’s pregnancy are about rumors that circulated before Bristol actually became pregnant.
Palin aides also pointed to previous ethics charges against Bailey during his service to the ex-governor’s administration, as well as an ongoing investigation by the state attorney general’s office over the emails Bailey included in the book. Additionally, SarahPAC spokesman Tim Crawford highlighted Bailey’s book cover, which is a modified image. The original photo was of Palin standing next to other governors at an RGA event, not next to Bailey.
“Frank Bailey was the only member of the Palin administration to be found to have acted unethically – twice,” Crawford said. “He is currently under investigation again by the state attorney general. Then, as the administrator of certain email accounts, he acted unethically by appropriating account information he was entrusted to protect.”
“Gov. Palin suspended Bailey and refused to hire Bailey when he sought a position on her vice presidential campaign staff and later with SarahPAC. Mr. Bailey has an axe to grind and abandoned truth in his book. The cover of the book tells this story, two completely different photos twisted and Photoshopped to create a fraudulent image. The book belongs on the fiction shelves.”
Bailey based much of his book on emails between Palin and her aides from during her time as governor. Palin’s team did not provide any evidence that the emails Bailey pointed to in the leaked manuscripts are doctored or inaccurate, saying that the former governor did not hang on to roughly 60,000 emails that Bailey had access to as a member of her staff. But they contend that Bailey is a disgruntled former staffer with an axe to grind and motivated by the ability to make money.
Both Crawford and another Palin source told POLITICO that Bailey tried unsuccessfully to secure a job with SarahPAC.
Bailey co-wrote the book with two bloggers from the anti-Palin site Mudflats and struggled to get the 456-page manuscript published before it was leaked to the media. Prior to writing the book with bloggers Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon, Bailey approached now-Palin aide Rebecca Mansour about writing the book. Mansour, then a blogger for the Palin fan site conservatives4Palin, turned him down.
Update by Doug: As we’ve noted multiple times in the past, there’s ample reason to conclude beyond a shadow of a doubt that Bailey’s rantings are a figment of his imagination, and belong on the fiction shelves as indicated above. But one thing in today’s AP story caused me to laugh out loud when I read it (emphasis added):
Bailey dismisses any suggestion he’s disgruntled or bitter; he said he got a front-row seat to state and national politics and was able to recommend judges and set up "hundreds" of board positions. "Yeah, there were some tough, tough times but hopefully I’ve learned from some of that," he said. "Time will tell."
He said he has no ill feelings toward Palin, with whom he says he hasn’t spoken since the fall of 2009.
Er…sure, Champ. You’re not "disgruntled or bitter", and have "no ill feelings" toward Governor Palin so, naturally, you go to the neurotic, Palin-hating nut jobs at Mudflats to ghost write your story. Heh! I think a slight addendum is in order: The Mudflats/Bailey book certainly belongs on the fiction shelves but, more specifically, in the fantasy category.
Update II by Doug: This whole Frank Bailey/Mudflats saga just keeps getting more and more bizarre. Andy Barr just clarified his Politico story to elaborate on the ending to his piece in which he wrote that Bailey had initially approached C4P co-founder Rebecca Mansour, currently with SarahPac, to ghost write his book. When Bailey pitched the book to Mansour, it was to be a positive account of Governor Palin (emphasis mine):
Bailey co-wrote the book with two bloggers from the anti-Palin site Mudflats and struggled to get the 456-page manuscript published before it was leaked to the media. Prior to writing the book with bloggers Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon, Bailey approached now-Palin aide Rebecca Mansour about writing what book. Mansour, then a blogger for the Palin fan site conservatives4Palin, turned him down — though she says at that point, Bailey pitched it as a positive account of the former governor.
Eh? Let’s see if we can make some sense of this latest revelation. Bailey claims he could "never forgive himself" if he didn’t write an anti-Palin book with Palin-hater Jeanne Devon…after having his pitch to write a pro-Palin book turned down by Rebecca Mansour. This destroys whatever credibility Bailey may have ever had, no? Can someone explain to me why anyone should believe anything this guy says? Sometimes this stuff just writes itself.