One of Sarah Palin’s closest aides from her time as governor leaked a manuscript that mentions Palin broke state election law in her 2006 gubernatorial campaign, and was destroyed by petty grievances up until she resigned.
The unpublished book by Frank Bailey was leaked to the media and widely circulated on Friday.
The manuscript opens with an account of Palin sending Bailey a message: “I hate this damn job,” shortly before she resigned as Alaska’s governor in July 2009, less than three years into her four-year term. The manuscript continues for almost 500 pages, with analysis, gossip and allegation stirred-in. Copies of the manuscript were passed around Alaska political circles on Friday. The Daily News received copies from various sources.
The first from author Joe McGinniss, who is working on his own Palin book. McGinniss had no response to a message asking where he obtained the manuscript and the reason he circulated it.
Bailey, a political insider, joined Palin’s 2006 campaign for governor, became part of her inner circle, and has never before told his version of the Palin story.
Bailey has consistently refused requests for interviews and did so again Friday. The book was co-written with California author Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon of Anchorage, who publishes the popular anti-Palin web site Mudflats.