When a Book is Called “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,” You Can Guess It’s Not a Happy Story

Palin aide Frank Bailey’s scathing new book and finds juicy allegations about Bristol, Troopergate, Newt, and more. Ex-Sarah Palin aide writing ‘chilling’ tell-all book

 When a book is called “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,” you can guess it’s not a happy story.

An imprint of Simon & Schuster announced Monday that it had signed up “Blind Allegiance,” a long-rumored tell-all by former Palin aide Frank Bailey.

The imprint, Howard Books, will release Bailey’s book May 24. Excerpts from an early draft were leaked to reporters earlier this year.

Bailey worked with Palin while she was governor of Alaska and when she was John McCain’s running mate on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008.

Howard Books is calling “Blind Allegiance” a “chilling expose.” Author Ken Morris and Alaska political blogger Jeanne Devon helped write the book.

‘Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin’ will be released May 24


From the Daily Beast:

Among the juicier allegations in Bailey’s unpublished almost 500-page book, titled In Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years and filled with familiar Palin terms like “unflipping believable” and “holy jeeze”:

1) Bailey Quashes Gossip About Trig Palin’s Birth

Although most of the tell-all is incredibly scathing, Bailey—who was not only an administrative staffer but also booked personal travel for the Palin family and worked around the clock to please his boss—aims to put the gossip about Bristol Palin giving birth to Sarah’s fifth child, Trig, to an end. He writes that he visited Sarah Palin at the hospital just hours after Trig was born and spotted Bristol sitting in the waiting room. There is absolutely no way Bristol had just given birth, he says.

2) Palin Used Her Children for Political Gain

Bailey blasts the then-vice presidential candidate for the public announcement of Bristol’s pregnancy. Palin turned her daughter into the most famous pregnant teenager on the planet instead of just letting her have to live with the state of Alaska knowing that she was about to be a unwed mother, he writes. He adds that he does believe Palin loves her children, but he felt that she was using them as political props, especially when she carried baby Trig around with her during the campaign, even on rainy winter evenings.

3) Palin Helps Publicize Rumors About Her Family

A running theme in Bailey’s memoir is Palin’s obsession with righting wrongs she believes have been done to her. He writes that she lasers in on gossip about her and her family, and in her mission to kill the rumors, she makes sure that all of Alaska is aware of allegations. When gossip hit the 49th state that her infant Trig is actually Bristol’s baby, Bailey writes, Palin fired off an email to him, upset that the rumor still had legs. He writes that they did their best to kill the rumor, but it backfired because when they went after their critics in the local media, they ensured that everyone in Alaska now knew about the salacious rumor, when they might not have before.

Bailey also writes that Palin wanted to address in person a blogger Sherry Whitstine who had been commenting on the Anchorage Daily News’ website with accusations that she had an extramarital affair. After a speech she spotted the blogger in the crowd and wanted to confront her directly, despite the presence of other dignitaries and press in the audience. Bailey writes that he believed this was not the best use of a sitting governor’s time.

4) Palin Broke Election Law

Bailey accuses Palin of blatant illegal activity. During her 2006 campaign for governor, Bailey alleges that Palin broke election law by working with the Republican Governors Association to shoot a campaign commercial. State candidates are not legally allowed to work with groups like the RGA, which ran ads at the time on her behalf, though supposedly “independent” of the Palin gubernatorial campaign. The ad showed Palin walking by a hotel in Anchorage, and Bailey says it was an RGA cameraman who shot it while directing the then-candidate to walk back and forth to ensure there was enough footage. Bailey accuses Palin aide Kris Perry of following the RGA cameraman’s directions and that both Palin and Perry knew they were breaking election law. Bailey writes that he had no idea what was happening, although he was also a witness to the filming.

Bailey also writes that Palin skirted the law during the Troopergate affair. (Bailey is perhaps best known publicly for his involvement in the investigation into whether Palin abused her power to push her public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, to fire her former brother-in-law Mike Wooten.) The investigation proved to be a thorn in Palin’s side during the vice-presidential campaign, and in August 2008, right before she became John McCain’s running mate, the administration released a phone call of Bailey pressuring a trooper lieutenant to investigate Wooten. Palin said Bailey had acted without her permission, but Bailey writes that he was just following the wishes of Palin and especially her husband, Todd, who fed him Wooten’s personnel file. Bailey writes of Todd’s obsessive involvement in trying to get Wooten fired, backing up allegations that Todd was acting as “shadow governor” during Palin’s term. Palin has denied any direct involvement.

5) Palin Said She Hated Being Governor

Bailey writes that Palin tired of the everyday grind of governing the state, as well as the constant criticism. On April 28, 2009, 2½ months before she resigned the Alaska governorship, she sent Bailey an email saying, “I hate this damn job.”

6) Palin Supported Mike Huckabee Early in the 2008 Race

John McCain may have catapulted her to stardom, but the Arizona senator did not have Palin’s support in the primary. Instead, she supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. In an email, Palin writes, “Huck’s a good pick for me. Just fyi.”

7) Palin Hates Newt Gingrich

The former House speaker makes an appearance in two parts of Bailey’s book. In 2008, Gingrich is a hero for praising Palin and mentioning her in the veepstakes. The book alleges that while the Palin inner circle was busy working to run the state government, it was also hard at work talking to the “Draft Palin” bloggers and aiming to get their gal on the GOP ticket. However, after the campaign, when Palin didn’t confirm her attendance at a D.C. fundraiser for the Republican congressional campaign committees, they instead asked Gingrich to speak. She responds to the news by bashing him in an email:

“Yes, (Newt/GOP) are egotistical, narrow minded machine goons… but all the more reason God protected me from getting up on stage in front of 5,000 political and media ‘elites’ to praise him, then it be shown across the nation. At some point Newt would have shown his true colors anyway and we would have been devastated having known we’d earlier prostituted ourselves up in front of the country introducing him and acting like that good ol’ rich white guy is the savior of the party.”

Palin’s comments could prove quite awkward if she and Gingrich meet on the 2012 campaign trail.


33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gindy52
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 11:05:19

    As to # 1. Maybe Bristol did not give birth THAT DAY but she could have earlier in the year.
    Bailey says he saw her at the hospital, that may be true, but was she in bed or nursing or just standing around waiting for Trig to be delivered to her by a nurse. Why the hell would Bailey go to the hospital to see her anyway? That makes no sense whatsoever. Why in hell would a political operative visit his boss “hours after she gives birth”. I don’t buy this one little bit. I can see her parents or Todd’s parents and the other kids being ther, but not some outsider.


    • Jessica
      Apr 18, 2011 @ 12:00:37

      Well according to what was “not” said. He didn’t verify that sarah gave birth that day either. 🙂


  2. hfn
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 11:14:58

    If the book is full of lies this man and his publishers will be sued, Ibetcha, by this grifter and her greedy family. Aso not a Christian if she let a black witch hunter Pastor pray over her,to rid her of witches. how can you rid a witch, of witches? It all on you tube,just type in Palins exorcisem. She let evil in and it made a home there.


  3. Sharon
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 11:22:56

    withthe books coming out in May – both from Bailey and Mcginnis and the state finally releasing her emails – she’s probably going to be history as far as any political aspirations. At least we can hope! Can’t wait to read the book. She had this coming and it’s been a long wait for karma to kick her in the ass finally.


    • Stupid is as...
      Apr 18, 2011 @ 14:08:38

      Remember Clinton, Spitzer, Sanford, and pretty much all known politcians? They’ve all be part of nasty dealings. Where are they? Oh that’s right, they’re men. If Sarah were a man, no one would care about this. Also, her actions in the last 5 years would be seen as typical politics.

      Sexism at its finest ladies and gents! Now let’s work on getting Obama’s corrupt ass fired.


    • Syrin
      Apr 22, 2011 @ 15:54:11

      Thank you!


  4. honeybabe1941
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 11:51:01

    one antidote for palin is for lots and LOTS of demonstrators to show up every time her head pops up and shout her down. time to disillusion the repubs that she has any political value at all. that plus all the blistering books that are coming out on her. truth does come out, y’know.


    • Syrin
      Apr 18, 2011 @ 16:10:38

      You know what’s being said here in Christian circles? When people rise up against her they’re giving proof that GODS hand is on her. Like I said, I don’t know how or what to say anymore. GOD made it pretty clear to me
      Matthew 7:16 By their fruit you will recognize them. …For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive,
      disobedient, ungrateful, unholy

      I might be posting just scripture for now on…


      • climber357
        Apr 19, 2011 @ 06:13:00

        I believe God´s hand is on sarah. His hand is also on you, me, President Obama, the First Family, the palinbots we ignore, etc….

      • Elizabeth
        Apr 19, 2011 @ 09:52:10

        I commend to your reading Galatians 5: 19-21, and 22-23. One is the acts of sinful nature and other other is fruits of the spirit.

  5. climber357
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 12:00:19

    ¨Palin wanted to address in person a blogger Sherry Whitstine who had been commenting on the Anchorage Daily News’ website with accusations that she had an extramarital affair.¨

    This a good example of how sarah governed through ¨fear and retribution,¨ how she tried to intimidate everyone who dared to question her.

    Wasilla, Alaska and the world are now privy to how her immature, knee-jerk pettiness was impotent against you (you having rights as an American citizen and all).

    That must be gratifying.


    • Petty politics
      Apr 18, 2011 @ 14:12:45

      Now how is this different from any other politician firing people due to personal differences, or holding huge grudges based on nothing?

      It isn’t. You treat Sarah like she’s different from others. She’s not. Clinton fired Lind Tripp. Bush…was Bush. Obama had all his senate opponents disqualified because he and his nasty team knew that was the only way he’d EVER be elected to the senate. After that election, he immediately began running for PResident using knowledgable people to his benefit, then trashing them in the PRes race. How’s the view under the bus Hillary?

      If you’re going to call Sarah out, don’t ignore others.


      • Syrin
        Apr 18, 2011 @ 15:42:12

        Thanks for your comments.. under both names.. I do call others out, especially those in my own party.Check the blog.. However, I live in Wasilla, Alaska, I know of what I speak when I speak of Palin. Until she is removed from the face of politics I can not rest!

        Aaaa, but she is different. Sarah Palin does not belong at the level she is currently playing at! Sarah is NOT ready for ‘Prime Time’ nor will she ever be! Sarah has played sex. She’s been perpetuated as a women as a mother. She’s FAILED in this area miserably! Under normal circumstances she would have been seen as a fraud, an idiot a absolute imposter!

        …Katie Couric: “What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?”
        Sarah Palin: “Well, let’s see. There’s –of course –in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are — those issues, again, like Roe v Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know — going through the history of America, there would be others but–”
        Couric: “Can you think of any?”
        Palin: “Well, I could think of — of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a Vice President, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.” –unable to name any Supreme Court decisions other than Roe v. Wade, CBS News interview, Oct. 1, 2008….

        You’re damn right her sex has been what has kept her in the mix and it has everything to do with what she’s offering the masses! This ‘women’ is playing that she represents me. Me, as a Christian- Sarah has FAILED, as Conservative- Sarah has FAILED as a mother- Sarah has FAILED.. Finally as a competent, experienced and solutions oriented politian- HA! Sarah has FREAKING FAILED! That, my friend is a bit different! If she were a man, this circus would be all over…It’s been obvious that she’s all hype, that she’s a liar!

  6. Sally in MI
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 12:19:18

    Sarah has told so many lies that I doubt even she knows how to tell the truth any more. On her revamped SARAHPAC page, it is noted that ‘she will not respond to untruths.’ Of course, she doesn’t respond to anything until she has reloaded her quiver with poisoned darts aimed to the media, anyone who has crossed her, and our ‘pool boy’ President. She is sick, and needs a mental health evaluation before she implodes right before our eyes. It almost happened in Madison; I bet she doesn’t do an open air even again that is not guarded like Bush’s always were: sycophants only.


  7. nswfm
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 12:52:05

    You go, Syrin! You were the first blogger I read on that Wisbang blog, saying you knew where her kids were sent to keep them out of her way. Family values, my ass. She’s a lying-grifter-fraud, and I knew it from when I heard her bullshit wild ride story. Keep up the pressure. Hope to see her mugshot and in jail, for all the world to see.


    • Syrin
      Apr 18, 2011 @ 15:49:29

      Oh, thank you for the comment.. I don’t really know what part I’m really playing or how we, as the regular guy keep pressure on one who has been protected by media FOX specifically. Who has been afforded the luxury by the media to obtain a false intellect, false experience, false personal narrative. The Bailey Book will be a great read! But, I fear will not put her where she should be, resting comfortably in her house with a ankle monitor on!


      • Truth speaks
        Apr 19, 2011 @ 05:11:22

        She’s not a threat to anyone. That’s crazy. If she were truly horrid, she’d have no friends, her kids wouldn’t have friends who regularly visit, her friends wouldn’t defend her constantly via social networks. I’m not saying Sarah’s the same Sarah as 20 years ago. People evolve. When power/influence it thrown in, that evolution is more or less going to be fascinating. What’s important to remember here is no one knows anything about a person nor has the right to judge until each has personally met said person. We only have our experiences. So it turns out Frank’s experience ended up not being pleasant in retrospect. He still gleefully walked beside her back then, which makes his a joke now.

        Half of what is written about this family is not true, to the point of absurdity. Syrin, I don’t know what she did to you personally, but Sarah and Todd don’t act without reason AND passion.

      • Syrin
        Apr 19, 2011 @ 08:53:58

        Truth Speaks.. No threat? She wants to be the president of these United States! I say thats a threat! Shes the most incompetent, abusive, devisive, ignorant, arrogant and deceptive individual that I PERSONALLY know!
        Why are you defending the indefencible? Funny how you say how dare anyone speak of one they do not know?! Than you insist that the possiblity why I would ever be a critic of Sarah Palin’s is because she personally did something to me?!
        Me? Me? You haven’t hung around here long. Methinks you should check out some old blogs! How about what Sarah has done to her own family, the lying, cheating and abusing power, the people and families that she’s destroyed in her climb to the top of the garbage heap!? Palin ‘evolved’ .. Really? Sarah actually is more stupid now than she was at 15.. Oh.. All that Sarah can do is threaten… Read Baileys book.. She was on her way to physically threaten me! But, the KTUU reporter that first asked her about Troopergate stopped her right in her tracks right before she can get to me! I didn’t know that….It’s amazing to read!

      • Elizabeth
        Apr 19, 2011 @ 10:01:46

        You, or any one blogger, may not be making a difference. As a collective, however, I have no doubt. We’ve seen Sarah change her behavior in some instances. Where is Trig? We haven’t seen him in awhile. I suspect the bloggers constantly commenting on his mistreatment had something to do with it. The same with the rest of the kids; they have become more of a liability than asset because of the bloggers constantly calling her on using them as political pawns and shields. As the social media has more and more reach, the bloggers are getting the word out. I think some day the MSM will finally realize that the world has passed them by in its quest for real information, not infotainment.

      • Sharon
        Apr 22, 2011 @ 15:48:05

        truth speaks – OMG…that post just blew me away and Syrin was a lot kinder in her response to you then I would’ve been.. No threat? Have you been living under a rock since 2008 when this hateful, racist, lying opportunist hit the national stage? She has damaged this country in ways that I can only compare to McCarthy and his witchhunt for communists. Her fake christianity, her fake mothering and her selfish, mean spirited attacks are relentless. She quit as governor but not before she abused her power and used her office to try and settle personal vendettas. She’s a bully and a snake with an obession with our President. She HATES him and has attacked him and the first lady here and in other countries. She is a verbal terrorist – a traitor and very much a threat to our national security as well as a threat to our President and his family. Get off this blog and leave Syrin alone.

        Sharon- Thank you!~ Syrin

  8. JJ Angleton
    Apr 18, 2011 @ 16:49:18

    The Bailey book is available for pre-order NOW at Amazon.com; just do a search for “Blind Allegiance” and it will pop up quickly — at a pre-pub price of $17.16 plus $3.99 for shipping.

    I’ve got mine ordered….


  9. Sad time for Bailey
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 05:05:25

    What a climber Frank B is. He showed utmost enthusiasm during his Palin days. Methinks he smelled the cold hard cash that could be his if he sold his soul to write this. Eh, it’ll just be another sad attempt at riding on a celeb’s coattails. Where are the other authors who have done similar things to other people? Exactly.


    • Elizabeth
      Apr 19, 2011 @ 10:10:37

      I agree that it is a sad time for Frank. I think he did believe in Sarah and closed his eyes to much because of that. While, yes, he will probably make some good money out of the book, I hope it serves as a cautionary tale to others who fall into the same trap of believing too uncritically. As for where are others: look at the books that came out of the Nixon administration.


    • Sharon
      Apr 22, 2011 @ 15:57:58

      “what a climber Frank B is”….are you serious?? And just what the hell do you call that wench he worked for? She threw him under the bus just like she did to many others. I don’t know what Frank Bailey’s agenda is – maybe he’s in it to make amends by telling the story or maybe he’s in it for the money. Don’t know and don’t care. Because compared to what palin did to make money I don’t think you can compare the two. Palin quit her job, thumbed her nose at Alaska and wrote 2 books full of lies, used her family as props including an innocent baby with downs syndrome …started making speeches at 100K a pop and used the reality show to further her political agenda and charged alaskans for a tax credit to do so – AND signed that into law before she quit….Frank Bailey is a climber?? uhhhhmmmmm….oh crap. Nevermind. Just shutup.


  10. Blue Galangal
    Apr 19, 2011 @ 07:05:13

    I’d like to order this book but I’m still smarting from the unprofessional way that Joe McGinniss was treated by AKM. Did she ever apologize for lending her blog to unsubstantiated accusations against him? If not, I’m afraid I’m going to have to pass on reading this. :/


    • Syrin
      Apr 19, 2011 @ 09:05:15

      I didn’t like any of the talk. I thought it was unneccssary, as you said unprofessional. Being leaked appears to me to have given this book a shelf life because people got to peek into it and evidently like what they saw to publish. I hoped that would happen..


      • Blue Galangal
        Apr 20, 2011 @ 08:13:43

        Absolutely, if it got them a publishing contract, the leak ended up to be a helpful thing. And I applaud Frank Bailey for actually going public with this story and with those emails, especially since that may be the only way anyone ever gets to see them. *cough cough* But … aaahh. I dunno. I have it bookmarked. I will see how I feel when it gets released. 🙂

  11. The Red Queen of Wales
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 14:31:02

    Katie Couric: “What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?”

    …Palin couldn’t even answer that she disagreed with the ruling concerning Exxon Valdez. Yet, after the ruling, she said this:

    “Exxon will know that we’re very disappointed in this ruling,”

    Another example of how she sold out Alaskans after Karl Rove picked her for VP.

    As far as Bailey’s book, I’ve read the rough draft (which includes the e-mails) and it’s damning stuff. But her “supporters” won’t see it as anything but just another “media attack”.

    True to form, she’ll come out whining after it’s published and probably see a bump in her PAC donations.


  12. Sharon
    Apr 22, 2011 @ 16:06:03

    Well, I gotta run but I’ll be back later. You rock Syrin!!
    And you’re very welcome. 🙂 You do an awesome job here and I know it can’t be easy living so close to the battleground there.


  13. Shefali
    May 29, 2011 @ 17:46:47

    I am a Republican leaning independent. I voted for McCain in the last election, and I really LIKED Palin when I heard the speech she gave at the GOP convention. However, the more I find out about her, the less I like her.

    Look, ALL politicians are – politicians. They are all slimy to some degree. They have to be somewhat two-faced, I think, to get elected. They have to want power to run for office. And power does corrupt. I mean, the Troopergate thing – well, Clinton fired the WH travel office personnel, just as another example. However, Clinton was also a brilliant man.

    The thing is, you look at a variety of things when you vote for someone. Ideally, you want someone with ethics and integrity. You also want someone who is smart and competent. And so on. In the case of Palin, the things that have disappointed me about her – she quit after only 2 1/2 years as Governor. She is way too petty about going after those who criticize her. Reagan never did that, and neither has Bush. And, unlike Clinton, she is not a Rhodes Scholar. So… what are we left with?

    As a Christian, I also resent some of her use of her religion. The reality is that God DOES love us and He does speak to us and does have a plan for us. But that does not absolve us of the responsibility to work on ourselves! Is Palin working on being more honest, for example? A better wife and mother? A better friend and boss? A better human being? Or is she being lazy and just expecting things to work out for her?

    BTW, I do NOT vote for someone based on their religion. Martin Luther (you know, the guy who authored the Protestant Reformation) said that he’d rather be ruled by a wise pagan than a foolish Christian. When I look at a leader, I am not interested in examining the content of their soul – that is not my job. But I do judge their competence, integrity, etc., before I’ll vote for someone.

    As someone who used to support Palin… I am disappointed in her.


  14. Jan Cox
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 19:25:31

    As a rare Democrat from Ohio I was fascinated with Sarah (at first) mostly because she was a woman running for national office and Hillary (my candidate) had lost the primary. Everyone knows politics is ugly but Sarah takes this to a new level. For years she pretended to be a politician while doing absolutely nothing. I disagree with all her stated issues but what did it for me in the end was the gleeful killing of the elk. She is lacking a soul which is a requirement for a Christian. I have learned what to look for in a person before I vote and I thank Frank for that. I read the book, but got it from the library. I will never watch her on TV or support her in any way. Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on earth and does not deserve having its reputation blackened by the likes of Sarah Palin.


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