Frank Bailey: Sarah Palin needs to “own” her indiscretions

The Bible reveals that there are nine fruits evidenced in the lives of those who have God’s Holy Spirit. Those who have been following Palin since 2008 will have to come to terms with the reality of what she is lacking, Christian values. Do you see these traits in Sarah Palin’s life?
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control ~Gal. 5:22-25

 

BY MICHAEL SHERIDAN

A former aide to Sarah Palin says his tell-all book is the story of his spiritual journey as a backslidden Christian and family man. But the book seems to carry a judgmental tone towards Sarah Palin whom he says needs to “own” her indiscretions.

Frank Bailey, once a part of Palin’s staff, said releasing his tell-all book, Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin, Tuesday is a healing experience. Once publicly embroiled in a scandal over the firing of Palin’s ex-brother-in-law, Bailey said he made a lot of mistakes as an aide and did things he is not proud of. He details those misdeeds in the book as a precautionary tale of sorts.

In the book, Bailey writes that he let his aspirations for Palin as a reformer against a corrupt political landscape get the best of him. Looking back on it, Bailey said he strayed away from his Christian faith while working with Palin. The book, he noted, is a warning to others. “There are a lot of things that I’m not proud of that I talked about … about myself,” he told The Christian Post of his experience. “There were things that I later came to believe that I should not have been a part of, things that I took way too far, hurtful things to other people.”

 The author told CP that he “take[s] full responsibility” for his actions. However, his book also chastises Palin whom he says changed after receiving media attention into a politician who cut corners to get ahead and told supporters one thing and did another thing.  

When Bailey met Palin in 2005-2006, she was a “fresh-faced” candidate who was not afraid to roll up her sleeves alongside common folks and to speak with them plainly and honestly.

In the beginning, he said he had high hopes in Palin as a gubernatorial candidate. That hope led Bailey to leave his life as a stay-at-home dad and become a volunteer in her campaign. He said they had very little money to work with, but they successfully won the primary and later the general election.

However, as Palin began to garner media attention, he began neglecting his wife and children to devote himself to her political career. “I shed all of my family commitment and everything to basically put to this one person I basically put on a pedestal,” he said. He turned his career with Palin into an idol and began to do things such as bashing candidates with made-up blog names and manipulating online polls in Palin’s favor.

According to Bailey, Palin was aware of what he was doing and even sent him the polls so that he could rig them. Palin also did things that were illegal and dishonest, he claimed.

During the investigation of Palin’s alleged firing of a police commissioner because he wouldn’t fire the trooper who had bitterly divorced her sister, Bailey said, “I sat in her office [with] other cabinet members and told her flat out I have being talking to the department of public safety about your brother-in-law,” he said.

He said Palin then released a press release the next day saying that she had no knowledge of Bailey’s involvement in the firing.

“That was flat out dishonest and put me in an awkward spot,” Bailey said of Palin’s actions.

His message for Palin in his book is: “As I am doing daily, [she should] own it and to take a look in the mirror and try to find that person from 2005.”

“I believed she strayed far from who she was in 2005.”

Bailey’s political career ended in 2009 when Palin left office as governor.

He said he and his family were rescued by the church. He is now a small business owner with a few Alaska coffee shops. He is also a praise and worship leader in the non-denominational Rabbit Creek Community Church in Anchorage.

Some conservatives have already begun to question Bailey’s Christian character because of the nature of his tell-all memoir.

Gregory Gorski, a commenter on Sarah Palin’s Facebook fan page, wrote, “This Baily [sic] guy must have some personal issues to deal with. How do you ‘shed your family’ to work on a political campaign for a family oriented candidate? I guess the [money] was the driving force with this ‘tell all’ book.”

Becky Dean Boyer wrote, “What a fine Christian example he’s setting, using the framework of faith and the church to hurt a sister in Christ … if he is indeed ‘in Christ.’”

Responding to the comments, Bailey remarked, “People who say this is a disgruntled, sour grapes person. I would point them right to the book. Decide for yourself.”

http://www.christianpost.com/news/tell-all-book-on-sarah-palin-casts-doubt-on-former-aides-christian-values-50435/

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diane
    May 25, 2011 @ 23:35:52

    Just finished reading the book. Felt disgusted and betrayed by these people. It is one thing to elevate somebody of palin’s ilk to state office it is another to push her onto a national level.
    Just were the adults in the room?
    It seems that all did this as a christian duty and out of love for this wonderful christian lady, but honestly, how can anybody take this woman seriously?
    sarah palin is a fraud. She doesn’t work, she schemes to make others miserable.
    How and why she thinks she could/should be president is beyond me.

    Makes me wonder how popular she really was when the book said they literally worked the polls to their satisfaction.
    When did she do the work of governor? And really, what did she accomplish?

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    • Syrin
      May 26, 2011 @ 09:10:13

      I’m glad that you read it! Did it confirm what you already thought of Palin? Or were you suprised that the state government activities that he talked about were as unethical and illegal as they were?

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  2. Gindy52
    May 26, 2011 @ 02:25:33

    Sorry Frank, she never was what “she was”. She’s always been a liar, cheat, theif, and all around general asshole. You kissed her butt long enough to fall for it, just like a long line of people who got thrown under the bus when they pissed her off.

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    • Diane
      May 26, 2011 @ 05:38:30

      Frank even noted that there was nobody from her campaign as mayor on the journey to become Gov.
      That should have been a red flag. The team started for the ground up.

      To me, it was a clear indication that politics and religion do not mix. When you elevate a person to a saviour status, you in essence give up your soul and you can’t criticize anything that person says or does. And then you compromise your own ethics and justify anything that person wants.
      It is too bad that no one stood up to palin. Mc Cain was just the icing on the cake for her. She didn’t deserve that nomination then and she has done nothing to deserve it now.

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      • Bigtoe
        May 26, 2011 @ 20:07:19

        I couldn’t agree more, Diane. And McCain finished it off nicely for her by foolishly picking her. He unleashed that monstrosity on us.

  3. Sharon
    May 26, 2011 @ 03:38:53

    Frank Bailey and sarah palin put me in mind of charlie brown and Lucy. I started reading the book and I find his discription of “worship” for her very odd and creepy. He states that he neglected his own family – seriously neglected them to be a palinbot 24 hours a day. Well, I’m not buying into his rediscovered christian values. Why did I figure out what a snarky wench she was within days of her appearance on the national stage and it took him years? He was up close and personal with her and he claims she used to be a good person or whatever crap he’s selling – she’s never been a good person and his gravy train is over so he suddenly finds one more way to milk it. I don’t buy it. And I don’t feel any sympathy for this guy. He’s a loser and caused much damage. Writing a tell all book and profiting from the damage and pain he caused others isn’t a christian thing to do, is it frank?

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    • WakeUpAmerica
      May 26, 2011 @ 04:44:13

      My impression is that he isn’t looking for sympathy or forgiveness. This is his personal journey, and he is sharing it with others so that they may not make his mistakes. Nothing wrong with that. If, in the process, he opens the eyes and minds of others who are infatuated with this latter-day Queen Esther, then so much the better. Would it have been better if he had taken the safe path and kept all this to himself? He has left himself open to intense scrutiny and criticism, and yet, he continues to tell his story honestly and with great shame.

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      • HudsonElizabeth
        May 26, 2011 @ 06:41:55

        Totally agree with you. He did a lot of bad things but is owning them now and seems to me that he is trying to do good now by sharing and accepting responsibility and also pointing out how he got into that mess — drawn in by the rotten to the core Palins. I am able to think that what he did was very bad and what he is doing now is very brave and needed. If, in the end, he receives forgiveness I hope he uses it wisely and I also hope that his book will help stop Palins’ path.

        And, I find it horrifying that people are paying no attention to what he says about Palin and her evilness and non-Christian behaviors, all the while condemning him for his. Can’t they see that had she not been so evil, he would not have been called upon to behave as he did. It all starts at the top!

  4. anAlaskanAlsoII
    May 26, 2011 @ 05:19:09

    I’m with WakeUpAmerica, Frank is not a sympathetic figure, he was a self-described Hatchet-Man, he was as hurtful and destructive as his boss – he is exactly the demographic responsible for elevating such a vindictive, lazy, fake know-nothing within Alaska’s own Bible Belt and made her appear mainstream.

    Sarah was just a lazy, stupid housewife from Wasilla (no offense to Valley stay-at-home mom’s – whom ironically, Sarah hates also too) who couldn’t be bothered to even fulfill her end of the neighborhood school carpool, the woman simply can’t carry her own weight, but she certainly had others throwing themselves on the ground to make a path for her.

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  5. M
    May 26, 2011 @ 07:37:40

    I give Bailey credit for waking up to his Christian hypocricy, he was not walking the walk, I’m glad he finally admitted it. It takes courage to openly admit bad behavior, he is doing the right thing.

    SO much of what Palin does and says are SO unChristian, why don’t more Christians note this? She is a terrible example of a true believer! She says and does very hateful things, she is totally disrespectful, does she even pay any tithes on her millions? I bet not! She’s either a fake or has walked away from her Christian faith and values. She judges, accuses and lies all the time! She never admits wrongdoing or even mistakes.

    Why do Christians ignore her failings and give her a pass? It’s like ignoring a Pastor who is having an affair.

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    • Syrin
      May 26, 2011 @ 09:46:34

      Sarah is a fake.. Frank and most who have are willing to give up their own person, family for her are the same kind who can be drawn into cults.. Remember Jonestown, Waco and that Heaven’s Gate group? I’d like to see the story move to the possibility of this support of allegiance for Sarah Palin is dangerous and described as cult like behavior…..The scripture I use 2 Tim 4:3 gives me this impression..

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  6. Syrin
    May 26, 2011 @ 09:29:38

    I believe Frank has a genuine heart to bring his story of utterly cult worship of Sarah Palin to the Palinistas out there. I have never been rolled by a fake, fraud. Why? Because there are certain criteria that should be considered when deciding on a friend, business partner, husband, wife, employee and politician.

    Conservatives, many happened to be Christians have lost something very important..The fruit of the Spirit- which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. I do not see these traits in those who are saying they’re Christian Conservatives- Just sayin!

    I’m a Christian, forgiveness is essential to give and recieve in order to grow and allow GOD to mold our hearts, so bitterness has no place to grow. Frank has made a decision and is fighting for his very soul. Because he still hasn’t totally given up the idea that Palin is holy and pure deep down! That will take time, I’m willing to overlook it right now. But, that still doesn’t release that person who was in a place of power from being held accountable by the authority in charge ( state law), especially when in the government realm! However, consequences, yes, spiritually speaking, are lessons that refine you, so that you might be useful to GOD. Frank, while sharing the shame of idol worship and not enduring sound doctrice 2 Tim 4:3 is seemingly useful to bring awareness to other Palinbots..

    Frank Bailey, unfortunately like Sarah has not had to ‘own’ up to the legal and ethical consequences that should be applied because of one’s reprehensible behavior at that level of government. Grant it, Frank was the subordinate, while Sarah was the ‘executive’

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  7. Mallard
    May 26, 2011 @ 09:39:32

    Specifics, people, specifics! Just what did Sarah Palin do that betrayed her Christian faith that is beyond what every single one of us are also guilty of? Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

    Mr. Bailey is cashing in on his time with the Governor and trying to assuage his feelings of guilt by making a profit.

    This Bailey guy puts Palin on a pedestal, and then he is disillusioned that she is *gasp* human! Again I ask, what in particular has Palin done that earns her such condemnation? What crimes has she committed?

    This web site is full of posts about “she lies all the time,” “she was a stupid, lazy housewife,” She’s always been a liar, cheat, theif, and all around general asshole.” But no specifics to substantiate those claims. If you want to persuade America that Palin is such an evil force, you need to bring more to the discussion than all this hen cackling.

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  8. Mallard
    May 26, 2011 @ 12:41:10

    Heh heh heh. From the Politico:

    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.

    Looks like he was going to make more money by going negative so, what the hey. Sounds like he decided to change his tune and dance for the bucks.

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    • newmeximan
      May 26, 2011 @ 18:18:11

      Kelsey?

      Still trying to steer traffic over to yet another $arh worship site?

      Since everything the Palinban stands for is based on a lie – you have zero credibility. And then there is your disclaimer – where you state it is only your opinion.

      Your opinion is worthless.

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    • Bigtoe
      May 26, 2011 @ 20:14:05

      That has already been debunked. Try again.

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    • ALaskan
      May 29, 2011 @ 14:56:54

      RAMs statement is an assertion with no proof whatsoever to back it up. Bailey gives emails as proof LOTS of them.

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  9. newmeximan
    May 26, 2011 @ 18:20:06

    Frank was replaced by Mansour, so that makes her the least credible source on the planet.

    Try debating with facts instead of biased opinion, Quack.

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  10. LakeLucilleLoon
    May 26, 2011 @ 21:51:23

    Not being a christian allows me to look at all of this from the outside. I don’t care if my leaders have “christian faith”, or any faith at all. I don’t care that Frank Bailey wrote a book to try to get right with his god. All I care about is any religion, any of them, and all of them, be removed from my government. Somehow a Country whose tenets were based on a secular model has become a country that has a christian god’s name on it’s currency. Until this we take religion out of the equation, out of the Pledge and off our currency, I’ll choose to remain on the sidelines. My Dad always told me that it was fine to stay silent during the “one nation under god” part of the pledge that we had to do in grade school. He always told me that was added in the 1950’s and I didn’t have to recognize it in order to be patriotic. The argument in this country needs to progress beyond people’s religiosity; it needs to be based on thinking, and education. The sooner religion is left behind in politics the better off we will be, as a state and as a country.

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  11. Pogo
    May 27, 2011 @ 15:25:57

    Interesting that so many people choose to criticize Frank Bailey for the things he did wrong, but ignore the far greater wrongs done by Sarah Palin. He has owned up to and apologized for his sins. Has she?

    In answer to ‘what did she do wrong?’:
    Lied about the Troopergate Report
    Used her office and authority to get back at perceived personal enemies
    Illegally worked with the RGA during the campaign for governor
    Cheated on polls
    Encouraged fake letters to the newspapers
    … and so much more. Read the book.

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