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Feb212011

Sarah Palin Bashed in Former Aide's Leaked Manuscript

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- Sarah Palin’s tenure as Alaskan governor was back under the spotlight Sunday as the Anchorage Daily News reported that a leaked, unpublished manuscript by one of Palin’s former aides alleges that the conservative author and Tea Party favorite broke election law during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

The unfinished tell-all by Frank Bailey, tentatively titled In Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years, is based on over 60,000 emails he sent and received while working in Palin’s inner circle, a team he joined at the beginning of her 2006 campaign for Alaska governor.

Blind Allegiance was written with author Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon, publisher of the website Mudflats.net.

Bailey has not responded to news of the manuscript’s release, but Devon wrote on her website that it was leaked without knowledge by its authors or agents.

“We on this end are shocked and horrified that this has happened, but the toothpaste is out of the tube as they say,” Devon said.

In Blind Allegiance, Bailey reportedly writes about how the Palin team became obsessed with petty squabbles.

"We set our sights and went after 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," Bailey writes, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Bailey served in Palin’s administration and was a key figure in the 2008 "troopergate" scandal.  According to the manuscript, he was approached by Palin’s husband Todd to consider being her chief of staff.

In one of Bailey’s harshest allegations, the former aide says that Palin worked with the Republican Governors Association during her campaign for governor, a move that breaks election law.

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