Controversy is swirling around a tell-all book on Sarah Palin that was written by a former insider. But if early reports are accurate, it lacks a true bombshell. No secret babies! No affairs with governors of California! No secret babies with the governor of California!
The Associated Press spoke with author Frank Bailey, and unless there is more in the book, which is set to hit shelves Tuesday, Palin has nothing much to worry about.
Bailey said he based his book "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years" on tens of thousands of emails to and from Palin that he claims to have kept over the years.
In fact, the Alaska attorney general's office is investigating whether Bailey improperly used those emails -- ethics laws bar former public officials from using information that has not been available to the public. Bailey said he took "great care" to make sure everything he did was legal.
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In any case, Bailey worked for Palin starting with her gubernatorial run in 2006 until she resigned in 2009. He said he has seen it all
"In 2009 I had the sense if she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent, I could never forgive myself," Bailey told the AP.
Here are five alleged truths Bailey reveals about Palin:
1) After she and John McCain lost the 2008 presidential campaign, she returned to Alaska with little interest in governing. Bailey claims Palin told him as early as February 2009 that if she could find the right message to tell Alaskans, she'd "quit tomorrow." In April he said she sent him an email saying, "I hate this damn job." She resigned in July 2009.
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2) Palin used her children for political gain. The Daily Beast reports that Bailey blasts Palin for announcing Bristol Palin's pregnancy during the presidential race, as well as for carrying around baby Trig all over the place, even outside in nasty weather.
3) Palin is "obsessed" with righting wrongs she believes were done to her or members of her family. She will wage smear campaigns against anyone who goes against her, Bailey said.
4) Palin is apparently not a fan of Newt Gingrich. When Gingrich got an invitation to appear at a GOP event after Palin failed to confirm, Bailey said she sent him the following 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.
5) Palin didn't keep her commitments, Bailey wrote:
Getting Sarah to meetings and events was like nailing Jell-O to a tree. On the campaign trail and as governor, Sarah went through at least ten schedulers, with few lasting more than months. Nobody wanted the job because Sarah might fail to honor, at the last minute, the smallest commitments, and making excuses for her became a painful burden.
Bailey said he has not spoken to Palin since the fall of 2009. He said he harbors no ill feelings towards her. It's unlikely that feeling is mutual.