- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2011

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former member of SarahPalin’s inner circle has written a scathing tell-all, saying Mrs. Palin was ready to quit as governor months before she actually resigned and was eager to leave office when more lucrative opportunities came around.

“In 2009 I had the sense if she made it to the White House and I had stayed silent, I could never forgive myself,” Frank Bailey told the Associated Press.

Mrs. Palin‘s attorney did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

“Blind Allegiance to SarahPalin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years” is due out Tuesday and is based on tens of thousands of emails that Mr. Bailey said he kept during his time with Mrs. Palin. It began with working on her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and continued through her failed run for vice president in 2008 and her brief stint as governor.

The Alaska attorney general’s office has said it’s investigating Mr. Bailey’s use of the emails. Executive ethics laws bar former public officials from using information acquired during their work for personal gain if the information hasn’t been publicly disseminated.

The state has yet to release thousands of emails that Mrs. Palin sent and received during her 2½ years as governor. Mr. Bailey’s attorney has said Mr. Bailey took “great care” to ensure his writings were consistent with legal requirements.

Billed as the first Palin book by a former aide, “Blind Allegiance” bolsters the perception of Mrs. Palin as self-serving, while casting Mr. Bailey as her enforcer — willing to do the dirty work, no questions asked.

Mr. Bailey became a footnote in Alaska political history by getting embroiled in an investigation of Mrs. Palin’s firing of her police commissioner over allegations the commissioner wouldn’t fire state Trooper Mike Wooten, who had had a bitter divorce from Mrs. Palin’s sister. Mr. Bailey was caught on tape questioning a state trooper official about why Trooper Wooten was still employed.

Mr. Bailey, who was Mrs. Palin’s director of boards and commissions, was put on leave after news of the recording broke, though he claims his actions were with the prodding of Mrs. Palin‘s husband, Todd.

In spite of this, and what he describes as campaigns by Mrs. Palin over the years to tear down others who have crossed or confronted her, he stuck around.

To speak up when he saw things he didn’t agree with “went against all that investment of time and energy that I put into her,” Mr. Bailey said. He said he “shed his family,” his wife and two kids, to singularly focus on Mrs. Palin during her rise to the governor’s office and beyond.

When Mrs. Palin burst onto the statewide political scene, she was seen as a “breath of fresh air” amid the corruption that had seeped into Alaska politics. “We looked at her as … that queen on a horse that could come in and save the state,” he said. “As we started to see that that was not the case, I kept silent, and I just kept on working.”

Among the claims made in the book: that Palin’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign coordinated with the Republican Governors Association, or RGA, in violation of campaign rules. The book describes cameras rolling as Mrs. Palin strode through the door at an Anchorage hotel “over and over and over” for an RGA ad.

At that time, there was a one-year statute of limitations on complaints, and the Alaska Public Offices Commission did not receive any complaints related to Mrs. Palin and the association during that period. However, the RGA was fined — unrelated to Mrs. Palin — for late reporting, according to the commission’s executive director, Paul Dauphinais.

Mr. Bailey said the final straw for him came in the summer of 2009, when Mrs. Palin didn’t attend a rally he believed she repeatedly had agreed to attend, for supporters of a voter initiative to require minors get parental consent for an abortion. This came after a string of cancellations, including one before a Republican women’s group at the Ronald Reagan Library in California. Her aides claimed no one had committed to this well-publicized event.

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