Frank Bailey, Former Sarah Palin Staff Member, Shreds Her in Tell-All Book

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Frank Bailey, a former member of Sarah Palin's inner circle, has written a scathing tell-all book about the former Alaska governor turned professional celebrity.

Among many other things, he says Palin was ready to quit as governor months before she resigned and was eager to leave office for more lucrative options.

"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.

Blind Allegiance

Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years, due out Tuesday, is based on thousands of emails Bailey kept during his time with Palin.

It began with working on her 2006 gubernatorial campaign and continued through a failed run for vice president in 2008 and her brief stint as governor.

The Alaska attorney general's office has said it's investigating Bailey's use of emails and whether executive ethics laws bar him from profiting from them.

In any case, Blind Allegiance bolsters the perception of Sarah Palin as self-serving, casting Bailey as her enforcer - doing the dirty work, no questions asked.

Bailey became a footnote in Alaska political history by getting embroiled in an investigation of Palin's controversial firing of her police commissioner.

After allegations that the commissioner wouldn't fire trooper Mike Wooten, who'd had a bitter divorce with Palin's sister, Palin let him go and felt the wrath.

It's unclear if it was actually a personal vendetta, but Bailey was caught on tape questioning a state trooper official about why Wooten was still employed.

Bailey, who was Palin's director of boards and commissions, was put on leave after that, though he claims his actions were prodded by Palin's husband, Todd.

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

To speak up as he saw things he didn't agree with "went against all that investment of time and energy that I put into her," said Bailey in his memoir.

He said he "shed his family," his wife and two kids, to singularly focus on Sarah Palin during her rise to the governor's office and beyond.

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