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Former aide attacks Sarah Palin in new book

A leaked manuscript by one of Sarah Palin`s trusted advisers says that she broke state election law during her campaign in 2006.

Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 18:20 PM IST

Washington: A leaked manuscript by one of
Sarah Palin`s trusted advisers says that former Alaska
governor broke state election law during her gubernatorial
campaign in 2006.

The unpublished book by Frank Bailey, tentatively
called "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our
Tumultuous Years", was leaked to the media and excerpts making
the rounds on the Internet.

The book narrates Bailey`s experience of working with
Palin, drawing upon thousands of personal e-mails during his
time with the former governor and Republican candidate for US
vice president in 2008.

In 2006, Palin`s political rivals accused her campaign
of breaking the law by coordinating a campaign ad with the
Republican Governor`s Association (RGA) that independently
opposed the election of Democrat Tony Knowles.

Complaints were filed with the state campaign finance
agency but no violation was ever proved.

Now, Bailey admits the coordinated effort did happen
and that although he resisted what he thought to be an illegal
activity, others on the staff went along with it and that
Palin herself participated in an anti-Knowles TV spot paid for
by the RGA, Alaska Dispatch reported.

The manuscript opens with an account of Palin sending
Bailey a message saying "I hate this damn job" shortly before
she resigned as Alaska`s governor in July 2009, less than
three years into her four-year term.

The manuscript goes on for nearly 500 pages, a mixture
of analysis, gossip and allegation.

The book was co-written with California author Ken
Morris and Jeanne Devon of Anchorage, who publishes the
popular anti-Palin website Mudflats.

Devon wrote on her website that the "draft manuscript"
was leaked without the knowledge or permission of the authors.