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Posts Tagged ‘Blind Allegiance’

Exclusive Interview: Former Palin Staffer Calls Out Frank Bailey’s Lies

Posted by Adrienne Ross on May 26, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Frank Bailey, author of Blind Allegiance, which is being touted as a tell-all book about Governor Palin, is doing a good job of making a clown of himself. As I noted here, no one with an ounce of common sense or integrity would believe a word he–or Jeanne Devon–has written. As written here, his book reveals nothing credible about Governor Palin. Rather, it reveals much more about himself, namely his dishonesty, disloyalty, and shady motives. Sean Hannity certainly put these characteristics on display here and here.

Bailey paints an ugly picture of Governor Palin. His goal, he says, is to save the country from her, for he would never be able to forgive himself if she became President. She is, he asserts, not only unethical but encourages the same behavior from her employees. On the other hand, he paints himself as the trusted staffer who sheepishly went along with what she asked of him, has now seen the error of his ways, has made things right with God, and, as all truly repentant people do (not!), has thrown his boss under the bus. These actions, we are to believe, are not a result of bitterness or personal ambition, but pure good will. Well, we don’t believe–and with good reason.

Tara Jollie, a former member of Governor Palin’s staff, has provided me with the inside scoop on Frank Bailey–who he is, what made him tick as a member of the Governor’s staff, and what is most likely driving his current actions. She also shared with me who Governor Palin really is, discussed her own relationship with her, and described how the Governor conducted herself professionally.

Here’s the interview:

Adrienne Ross: What exactly is or was your relationship with Governor Palin, and how does this uniquely qualify you to speak of her character and work ethic?
Tara Jollie: Then and now I consider myself a friend of the family. I volunteered to help with the campaign May 1, 2006. That date followed my first retirement from the state in 2006 and preceded the primary election. I worked closely with Sarah usually on a daily basis. I worked primarily on policy statements, brainstorming issues and coordinated the occasional fundraiser. I helped in any other way I could. In the course of the daily work I soon discovered Sarah worked longer and harder than anyone I’ve ever worked with. I especially liked her work ethic because it mirrors my own. She is free-spirited, generous of heart, funny, spontaneous and, most importantly, fearless.

Adrienne Ross: During your time working for Governor Palin, how much contact did you have with Frank Bailey, and how would you assess his relationship then with the Governor?
Tara Jollie: I had full access to Frank, sometimes daily contact via telephone, email or in person as needed. The best way I can describe him is star-struck, you know – gaga. Like a high school boy with a big-time crush. He worked very hard on organizing volunteers for sign waving, getting yard signs made and circulated, getting Sarah set up for trips, etc. He traveled with her a lot to do rallies and such. It seemed to me he just loved being near her and seemed to glow in that role. He was her go-to guy for all that.

AR: Bailey was apparently a loyal employee of Governor Palin at one point. When did you notice a change, if at all? What do you think precipitated the change?
TJ: After the election, I saw much less of Frank as we both had our jobs to do, so I did not witness any change. I did get an email from him more than a year ago briefly saying he was now an “ex-Palin bot,” citing some kind of revelation he had on the Yukon. I never heard from him after that message.

AR: You are clearly quite annoyed with his decision to write this book. What annoys you most about Bailey’s actions?
TJ: I think he is abusing a friendship. I think it is a complete betrayal of friendship. The campaign is a story for our grandchildren. What better gift can there be? I am so annoyed at his attack on Todd Palin. Todd is a fine person who didn’t ask for and doesn’t deserve any of this! I have no idea what brought that on. And, the tone of his book is so pious – give me a break. Last time I checked, the only thing I had to do to get right with my God was ask for forgiveness. I don’t buy any of that righteous diatribe.

AR: During your tenure with Governor Palin, were you ever required or requested to behave unethically?
TJ: Never. Sarah liked my directness and often asked for my opinion on issues. I was always honest with Sarah. I certainly didn’t fit the role of a “cheerleader” as Frank has said Sarah surrounded herself with. For the record, I would never do anything I thought to be unethical no matter who asked me to do it. I would quit first.

AR: Bailey says he wrote the book and is going to the media to tell his story because if Governor Palin ever becomes President of the United States, he wouldn’t be able to forgive himself. What do you think is motivating his actions?
TJ: I think the motivation is money. How could he think his opinion would affect a national election? That is just strange.

AR: What would you say to those who are considering looking to Bailey–or have already looked to him–for information regarding Governor Palin?
TJ: You mean tabloids? Seriously, it is all very sad, I think.

AR: Bailey claims that Governor Palin is not the person she is presenting to the country. From your experience with her, who exactly is Governor Palin, the person and the employer?
TJ: Sarah, the person, is a workhorse. She is all about her family and very grounded in who she is. She is an athlete who plays to win. She has incredible charisma and touches the hearts of people. She is very intuitive, self-confident, and very, very strong. I think she is a great role model for young women everywhere. She is fearless, doesn’t back down, and calls a spade a spade.

She is much the same as an employer. She is not a micromanager – she gives you a job and expects you to do it. She is a team leader. Many staffers didn’t get that or welcome it. I think that comes from her background in sports. She does not coddle people, so anyone working for her better be up for the task. She won’t be holding your hand. I really like that leadership style.

AR: When asked if she would make a good President, Bailey told the media that she’d be horrible. Having seen her leadership skills from the inside, what kind of President would she make?
TJ: She’s got all the right stuff. Sarah isn’t a second-stringer, as in the VP run, so if she runs in 2012, it will be a whole new ball game.

Tara Jollie, who was up close and personal with Governor Palin, has flat-out debunked Bailey’s claims, revealing his book, as well as his poorly-crafted media narrative, as nonsense. It’s becoming clearer every day that all he has succeeded in doing is humiliating himself. Those who have listened to his story see the handwriting on the wall.

My advice to Frank Bailey is simple: Enough already. Go home before you embarrass yourself further. Better yet, give Governor Palin and her family the apology they deserve; then go home.

Here’s more information about Tara Jollie, in her own words:

I worked in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development as Deputy Commissioner after the election [of Governor Palin]. After seven or eight months, the Governor reassigned me to the Department of Commerce, Director of Community and Regional Affairs, a division serving all of rural Alaska. In other words, most of Alaska…it was a request of mine, and it suited the Governor’s desire to have me on rural affairs, as I had filled that role in the campaign…It also put me physically down the hall from the Governor.

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Who Would Believe Frank Bailey?

Posted by Adrienne Ross on May 24, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Frank Bailey’s book, Blind Allegiance, a so-called tell-all about Governor Palin, came out today. As I noted here, I esteem the book a tell-nothing. Who can believe anything this guy has to say? He worked for her, and if she is truly the monster he makes her out to be, why didn’t he leave? Why did he seek further employment with SarahPAC? If he wants to be taken seriously, why did he go to two known anti-Palin bloggers to write his book? What, no reputable people to choose from for his hit piece? I wonder why. If he’s not in this for the money or fame, why has he been doing his rounds today, going on MSNBC and The View, of all places? Tonight I’m sure he’s regretting his stop into the Fox News studio; Hannity just handed him his tail on a plate.

Frank Bailey has himself been chastised for a lack of ethical behavior, yet he wants us to see Governor Palin as unethical. She, of course, was cleared again and again of bogus ethics complaints. His track record is not so stellar.

SarahPAC employees have pushed back against Bailey’s book. Via Politico:

The book won’t be out until Tuesday, but Sarah Palin’s team is already pushing back hard against former aide Frank Bailey’s “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,” telling POLITICO that the purported tell-all “belongs on the fiction shelves.”

In their first comments about the book since several media outlets obtained a leaked manuscript in February, two sources close to Palin disputed several of the anecdotes in the book, including his claims of illegal coordination with the Republican Governors Association and that he has seen Palin’s deposition in the so-called “Troopergate” case, which is sealed. Palin’s camp also insists that some of the Palin emails printed in the manuscript are framed to distort events — for example, the emails Bailey includes to show the former Alaska governor’s reaction to her oldest daughter’s pregnancy are about rumors that circulated before Bristol actually became pregnant.

Palin aides also pointed to previous ethics charges against Bailey during his service to the ex-governor’s administration, as well as an ongoing investigation by the state attorney general’s office over the emails Bailey included in the book. Additionally, SarahPAC spokesman Tim Crawford highlighted Bailey’s book cover, which is a modified image. The original photo was of Palin standing next to other governors at an RGA event, not next to Bailey.

“Frank Bailey was the only member of the Palin administration to be found to have acted unethically – twice,” Crawford said. “He is currently under investigation again by the state attorney general. Then, as the administrator of certain email accounts, he acted unethically by appropriating account information he was entrusted to protect.”

“Gov. Palin suspended Bailey and refused to hire Bailey when he sought a position on her vice presidential campaign staff and later with SarahPAC. Mr. Bailey has an axe to grind and abandoned truth in his book. The cover of the book tells this story, two completely different photos twisted and Photoshopped to create a fraudulent image. The book belongs on the fiction shelves.”

Bailey based much of his book on emails between Palin and her aides from during her time as governor. Palin’s team did not provide any evidence that the emails Bailey pointed to in the leaked manuscripts are doctored or inaccurate, saying that the former governor did not hang on to roughly 60,000 emails that Bailey had access to as a member of her staff. But they contend that Bailey is a disgruntled former staffer with an axe to grind and motivated by the ability to make money.

Both Crawford and another Palin source told POLITICO that Bailey tried unsuccessfully to secure a job with SarahPAC.

Bailey co-wrote the book with two bloggers from the anti-Palin site Mudflats and struggled to get the 456-page manuscript published before it was leaked to the media. Prior to writing the book with bloggers Ken Morris and Jeanne Devon, Bailey approached now-Palin aide Rebecca Mansour about writing what [sic] book. Mansour, then a blogger for the Palin fan site conservatives4Palin, turned him down — though she says at that point, Bailey pitched it as a positive account of the former governor.

Frank Bailey simply isn’t believable. His actions don’t add up. No one with an ounce of integrity would believe him, especially since no one with an ounce of integrity would do what he’s doing, the way he’s doing it. My final note is this: Frank Bailey professes to be a Christian, yet he says he hasn’t spoken to Governor Palin since 2009. What happened to the Scripture that says if one has a problem with a brother or sister, he should go to that person to discuss it? I obviously missed the verse about securing a book deal and embarking on the media circuit.

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