A highly anticipated biography of Sarah Palin alleges the Tea Party politician and former Republican vice presidential candidate used cocaine and marijuana, and had a long affair with her husband’s business partner.
According to reports in the United States the claims will be contained in a highly critical book by author Joe McGinniss which is due to be published next week.
McGinniss, who made his name as the young author of a study of Richard Nixon’s campaign, The Selling of the President 1968, angered Palin by moving in next door to her home in Wasilla, Alaska. Palin warned him to not to spy on her family, saying she suspected he was trying to look in her daughter’s window from his property.
The National Enquirer claims that it has a copy of Joe McGinniss’ new book, which claims Palin and her husband Todd “dabbled” in cocaine use and that she once snorted cocaine “off an overturned 55-gallon oil drum while snowmobiling with pals.”
The Enquirer has also released that McGinniss claims Sarah had a steamy interracial hook up with basketball star Glen Rice less than a year before she eloped with her husband Todd. It will be published on Sept. 20 by Crown, a division of Random House. Crown is a respected imprint.
Even Crown suggests in its book description that readers will get to know Palin in a new way through the 336-page work. “Based on McGinniss’ on-the-ground reporting that began in late 2008 … this book is a startling and penetrating examination of the illusion and reality of Palin – and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that have produced her, and the country she feels she is destined to lead.
“The Rogue delves deeply into Alaska’s political and business affairs and Palin’s political, personal, and family life to chronicle how and to what extent Palin and her beliefs, attitudes, and outlook will influence and even change life in America and the perception of America abroad.”
The book also claims that Palin was very public about having a “fetish” for African-American men during that time. The book goes on to claim that years later, Sarah had a six month affair with one of her husband’s snowmobile dealership business partner, Brad Hanson. When poor Todd discovered the affair, he ended the business deal.
The author also claims that Mrs Palin had a one-night stand with basketball player Glen Rice, who went on to play for the Miami Heat, less than a year before marrying her husband Todd.
The real damage will be the allegation that Sarah Plain has dabbled in cocaine when she was younger. Although everybody is entitled to a past, Palin has created this image of the all American woman and her followers enjoy her traditional stand on marriage and family values, something a drug allegation could destroy.
Anticipation of the book’s release has been heightened by a deal McGinniss made with Garry Trudeau, author of the Doonesbury cartoon, to include extracts in the strip read by an imaginary Fox News reporter who moved in next door to McGinniss.
Some US newspapers have declined to run the strip which includes lines claiming that “Palin isn’t comfortable in the presence of dark skinned people”.
It was revealed 2008 that Palin’s husband Todd, who was arrested for driving drunk in 1986 used cocaine a lot and was ‘on the end of a straw plenty,’ according to a long-term associate quoted in the McGinniss’ book.
The explosive book goes on to quote those who knew the family growing up, claiming Mrs Palin was a ‘bad mum’ who would lock herself in her room for hours on end asking not to be disturbed while her children cooked themselves dinner.
The book will surely cause shockwaves throughout conservative America but it’s questionable whether people really care about Sarah Palin’s past. It was clear during her run for Vice President in 2008, that she can be highly erratic and unpredictable.
The latest allegation may end her dilly dallying over Republican GOP nomination, as it could be the last skeleton in her closet. Expect a decision on Republican GOP nomination in the near future. [via The Telegraph, International Business Times and Guardian]