Palin Moves Increase Speculation That She's Running; Tell-All Book by Former Aide Arrives

 Newsmax explains why a series of recent moves by Sarah Palin have fueled increasing speculation that she's running for president--out of Arizona, of all places--or, at the very least, for a soon-to-be-vacated senate seat in that state.

Palin has sent out some 400,000 direct-mail fundraising letters targeting voters in several early primary states – a move sure to get pundits’ tongues wagging.

Also, on Sunday news broke that she may have purchased a home in Arizona, which could provide her a “Lower 48” base not only for a presidential bid but also a possible Senate campaign in 2012, both Fox News and the Arizona Republic reported.

Confirmation of a Palin house purchase in Scottsdale likely would rekindle chatter about whether Palin might run a political campaign out of Arizona, the home state of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who plucked her from relative political obscurity in 2008 to be his vice-presidential running mate, the Republic speculated Sunday.

Palin has been rumored to be considering headquartering her 2012 White House campaign, if there is one, in Scottsdale. She also has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

Wonkette has a slightly more disparaging take on the story here, describing the new residence as "tacky" among other less genteel observations.

Meanwhile, the AP has an exclusive storyabout the content of a new tell-all memoir from former Palin campaign aide Frank Bailey. While there are no serious charges contained within, it doesn't exactly paint a flattering picture of working with the former governor;


“Getting Sarah to meetings and events was like nailing Jell-O to a tree,” Bailey wrote. On the campaign trail and as governor, Sarah went through at least ten schedulers, with few lasting more than months. Nobody wanted the job because Sarah might fail to honor, at the last minute, the smallest commitments, and making excuses for her became a painful burden.”


The one real charge in the memoir is the decidedly un-juicy tidbit that "Palin’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign coordinated with the Republican Governors Association, or RGA, in violation of campaign rules. "


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at May 23, 2011, 4:51am

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