Thursday, May 26, 2011
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.