I was surprised as anyone when I heard the news today that Sarah Palin was resigning as governor of Alaska. Speculation is rampant on why she made the decision, and Gov. Palin herself has been more than coy on the matter. But Alaska sources confirmed to me tonight that among other reasons, she was “very concerned” about damaging revelations that will be coming out in several upcoming campaign books, including my own. Irrespective of whether she ultimately makes a run for the White House in 2012, she felt it best to escape the media glare for a while as increased accusations come to light.
Recent articles in Vanity Fair, Politico and CBS News reports (from an upcoming book) accusing her of being a “rogue diva” and tying her to damaging emails about her association with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party continue to hound her. But I can’t personally help but wonder if she also became aware of related allegations I make about her in my own upcoming book, “I Am Martin Eisenstadt: One Man’s (Wildly Inappropriate) Adventures with the Last Republicans” due out in October from Faber & Faber, a division of Farrar, Straus, Giroux (FSG).
While I continue to enjoy a warm relationship with my publisher and editor at FSG, I can’t help but wonder if the timing of Palin’s resignation is somewhat suspect. Just this very week, FSG started to send out early galleys of the book for review. I have no reason to initially suspect any of FSG’s direct employees of leaking the galleys to Palin. But did someone in the media who got an advance copy somehow slip it to a Palin ally? Or maybe an outsourced subcontractor at a print shop? At this point, there’s no way to be sure.
But come Monday, I will be speaking with my lawyers and to executives at FSG to demand a full investigation into the alleged leak. Stay tuned.