Sarah Palin sex claims: Tea Party firebrand had fling with Glen Rice and took drugs
Sarah Palin, darling of the Tea Party, had a fling with a basketball star just before she got married and took cocaine while out snowmobiling, according to a US author.
The claims are contained in a highly critical book by acclaimed author Joe McGinniss which is due to be published next week.
The former Alaska Governor has not ruled out a bid for the Presidency next year, but the new allegations, based on 200 interviews with present and former staff, could be devastating for her political future.
The allegations originally published in the National Enquirer quoting publishing sources close to the book, throw into chaos her carefully constructed image of a down-to-earth hockey mom.
Mr McGinnis,( 67) a well established non fiction author, wrote the best selling account of Richard Nixon’s 1968 Presidential run.
He spent four months last year in a cabin beside the Palin residence on the shores of Lake Lucille in Alaska.
He also reportedly claims that she took marijuana while a student and had an affair with her husband Todd's business partner in his book "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin."
Mrs Palin's life has been under the microscope for three years, but the claims will be the first such lurid allegations by a serious author, and will be seized on by her enemies. She has not responded publicly so far.
Mrs Palin angrily accused him of planning to spy on her family.
In the book he claims 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.
Ms Palin’s alleged fling with the 6ft 8 inch black basketball star is at odds with the deeply conservative persona she had cultivated appealing greatly to the strongly traditional Tea Party.
The book is published by Crown Publishing of the Random House stable and the publisher is standing by the claims.
“It is based on extensive reporting by Joe McGinniss in Alaska and on interviews with 200 people who have known Sarah Palin very well at different stages in her life and career,” David Drake of Crown told The Times newspaper.
Source Irish Independent