Jeffrey Judge of Eagle River has a Sarah Palin superfan in the family: his father.
"He took down the family pictures and put her on the wall," said Tammy, Judge's wife. "So now when you go over there, she's like, staring at you," his daughter added.
Don't tell Judge's dad, but he's getting a personalized, signed copy of Palin's book for Christmas -- one of countless copies of "Going Rogue" the former governor autographed Sunday at Elmendorf Air Force Base in what was supposed to be the final day of her national book tour.
The event was closed to the general public, meaning only people with a military ID or friends with access to the base could attend.
Judge, a 37-year-old technical sergeant in the Air Force, waited three-and-a-half hours for Palin's signature. "She thanked me for my service," he said.
Roughly 2,000 people appeared at the signing, based on security estimates, said Air Force Capt. Ashley Conner. The security team itself ballooned to more than 100 people, she said, triple the size of a normal Sunday on base.
Palin planned to follow the Anchorage signing with a stop at Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks later in the day. She had described the events on her Facebook page as the finale to her month-long book tour. But during a surprise appearance on the Eddie Burke radio show Friday, Palin vowed to hold another Alaska signing that everyone could visit.
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