Politics & Government

Ex-Sarah Palin aide and author Bailey faces ethics complaint over email use

The Alaska attorney general's office says it's investigating a charge that former Sarah Palin aide Frank Bailey wrongfully used state emails as the basis for his coming book slamming the ex-governor.

Assistant Attorney General Margaret Paton Walsh on Friday wrote to Anchorage activist Andree McLeod, who filed an ethics complaint against Bailey in September and has been repeatedly asking since what's being done about it.

"In addition to the ongoing investigation ... this office has been working with Enterprise Technology Services, the state's IT division, to ascertain whether the state is missing emails that are state records and which Mr. Bailey may have in his possession," she wrote to McLeod.

"Please be assured that we take this matter very seriously and are working to ensure that the state has possession of all state records and emails," Paton Walsh wrote.

Bailey did not respond to the Daily News on Monday. He did express confidence to The Associated Press in September, after McLeod filed her ethics complaint, that his "efforts and procedures" had been lawful in preparing his memoir.

Bailey joined Palin's 2006 campaign for governor and was one of her closest aides while she was in office. His book, "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin," is to be released May 24 by Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.

Howard Books described it as a "chilling expose."

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