Book: Sarah Palin "Snorted Cocaine Off an Oil Drum"

By Ariel Nagi 09/15/11

After years of up-close research, journalist Joe McGinnis serves up scandalous allegations of coke-use and infidelity in much-anticipated new bio.

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Tea Party darling Sarah Palin was a cocaine-snorting cheater, according to a new book by Joe McGiniss, the journalist who authored The Selling of the President (1968) and Fatal Vision (1983)—and whose obsession with the Palins led him to move in next door to the family last year. Citing McGiness's new book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, the National Enquirer reports that the former governor of Alaska was once spotted doing coke with her buddies—snorting lines off an overturned 55-gallon oil drum while on a snowmobiling trip. The barrel seems an appropriate choice given her "drill baby, drill" credentials. She also has some alleged sexual exploits to her name. She reportedly enjoyed a steamy Thanksgiving weekend one-night stand with 6'8'' former NBA star Glen Rice—having "hauled his ass down" due to a "fetish" for black men, says an Enquirer source—while he was representing the University of Michigan way back at a 1987 Alaska tournament. Her husband, Todd, was already "very much on the scene," and it was just nine months later that they wed. McGiniss quotes Rice as confirming the brief liaison. More seriously, The Rogue—due to be published on September 20—also corroborates a previous Enquirer report that Palin later cheated on her husband during a six-month affair with his co-worker and pal Brad Hanson in the 90's. Apparently this forced Todd to dissolve the snowmobile dealership he and Hanson shared—and has caused marital problems ever since. McGiniss's claims will be given more credence than those made in last month's Playboy, which accused Palin of snorting cocaine off a bar—The Rogue claims she used cocaine up until she decided to run for governor. Palin will have to be sure she can respond to these allegations effectively if she's planning to enter the 2012 presidential race. Her husband was the first to react, claiming the new book is full of "disgusting lies, innuendo and smears."

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