Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin isn't a stranger to controversy. From Troopergate to conspiracy theories about her son Trig's birth, John McCain's 2008 running mate is well-versed in setting the second straight. And that's a good thing, because the hits just keep on coming.
An upcoming book that is set for release later this month makes some wild allegations about the politician -- accusations that are sure to inspire debate, disbelief and plenty of reaction. The book "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," written by Joe McGinniss, claims that Palin once snorted cocaine with her husband. This purported drug use allegedly took place while Palin and her husband, Todd, were snowboarding with friends (the author claims the two snorted the drug off of an overturned oil drum).
At another point in the book, McGinniss writes that Palin once secretly smoked marijuana as well. Adding flavor to the story, she allegedly used the drug with a professor at her college. As if these charges weren't enough to send heads spinning, the book also alleges that Palin engaged in at least two affairs. Mail Online has more:
Mrs Palin, 47, had a one-night stand with Miami Heat basketball star Glen Rice less than a year before she eloped with her husband, the book claims.
She is said to have met the 6ft 8ins player in 1987 when he was playing in a college basketball tournament in Alaska and she worked as a sports reporter for KTUU television.
It is also claimed that she had a six month affair with Brad Hanson, who ran a snowmobile dealership with her husband Todd - a betrayal which led to Todd dissolving their business.
Rice is said to have confirmed the incident. The book goes on to quote friends who have known the Palins for years. Apparently, these individuals believe that the former governor was a bad mother.
McGinness' book, which will be released on September 20, has long been anticipated. Some may recall the fact that the author, who has made no bones about his attempt to expose Palin, rented a home next door to her Wasilla, Alaska, residence last year. Since completing "The Rogue," he has left the area.
In 2010's TLC program, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," McGinness made an "appearance" (watch below):
Also, in a 2010 interview with NBC's "The Today Show," McGinness said:
"The power Palin has to incite hatred and her willingness and readiness to do it... She has pushed a button and unleashed the hounds of hell and now that they're out there slavering, and barking and growling. And that's the same kind of tactic, and I'm not calling her a Nazi, but that's the same kind of tactic that the Nazi troopers used in Germany in the '30s and I don't think there's any place for it America."
Watch his words, here:
Some would certainly contend that McGinness is engaging in some questionable tactics. It will be intriguing to see how the media and citizens, alike, react to these starting allegations.
Whether the book will have an impact on her political career, should she choose to continue one, is yet to be seen.
(h/t Mail Online)