ABC News’ Sheila Marikar (@sheilaym) reports:
Leaked private messages from one of Sarah Palin’s top aides offer insight into how in people in Palin’s inner circle really feel about her, her family and fellow politicians.
Today, The Daily Caller published a series of inflammatory messages Palin’s speechwriter and domestic policy adviser Rebecca Mansour sent last year via Twitter. Mansour’s tweets were sent as “direct messages” – meaning they went to one party and were not disseminated publicly until today.
In one series of messages, Mansour belittles Palin’s eldest daughter, Bristol. Last July, After Bristol announced that she was planning to marry Levi Johnston, the father of her son, Mansour wrote, “I wish they were the Cleavers too. But it’s life.”
“Two words: Patti Davis. Okay three more: Ron Reagan Junior. Two more: Billy Carter. Doesn’t your family have one?,” Mansour wrote. “She (meaning Palin, presumably) will hold her at arm’s length. Even Thatcher was never able to disown her screw up son Mark. It’s a Mom thing.”
Contacted about the messages by The Daily Caller, Mansour said she was trying to “calm down” a Palin supporter and that the messages were her opinions, not those of the former Alaska governor. Mansour and other Palin aides did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.
In addition to mocking Bristol, Mansour reveals her true feelings about several people in Palin’s orbit. In one message, she called 2012 Republican presidential contender Mitt Romeny’s supporters “wacky as hell” and wrote “Would love to tell Mitt’s lackeys to stop backstabbing my boss anonymously.”
Mansour’s messages suggest that last summer, the former Alaska governor was plotting her political moves with a presidential run in mind. Mansour wrote that Palin (whom she refers to as “BigBoss”) “took a big risk in endorsing Nikki (Haley for South Carolina governor in her 2010 campaign). You don’t pick a loser in SC. Very important state. Mitt has no hope of winning it … SC is crucial to someone like the Gov. She took a risk.”
How Mansour’s tweets came out is a story in and of itself.
The Daily Caller said they received the tweets directly from Mansour’s recipient. Politico’s Ben Smith wrote today that someone tried to sell him the same messages last Fall. Smith added that The Daily Caller’s editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson told him in an email this morning “we don't pay for stories, and we didn't pay for this one,” and the person who initially tried to sell Smith messages confirmed that no money was exchanged.
Meanwhile, the pro-Palin Twitter account PalinTV has been firing off messages about Mansour’s tweets this morning, writing that Mansour was corresponding with “a friend of two years ‘She trusted’” and the release of the tweets “was intended to bring down Palin’s kids.” PalinTV also chastised The Daily Caller for not publishing “both sides of the conversation.”
The news of Mansour’s tweets comes the same day as the release of “Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of Our Tumultuous Years," a book by ex-Palin aide Frank Bailey that is being billed as the first tell-all from a former Palin insider.