As a young television reporter covering the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament in 1987, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin apparently didn't mind mixing work with pleasure, according to an excerpt from a forthcoming biography, the National Enquirer reported yesterday.

The book by Joe McGinniss, titled “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin,” claims the Republican Party darling had a steamy meeting with then-University of Michigan basketball star Glen Rice, who played in the tournament, according to the Enquirer’s online report.

Alas, Alaska doesn't have the same mantra as Las Vegas, because the 6-foot, 7-inch small forward Rice reportedly confirmed to McGinniss that he did in fact do the deed with Palin, the report said.

McGinniss started his journalism career back in the 1960s, working at both the Philadelphia Bulletin and Inquirer before moving on to books after an early success chronicling Richard Nixon’s presidency. He also is the same guy in the news a couple years ago when he rented a house in Wasilla, Alaska — Palin’s hometown — directly next to the Palin home.

 

A publishing source also told the scandal-laden tabloid that Palin used cocaine before becoming the governor of Alaska.

UPDATE: Now the Guardian is reporting that the book contains even more juicy tidbits, including the fact that Palin had an affair with her husband's business partner in the 1990s, and that she once snorted cocaine while snowmobiling. But come on, who hasn't done that?

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