Palin moves closer to possible book deal

Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:02am GMT

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves to the crowd in Phoenix, November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves to the crowd in Phoenix, November 4, 2008.

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - It looks as though Sarah Palin may be ready to tell her story in print.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate apparently has enlisted the help of superstar Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who has brokered book deals for such political A-listers as President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Additionally, he has handled TV deals for many top news anchors and reporters, among them Brian Williams, Lesley Stahl, Neil Cavuto, Christiane Amanpour and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

While not an immediate option, TV news is considered a possible future career path for the telegenic Palin, who is halfway through her first term as Alaska governor.

Reached by telephone late Wednesday, Barnett said he had no comment.

In the past few weeks, Palin has gone on the offensive, lashing out at the media for the way she and her family have been portrayed.

Since her sudden rise to stardom after being picked in late August as Sen. John McCain's running mate, Palin has been mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidate.

But there also has been speculation that she has potential as a TV personality, along the lines of other prominent politicians who have transitioned to television, like Mike Huckabee. In the late 1980s, Palin worked as a sports reporter for Anchorage television stations.

Barnett, who handled Obama's "The Audacity of Hope," already is shopping a book about the 2008 presidential campaign. He recently signed Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, to shop his book about the winning campaign, tentatively titled "The Audacity to Win."

The Alaska governor's press office did not immediately respond to a call and an email seeking comment.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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