We’ve heard the allegations before that “First Dude” Todd Palin, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s husband, was involved in an extramarital affair. In fact, extramarital affairs have been alleged against both Sarah and Todd Palin since Sarah became a national celebrity and vice presidential candidate in 2008.
But the National Enquirer is now maintaining that, unlike the salacious rumors and innuendo of the former claims and scandals and divorce rumors, there just might be a little more to the story of a scandalous involvement with a massage therapist named Shailey Tripp and a prostitution arrest in March 2010, an arrest that the Enquirer is reporting might also have connections to Todd Palin.
Among the allegations being made against Todd, posted in an anonymous e-mail sent to various news outlets, are frequent visits to the massage therapist, Shailey Tripp, where tenants where she maintains her office claim to have not only seen Todd coming and going at the masseuse’s office but also heard sounds of sex from the place.
The National Enquirer claims that they have documents that show that the 36-year-old masseuse gave free massages to someone working for Sarah Palin’s campaign for governor of Alaska. The Enquirer also confirmed that Tripp was arrested for maintaining a house of prostitution on March 4, 2010, and pleaded no contest in June. The tabloid also reported that they had “learned” there was physical evidence found during the arrest of Tripp that might further implicate Todd Palin in an unsavory extramarital affair or sex scandal.
The accusatory e-mail was sent out on Jan. 4 from an account from firstname.lastname@example.org, according to the Enquirer.
“My sources reveal that a massage therapist and computer technologist, SHAILEY TRIPP, had an affair with Todd Palin that lead (sic) to her arrest March of 2010,” claimed the anonymous e-mail. “According to the tenants in the building of her offices, they saw Todd come and go often and heard noises that sounded like someone was having sex. It was the same tenants who called the police on her.”
Todd’s representatives have denied any and all allegations made against him. However, the National Enquirer notes in an update of their original story, that, according to the New York Daily News, unlike the other scandals when the Palins were accused of extramarital affairs, there has been no quick refutation of the claims by Sarah herself.
Although stories of cheating husbands and wives abound in politics, most infidelity allegations are dismissed without some form of concrete or tangible proof surfacing to support the allegations, which are often unfounded rumors. Cheating spouse stories that appear in tabloids are usually viewed with a skeptical eye as well. However, the National Enquirer has gained a bit of a reputation in the last few years for digging up credible sex scandals, breaking both the stories of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter affair and the non-political Tiger Woods scandal, the former gaining the tabloid a Pulitzer Prize nod for investigative journalism.
Given Sarah Palin’s high-profile status and her hints at running for president in 2012, even a slightly credible story held together with potentials and possible connections to a cheating scandal will become news. If there is even a slim chance of the story becoming something more than insinuations and allegations, or even if it is a story with built-in he-said-she-said deniable plausibility (such as Shailey Tripp, the alleged prostitute, being a masseuse and a masseuse only), the media will continue to run with it. But if there is something more, if Tripp turns out to be another Jaimee Junger or Andrew Young willing to sell their story (or just a story), the media will be only too happy to provide an outlet.
“Todd Palin Sex Scandal,” NationalEnquirer.com