More dirt on Palin on the way?

The National Enquirer is reporting that Sarah Palin had an affair with her husband's business partner, who reportedly just tried to have his divorce records sealed.

Published September 5, 2008 7:54PM (EDT)

Is another big story about Sarah Palin's family life imminent? It's certainly starting to look possible.

Earlier this week, the National Enquirer reported:

Another incredible allegation emerging from the family war is that Palin, a mother of five, had an affair with a former business associate of her fisherman husband, Todd.

"Todd discovered the affair and quickly dissolved his friendship and his business associations with the guy," charges an enemy. "Many people in Alaska are talking about the rumor and say Todd swept it under the rug."

(The article isn't online, so no link, sorry -- the Enquirer sent me a PDF copy.)

Now, obviously, this is the National Enquirer saying this. But, to quote myself, from a July post about the paper's reporting on John Edwards:

I know what you're thinking: Why even bother with anything printed by the Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid you probably think of as the kind of "newspaper" that focuses on rumors that Elvis Presley is alive -- and leading a band of rampaging space aliens? ... That's not really the Enquirer's niche, though. It gets confused with publications like the defunct Weekly World News, but in fact the Enquirer is surprisingly good at reporting on these kinds of stories, and it has a decent track record with them. It was the Enquirer that published the photo of Donna Rice sitting on Gary Hart's lap. It was the Enquirer that broke the story of Rush Limbaugh's addiction to painkillers.

And we all know how the Edwards story turned out.

Plus, a new bit of information is adding some fuel to the fire: Todd Palin's former business partner has reportedly moved to have the court records from his divorce sealed. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean there's anything juicy in there -- he could just be trying to prevent nosy reporters from digging around, and who could blame him? But it is interesting.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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