A former top aide to Sarah Palin during her 2008 run for the vice presidency was among a group of former staffers trying to discredit an HBO film about the former Alaska governor’s time on the national stage. However, the same staffer provided some assistance to the screenwriter for “Game Change” and suggested they have a “formal agreement,” Politico
The adviser, Jason Recher, was among a group who held a conference call to denounce the as-yet-unreleased movie. He called the depiction of Palin false. However, Recher exchanged emails and spoke with the screenwriter, Danny Strong, and eventually provided color and two photographs, Politico reported.
According to Politico, Recher wrote in an email to Strong: “Thanks for the call, I enjoyed speaking with you. Considering your past work with Recount, I believe you want to make GameChange [sic] as realistic as possible. Governor Palin is a unique and complex player in the book and even more so in reality.
“Based on our discussion, I believe it key to your project to accurately reflect the nuances of her personality as it was in public and behind the curtain in addition to the at times dramatic scenes and settings we found ourselves in. I would be pleased to confidentially consult with you on this and suggest we discuss a formal agreement to do so. I would look forward to meeting with you and Jay and discussing my unique experiences directly from memory and not for spin to assist you on the project.
“Thanks again and should you and the production team like to move forward I am open to discuss options.”
However, Recher told Politico that he was not seeking money in the e-mail and his intent was to provide “the view of a pro-Palin person . . . I wanted to make sure my voice was heard and I wasn’t used as a pawn. I wanted to know how my words would be used. I didn’t know Danny Strong.”
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