It’s Sunny All Year Round at the Governor’s Mansion in Alaska

On the campaign trail, Sarah Palin likes to brag about how she put the Alaska state jet on eBay and fired the governor’s personal chef. One item that doesn’t appear in her stump speech, however, is the personal tanning bed Palin had installed in the governor’s mansion.

This morning NarcoNews reported that that a tanning bed had been installed in the governor’s official residence in 2007, sourcing a Department of Transportation employee familiar with renovations at the mansion. This evening, Politico’s Ben Smith reported that Palin had paid for the tanning bed with her own money.

Now, Palin’s own gubernatorial spokesman Bill McCallister has confirmed to TPMmuckraker that a tanning bed had been installed in the governor’s official residence in 2007, and that it wasn’t paid for with state funds.

“She paid for it herself,” McCallister told TPMmuckraker. “It was surplus from a local athletic club.”

The news of Palin’s luxurious purchase — beds can cost as much as $35,000 — presents a sharp contrast to the blue-collar persona she projects on the campaign trail.

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