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Sarah Palin's So-Called Stalker Joe McGinniss Accuses Palins Of Stalking Him

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 05/28/10 09:04 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:35 PM ET

Palin Ethics Complaint

Sarah Palin's new Wasilla next door neighbor, Joe McGinniss, is firing back at the ex-governor and media outlets for suggesting he's a stalker.

According to McGinniss who has a new book titled "Sarah Palin's Year of Living Dangerously" in the works, it's the famous Alaska family that's guilty of stalking him.

In an interview with the New York Times's David Carr on Friday, McGinniss spoke about his new (and temporary) life living a 14-foot tall fence away from Palin.

"I am not taking video or photos and I found two people in my yard who were walking over trying to take a picture over the fence and I told them that they had to leave, so in a way, I am serving as a kind of a buffer."

Mr. McGinniss said that he had planned on moving to either Wasilla or Anchorage this summer to finish reporting for his book when a friend of a friend told him the house was available. He said the house, which the Palin's had previously rented and renovated but never occupied, was a bargain at $1,500 a month with a lake side views.

McGinniss also said he had received "thousands of angry emails and a few death threats" after Palin took to her Facebook page to post a picture of his rented pad along with a message questioning the author's intentions.

McGinniss told the Times that he had hoped to have a cordial relationship with the Palins. Now however, it seems that is going to be unlikely.

"I had hoped for a mutual respect and benign neglect, but on Monday, Todd," Ms. Palin's husband, "came over to introduce himself and I told him who I was and he sort of freaked out," he said.

For anyone wondering if the Palins might decide to pack up and move altogether to avoid the presence of McGinniss, the possibility appears to remain on the table.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, the ex-Governor's brother, Chuck Heath Jr., wouldn't rule out a Palin family relocation -- perhaps even to Washington, DC should the Tea Party favorite decide to run for president in 2012.

Asked if his sister might decide to leave Alaska entirely - say, by running for president in 2012 - Heath is noncommittal. "Nobody knows her plans except for Sarah," he said. "That's the $64,000 question that everybody, everywhere we've gone has asked us. And like we say, in total honesty, we have no idea.
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