"She did. She paid for it with her own money," Roger Wetherell, chief communications officer of Alaska's Department of Transportation and Public Facilities told Us....
According to Wetherell, the tanning bed was purchased used, from a health club.
Tanning beds can cost up to $35,000 to install in a home - not including the cost of parts, Color Me Tan manager Erin Weise told the Narco News.
"I don't think it's normal for people to have a tanning bed in their house, " Wiese, who is based in Fairbanks said. "It's expensive."
...Palin declared May 2007, "Skin Cancer Awareness Month." In the press materials it was noted, "Skin cancer is caused, overwhelmingly, by over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and from tanning beds ["Sarah Palin Installed Tanning Bed at Governor's Mansion," UsMagazine.com, 2008.09.15].
Yup. Just like the rest of us: cartin' the kids to hockey practice, freezin' moose meat, and spendin' several thousand dollars on vanity.
Update 11:27 CDT: And let's give credit where credit is due: Al Giordano and Bill Conroy at NarcoNews.com first reported on this story and offer an outstanding discussion of why Palin's tanning bed is "emblematic of a larger narrative about inauthenticity, insincerity and overblown claims of 'everyday people' street cred that have been floated by the McCain-Palin campaign about its newest member." Three big cheers for the alternative media!
Update 15:04 CDT: More cheers for alternative media: NarcoNews.com treats us to a description of how they heard about Sarah Tannin' from a commenter, checked out the facts first, then posted. Good work, fellas! Giordano even acknowledges the first-glance triviality of the story, but...
It's a small thing - sort of like that $400 haircut that chipped away at the credibility of a previous aspirant to national office - but from small matters sometimes come bigger truths [Al Giordano, "Palin's Tanning Bed: The Evolution of a Story," NarcoNews.com: The Field, 2008.09.15].
They also track down a source from the Anchorage Daily News from November 2007 claiming to have seen the work order for the tanning bed. According to that column, the governor's office said the bed was a gift for Palin's daughters.