July 11th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
9 years ago

Latest ethics complaints should be 'a wake-up call,' Palin says

Gov. Palin's office announced Friday night that two more ethics complaints have been filed against her in the last week.

Gov. Palin's office announced Friday night that two more ethics complaints have been filed against her in the last week.

(CNN) – The two new ethics complaints filed against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the past week should be ‘a wake-up call,’ the former Republican vice presidential candidate says.

In a statement released late Friday night, Palin’s office announced that two more ethics complaints had been filed against the governor in the week since she made her surprise announcement that she plans to step down later this month -including one complaint filed on Friday.

“Although the governor would not have thought it possible, the latest complaint rises to a new level of absurdity in alleging that she has been paid for interviews that she has given to the news media,” Palin’s chief of staff Mike Nizich said in a release announcing the filing of the recent complaints.

“It is amazing to me that anyone could think that, let alone put their name behind it and once again seek to distract state officials and needlessly increase their work load. The state is losing the value of some of its expenditures when public servants are pulled away from important assignments to deal with far-fetched and mean-spirited allegations,” added Nizich.

For her own part Palin used the leveling of two more ethics complaints against her in a week’s time to call for a more productive political discourse in her state.

“The only saving grace in this recent episode is that it proves beyond any doubt the significance of the problem Alaska faces in the ‘new normal’ of political discourse,” Palin also said in Friday’s statement announcing the complaints. “I hope this will be a wake-up call – to legislators, to commentators and to citizens generally – that we need a much more civil and respectful dialogue that focuses on the best interests of the state, rather than the petty resentments of a few.”

Of the total of 19 ethics complaints that have been filed against Palin or her staff, “15 have been resolved without any finding of wrongdoing, and four are now pending,” Friday’s statement from Palin’s office also said.

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  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The ethics legislation in Alaska was Palin's brainchild... that should explain it to everyone. The woman is a boob.

    July 11, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Mark Sanford, Gov of SC (when I feel like showing up)

    And notice how they have again conveniently forgot to mention the substantiated ethics complaint that found she DID abuse the powers of her office and break Alaska state law in the Troopergate scandal. I guess since the committee wimped out and decided not to punish her besides the embarrasssment of the report, she thinks that means she is innocent.

    July 11, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. carlos only smarter

    where is that stupid (no surprise here) stapleton woman?

    Levi was chastised, insulted and more by the swamp dwellers (that's the repugnant reptiles), however, he sounds more credible than the whole alaska circus

    July 11, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Keeth in California

    Funny how the Palin camp counts the troopergate investigation as one that she beat. Her own executive branch ethics investigation cleared her; however, the investigation from the legislature (her constituents!) did not clear her name - and yet she ignores that. She's still acting very Vice-presidential, in a Dick Cheney sort of way.

    July 11, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |

    This is no more absurd than Palin herself (during her campaigning) stated that Obama was associating with terrorists. Unfortunately this is what politics is all about and has been for more than a century.

    July 11, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. GPenn

    If they found no wrong doing like her office claims. Then why is she having to payback money and back taxes on money?

    July 11, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Tom C in NY

    Geez, the Republicans who say that thwy will support her are looking stupider each day. But I do hope that she gets the GOP nomination in `12 because then Obama will win in a total landslide.

    July 11, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. lt

    Way to go Democrats...you are obviously changing the way politics get done in these United States. Setting a new standard for dignity and bi-partisanship.

    We now know that you are no different and never will be.

    We need new parties and new politicians.

    July 11, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Why is EVERYTHING someone elses business?

    Just ignore her and MAYBE she will GO AWAY once and for all. PLEASE!

    July 11, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Lynne

    Wasn't there also some questions about the construction materials of the Palin's home coming from some state projects?

    July 11, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. JD

    Behold the "change" of the new Left. Now it's all about political witch hunts and the blaring of unfounded accusations that make the first page in the liberal media. Of course, these accusations are all dismissed later, only to be buried in the 19th page in Bible-sized font, if at all.

    This jack-booted nonsense has got to end. It's time these purveyors of character assassination were given their walking papers and marched out of the circles of power in this nation.

    July 11, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. AR Guy

    Can you imagine if she was vice president? It would have been a national embarassment to see a vp step down because she "couldn't take it anymore". Its life, Sarah!

    It kills me when people say they're only attacking her because they're "scared" of her. Nothing like sticking to your messiah to the very end. By that logic, conservations are deathly afraid of Obama because they attack him at every chance!

    July 11, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Neil

    Well, Clinton had a lot bigger issues and was ultimately impeached on December 19, 1998, by the House of Representatives on grounds of perjury to a grand jury (by a 228-206 vote) and obstruction of justice. So that is finding of wrong doing. Hmmmm...I wonder why CNN treats these 2 peopel so differently. I thought CNN was a professional and objective news organization...

    July 11, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. DJ, Los Angeles

    I don't see what the fuss is about. ALL elected officials need to be held accountable for their actions and ethics investigations are part of that process. This needs to done to prevent corruption and especially to prevent officials from getting bribed by lobbyists.

    July 11, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Governor Palin did not play the games of the entrenched corrupt politicians and now that her popularity has grown the good ole boy network has set out on a witch hunt to continue their blatent ignorance and corruption. They fear she will run for President and win. Her ethical standard is just to high for the pond-scum floating around the DC area. Not to mention how much lawyers are paid in defending these type of accusations. Just more of the wasteful spending our politicians line up to be a part of. Incumbants do America a favor, by Leaving office, America will be much better off. Shut down the Federal reserve and save America.

    July 11, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Steve in Kentucky

    So CNN just picks up news releases from Palin's press office and posts them lock stock and barrel as if they were somehow news. We don't get any details of the new ethics complaint, just Palin's over-the-top reaction to them.

    July 11, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Ann

    Obama was capable to bring America to chaos in 6 months of administration and 2 years of campaigning. Maybe Michelle is proud now to be American.. the hate and insanity have reached unbelievable levels in America.

    July 11, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Susan (Michigan)

    Perhaps, Ms. Palin, had you been at least a little bit "civil and respectful" of your opponents last fall, there would be less animosity toward you. Perhaps if you had told the truth and not asked the McCain people to lie about the Alaska Secessionists and Todd's involvement with them; told McCain about Bristol BEFORE you accepted their invitation; been a little bit humble about your knowledge of issues instead of being arrogant and blaming the "media" for what you don't yet know; had not been dogged by ethics questions ever since your first job as Mayor; PERHAPS people would actually like you. But you aren't interested in that. You are only interested in stating your positions on family and state, and then acting in a diametrically opposed way, and you fully expect not to be asked any clarifying questions, and that people will not actually use the Internet to try and discern the truth of your statements. (And by the way, I do the same for all sides, not just Palin.) Face it, Guv, you will never be in Washington. You are just too unpredictable. (Although you might fit right into the C Street gang.)

    July 11, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Justice in America

    You think people just make these up out of thin air? Palin acts like she's 5 years old. I'm glad you tumbled under the weight of "fake" complaints, liar. I'm sure you resolved many of them by agreeing to leave office rather than be arrested. Get out of the public eye, you're a disgrace.

    July 11, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. videodrome

    GROAN – now what?
    Can people give this a rest?
    And as for this "civil and respectful dialogue" schtick, I hope Palin will take a dose of her own medicine. Maybe, while she is out making her $$, she will keep the namecalling and the religious mumbo-jumbo to a minimum, and be more respectful of those that do not share her political views.
    Good grief.

    July 11, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. HJHaney

    "Of the total of 19 ethics complaints that have been filed against Palin or her staff, “15 have been resolved ( by the Alaska State Personnel Board, a 3 member group of Republican Gubernatorial appointees who depend on the Governor for their jobs) without any finding of wrongdoing"

    July 11, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. gandoman

    Whomever reads this will want to note that within 12 months, there will be other charges brought against Sarah "White Trash" Palin.
    It is absurd to think (unlikely amongst Republican supporters) that a low-life, no-morals, wannabee got to be Governor through political brilliance and not by going through the 'Backdoor' of most of the so called political well-to-do.
    Let's face it.....We are talking about Alaska, a state of alcoholic freeloaders whose every intention (at least among the republicans) has always been to usurp the native populaton and abscond with their land and whatever wealth they own.
    Palin & the Republican Party are like 'warts' in the sense that you can burn them, freeze them, cut them out, yet no matter how you get rid of them, they always pop-up somewhere else.
    I would like to see Palin pop-up at sea with a killer whale munching on her behind.

    July 11, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. First

    First Post!

    Palin Rocks! The sorry all you libs have to be so scared of her. She can draw more of a crowd than osama obama.

    July 11, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. mh

    the people who bring the frivilous ethics compliants should be put in jail.

    July 11, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Mike in NYC

    Though Bible-toting patriotards are not my cup of tea, the fact that Palin had the "in" people slamming her 24/7/365 was a major plus for her in my book.

    White, straight, gun-toting, has lots of kids. Scary to modern degenerates. Sounds good to me.

    July 11, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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