July 11th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
5 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. Richard

    Is this news? Reporting a response without describing what the complaints state? Given your fulltime treatment of Michael Jackson, it should be no surprise that you don't qualify as a legitimate news source.

    July 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Stephanie

    Why isn't CNN reporting how the gross exaggeration by Palin of the cost of defending these complaints?? By her accounting the lawyers would have been making $30 000 an hour!

    But that wouldn't fit into the storyline that CNN is pushung right now. No news, just selective comments and sensationalized headlines like "Is Obama snubbing his father's country" with no chance for comments!!

    July 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Palin should have to reimburse the state of Alaska for not fullfilling her contract as Gov. Any other person hire for a specific amount of time to do a job and then quits after receiving thousands of dollars would have to do that.

    July 11, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. ted

    I'm still amazed. I'm a Libertarian who is no fan of Palin. However, I gotta call it as I see them. The press does lean to the left and have gone after Palin on every little thing. I don't get it. She's done for – why the hell is the press still going after her? Why are we still talking about her? Why don't we talk about something like the second stimulus package which will put us further in debt and raise inflation in the long run. Why isn't the press talking about that??? Oh, that's right. Michael Jackson died and the press has to talk about that as well...

    July 11, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Ancientrivr

    I guess that would be the same "civil discourse" that allows you to seriously state that your opponent "pals around with terrorists" and finds you snickering and grinning when your crowd shouts about your opponent "terrorist" and "kill him". God help her if we hold her to her own standard.

    July 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Gary

    Leave her alone, these are all bogus ethics complaints that cost money to defend but then end up being dropped. If the Dems keep doing this don't you think that the Repubs will retaliate with ethics charges against the dems too....this will become political paralysis.

    Heck maybe paralysis is better than deficit spending. We'll see.

    July 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Cowgirl

    The question is was she paid for ANY interviews? Not just news stations. Time, People Magazine, Runners World, etc, etc, she has been in tons of articles. Why would someone even file a complaint if they were not positive she had taken money.

    July 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Tim Henson

    They need to change the way ethics probes are opened in Alaska. As it stands today, you don't need any proof whatsoever meaning you can claim whatever you want, and anyone can "file". It is pretty clear, no matter what anyone thinks of Governor Palin, these ethics probes are nothing more than witch hunts. They are costing the state millions of dollars and forcing her and her family to hire legal council to defend these obviously baseless accusations.

    If she wasn't resigning, the probes would just keep coming. How would you feel if it were you and your family in that situation?

    Talk about the "politics of personal destruction". Pathetic and sad is what it is.

    July 11, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Ronald Schwartz

    ethic complaints agains Palin are STUPID. Why not a few against a pres. who has no ethics above the law.

    July 11, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Joe

    Palin's departure when practically all politicians face legal challenges of one sort or another and handle each one in due course further shows Palin's inability to handle the pressures of public service.

    Stepping down as Governor in order to save the state money is a farce. If she understood the true nature of things, she'd realize that the state will ALWAYS have those expenses no matter who is serving. She is only betraying those who elected her to office and further demonstrating her unreliability as a servant to the people.

    Good-bye Palin. Here's hoping this is the last time we'll see you in public service. Senator McCain will surely appreciate you leaving the spotlight so he can rid himself and the public of the constant reminder of his own poor choices.

    July 11, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Sarah, when you spew things like this, ..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.”, do you realize how hypocritical you sound. So much for he/she who is without sin be the first to cast a stone!

    July 11, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Kat

    If ya can't beat them, bog them down with red tape!!! How shameful of those that file these complaints. Sarah Palin will rise above them, oopps, she is already above them.

    July 11, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Jim Hicks

    Shake it off Sarah!!!

    July 11, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. George Arlington, TX.

    This shows stupid is as stupid does. Thank God she is not the VP.

    July 11, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Kyle

    $arah Palin is a complete idiot.

    July 11, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. DJ

    Sooooo . . . since there are "only" 4 ethics complaints pending we should be impressed Ms. Palin's integrity?

    July 11, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Phil

    I'm not a Palin fan, but it seems to be getting a little ridiculous at this point. Her detractors are coming across petty and childish.

    July 11, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. LexieLou

    Sarah has long been circling the drain....she finally flushed herself!

    July 11, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Joe

    Great to hear.. As a Republican, I don't want this moronic woman anywhere close to becoming President. Cmon, can't we come up with better candidates than this?

    July 11, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. BooHoo

    Her true character continues to seep out!

    July 11, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. dick delson

    Enough of Sarah Palin. She should disappear under a rock.

    July 11, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Emma

    I wish we all could begin to ignore Sarah Palin. She has exposed herself enough so that we have a good handle on her personality, her morals. her politics, her unsuitability for national leadership. There is little chance those of us who voted for someone else than McCain/ Palin
    will change our minds about her.

    July 11, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Joe in Austin

    the closing line is not true. some of the ethics complaints have resulted in compensatory payments from Palin to the state of AK. CNN reporter, where are you?

    July 11, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Steve (the real one)

    Let the accusers take this to court, if they fail to prove their case, they should pay ALL court costs, including those of Governor Palin. 15 cases resolved without finding any wrong doing! I can hear some of you now with chants of 'her people are the investgators." My chant...prove it!

    July 11, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Jonathan Burton

    Sarah Palin is not an idiot.
    Sge may be self serving, and an opportunist, but she does have some brains up there.
    Sarah will stay relevant as long as she can.
    She understands that to keep her name in the news in a way that is self promoting, that she must leave the remote borders of Alaska and be active in the lower 48.
    She must have the time to talk about issues that she thinks will earn her points with the GOP and the voting public as well.
    Sarah Palin has quit every publicly elected job she has had in order to pursue a more prestigious/ powerful public office up the political ladder. This is no different.
    This is what she is thinking: I will keep my name in the news, and run for President in 2012, and if I dont win, I will make lots of money along the way.
    Sad isn't it?

    July 11, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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