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. Ted Tartaglia

    The Governor quitee sure generates a lot of drama.

    July 11, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Ed Reno,NV

    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.

    At least we can count on Governor Palin to lie about the results of the complaints against her. Thank you, Sarah.

    July 11, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. hawkeye

    Now they are a nit picki8n. Where is Joe six-pack when she needs him, maybe he has gone a fishin.

    July 11, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Archivist

    She really believes this stuff she spouts, doesn't she?

    If she can answer questions in an interview, it's not because she is uninformed, it's because the interviewer was out to get her .. by .. hmmm ASKING QUESTIONS .. which is the interviewer's JOB ..

    If her kids are in the spotlight of the Media, it's not because she put them there, it's because the media is out to get her!

    If she quits her job, she isn't a quitter, she is ... hmm .. well .. what IS she doing, anyway?? what did she say again?? Higher calling or something?

    And.. if there are Ethics complaints filed, it's not because someone has an issue with her Ethics, it's because they are trying to prove her point, which is that people file Ethics complaints!

    July 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Chris

    So, 4 ethics charges did have merit.

    Four ethic violations in less then 3 year, pretty amazing.

    July 11, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Klaxon Zamboni

    Wake up call for Sarah Palin! Wake up call for Sarah Palin!

    Wake up, Sarah! You quit and called it a big step forward. You have yet to show any grasp whatsoever of policy or political theory. You say the most idiotic and bizarre things to the public and the press. Your short career was an ethics disaster and was so even before McCain made you famous. You have absolutely no ideas whatsoever, much less any vision for America.

    Wake up, Sarah! It's all just an ego fantasy! You have no qualifications whatsoever for high public office. Your behavior is erratic and irrational and buffoonish.

    Wake up, Sarah! You have become the Anna Nicole Smith of politics: devoid of talent, phoney as can be, and only in it for your own personal gain.

    Wake up, Sarah! Quitting was political suicide. Only yokels and zealots will continue to follow your joke of a path.

    July 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. a REAL American

    I guess liberals are having a hard time letting go of the fact that Sarah Palin won't be around anymore to smear and hate on. Considering that they call themselves "progressive", isn't it ironic that liberals are so quick to name-call like schoolyard children when you don't share their views? First it was BDS, then PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome)- who will be next? I'm sure it will be another white, Christian with a family.

    July 11, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Common Sense

    It is apparent that we need legal reform as much, or more, than health care reform. Idiots can keep filing these ethics complaints, with or without merit, and continue to cost the Palins and the state of Alaska time and money. Why are these liberals so scared of Sarah Palin???

    Does integrity really upset you this badly? If you really want valid ethics complaints, take a good look at the Messiah and there will be lots of meat left on the bones there.

    July 11, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. CW

    Yes, a wake up call it is...FOR HER. Her popularity has plummeting by more than 30 points in a matter of months in Alaska. Even in her own state she is viewed as divisive and polarizing. When she campaigned for office she said to the voters: "Hold Me Accountable!" I guess they are.

    People don't attack people who they trust and respect. Wake Up Sarah!

    July 11, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. mary griffith

    Wonder if Obama will have to reimburse us for all of Michelle's and the daughters' travels like Palin did?? Hers was nothing compared to the millions that we have shelled out in these few months for Obama's family to go with him.

    July 11, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Rob, Washington State

    I think there should be an easy way to handle this. Hire a taxpayer funded group that handles ethics complaints, with a contract that can't be broken. Let them handle all ethics investigations. Since the contract can't be broken or changed, state officials can't really influence it (and it would be a private entity, so couldn't even threaten firing members of it)... but at the same time, if people want to file frivolous ethics complaints, this group keeps track of the amount of time and effort, and bills the person who files it.

    I mean come on, what proof does whoever filed the "paid interview" complaint have?

    July 11, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Andrew

    This coming from the person who repeatedly said that Obama is paling around with terrorists and that certain parts of the country are more american than others.

    HYPOCRITE

    Seriously what is it about the republican party that makes their leader make these hypocritical comments. For any negative comment they make you can bring up an example of where they did the exact same thing. Do you think we are stupid and forget your little mess ups after a few days?

    July 11, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Sandy

    Sarah Palin has the guts to say "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.”

    You're the one who needs the wake up call, babe. How many ethics complaints is this now? You took state money and used it for personal gain, you tried to have your brother in law fired, you used you handicapped child when it was to your benefit and tried to use it against others who criticized you. You have no morals or ethics. We are glad you resigned as governor, and hope to never see you attempt to run for political office ever again.

    July 11, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. rob

    Why didn't the report name the charges filed against Palin? The answer is CNN doesn't care how frivolus they are, the headline is what there after. I don't find Palin to be the best candidate but the more they go after her with the help of the liberal MSM the more I will root for her to put them all to shame.

    She scares the hell out of the Elite Political Class including Republicans. Thats why she is ridiculed by them.

    Nov 2010 can't come fast enough.

    July 11, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Nick, Ashburn

    And you wonder why people hate liberals. Always complaining, never doing. Distracting others from getting their work done.

    July 11, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. The Crypticum Keeper

    Here's the REAL wake up call, Sarah: start operating honestly and openly, and quit with the disingenuous whining.

    July 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Proud American

    Wow what a Idiot......

    July 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. B.H.

    Jackson is almost history, now it’s back to Palin......
    There must be no news worthy stories anywhere else on the planet.

    July 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. republicanturneddemocrat

    In this country, you are guilty until proven innocent. Until that happens, regardless of Palin or her lawyer's opinion of these charges, it is DUE PROCESS for those who feel as if they have a legitimate complaint. And the courts will be the final deciders of that.

    Sounds as if Palin and her lawyer's are BASHING the American Judicial system that has made our country equal for all.

    July 11, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. joeb

    "... petty resentments of a few..." Do those few include you?

    July 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Griff

    Attention Sarah: If you're so concerned about what goes on in government, then STAY THERE AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

    July 11, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. ja

    Palin, has blundered, high office aren't for everyone, despite the ability to get elected

    July 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. some guy in New Hampshire

    Palin always, always takes the bait. She has to go tit for tat with "the media", David Letterman, McCain's ex-staffers, the endless people filing ethics complaints, and on and on. If you're a serious person, you shrug off that stuff and talk about serious things - not bleat on endlessly about how aggrieved you are and how picked-on you are. Maybe she sounds so petty because, deep down, she is petty.

    July 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Sylvia

    Why then did she reimburse the state for travel expenses? I don't pay fines I don't owe.

    July 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. James in the OC

    Can't CNN report any actual NEWS! This is just a Palin press release. What CNN should of done is interview those that filed the complaints. i.e. Given them a chance to back up if the filling is legit or not.

    This way the public can determine if the people doing the fillings are the jerks or not (i.e. just doing this for political reasons).

    SO while I believe Palin has little to no merit as a leader, I have to take her side on this one thanks to the bogus job CNN does as a news service.

    July 11, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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