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. Avi Shlomo

    There are 49 other governors, we do not hear of so called frivlous law suits against them. Sarah must be the enemy of Sarah Palin. she must have done something to warrant these law suits. the woman is not polished in the arts of politics nor has the understanding of the complex iussue of our time. you do not lead a state or a country with sound bites. send her fishing or shopping. we had had enough of this woman and I can't stand hearing her shreiking voice. The Repulicans must do better than Palin.

    July 11, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Fan of Common Sense

    What has happend to Sarah Palin is a perfect example of why good people do not run for (or remain in) public office. If you are an independent think, if you refuse to conspire with the special interest, if you refuse to bow to the media manipulators and the party power-brokers, then you (and your family) will be destroyed. And we wonder why our country is so screwed up and our leadership is so disfunctional.

    July 11, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Reggie Payne

    Gee Ms. Palin, see how it feels when you are on the receiving end of allegations like this? Remember the things you said and did in the Primarys? Remember all the hate and vitrol you and McCain spewed in your quest fo the White House? Do you?

    July 11, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. katiec

    From what I understand one of the complaints stems from her charging the state $60 a day for living in her home. The statement
    that there were no wrong doings found is false, as she received
    several ethic misconduct charges.
    Granted it seems the charges have been taken to extrfeme but some
    stemmed from people clearly thinking she was doing wrong, like the $8000 she had to repay for her childrens airfare on traveling to functions with her. So, it is not all nonsense as she claims.
    If you go to the various Alaskan newspapers and news channels you
    will realize her popularity has decreased dramatically. Many of her so called accomplishments are pending but, of course, she claims
    victory.

    July 11, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Carl from MI

    Another Republican that's above the law...

    It must be nice having an ethics committee that's been appointed BY Republicans that absolves Republicans of any wrong doings!!

    The Republican Culture of Corruption is still going strong in Alaska!!

    July 11, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. bob

    I would never vote for Palin for national office. But as a moderate I find it telling that this woman scares the left so much. She has a higher IQ then Obama. She has more executive experience then Obama and I think the left is afraid of her because she is an outsider, she is very similar to President Truman and she is electrifying as a speaker. Some people need to reflect on their own short comings and stop casting stones.

    July 11, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    The more your face is in public view (no matter who it is) the more criticism.

    Can't stand the heat Palin? Quit again – quit whining, quit being so mean and devious and divisive and please quit being such a hate monger.

    July 11, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Tim Mills

    I wonder if her quitting might be directly related to the latest ethics complaints against her. She loves to shop!

    July 11, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Pat Dunedin Fl

    She is now filing her own complaints by having other people
    do it . Anything for attention. She wants to call attention to herself
    in any way . This woman is mentally ill and is extremely STUPID.
    SHE IS SO STUPID SHE STINKS. (this comes from the badly
    damaged campaign clothes in question that stunk of Moose
    Oil odors) Please make her go away

    July 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. jika

    You stay classy, Alaska!

    July 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I think she is the best that we have in public office. These silly charges are just from people that are trying to turn the public against her. I, for one, will not be fooled to believe any of the charges. She is Christian enought to stand against them and if she runs for president next time, I will vote for her. She is a plus in our country.
    "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool ALL of the people ALL of the time.
    People, wake up!!!

    July 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Shoreline

    “…we need a much more civil and respectful dialogue…” Sarah Palin.

    That is an amazing statement coming from someone who never missed taking the low road during last fall’s campaign.

    Every time that you think the McCainenstein Monster can not score any higher on the hypocrisy meter, she does.

    More proof that with some people, there is no bottom.

    July 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Kelly in Chicago, IL.

    OK, but what was the other latest ethics complaint. There were two but Nizich only addressed one. That's because the other one was about Palin charging the state per diem to live in her own house in Wasilla, isn't it? Funny how they don't want to mention that one. I suppose there's a really good reason why it's in the best interest of the state for the taxpayers to pay Palin extra money every day for living in her own house?

    If you hadn't done sketchy things, Palin, people wouldn't be accusing you of doing sketchy things. See how it works?

    July 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. steven harnack

    what it shows is that something the soon to be ex-governer herself put in place without thinking has, again come full circle to bite her in the butt. what it should show her is that actions have consequences.

    July 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Richard-Arkansas

    The question, which is not answered in thearticle, is whether the person(s) filing the ethics complaints is(are) citizens of her state. If so, they know her better than the rest of us in the lower 48 and they deserve to get their questions answered. That is the price she pays for deciding that she wanted to be governor. It comes with the territory.

    July 11, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. carole

    "we need a much more civil and respectful dialogue . . . "

    Yes, we do and we needed it from Sarah Palin during the Presidential
    campaign, too. Although most of these complaints are doubtless
    frivolous and silly, the strong feelings behind them in some part
    go back to silly, frivolous, untrue statements made by Gov. Palin
    in the past year. She appealed to the basest instincts in some
    people by spewing lies, half-truths, exaggerations, and some
    "firebombs". I will never forget hearing "Kill him! Kill him!" and
    from that point John McCain lost my vote. How could I trust a man
    whose path to winning, in his mind, included choosing an inexperienced firebrand who was willing to go to any lengths to
    convince angry, easily led people to engage in such behavior???

    Ms. Palin needs to realize that much of what has happened to her
    is a result of her own actions and behavior.

    July 11, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. MW

    Politicians must learn to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. Palin has not learned that nor has she learned that crossing the line repeatedly in terms of abusing her office and padding her paycheck will in fact get her more scrutiny. She also needs to learn that unethical behavior is still bad though in some cases not ILLEGAL and that a finding that charges can not be proven are not the same as "cleared of all wrongdoing".
    She cant understand why she has more ethics charges against her than the governors of nearly every state ... She and the disgaced Gov of SC, and the booted out Gov of Ilinois are a brace of fools.

    July 11, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. sk

    This is getting more pathetic with each passing week. When will it stop? How much more can a person possibly take? I would go after every single person who is making these false ethics complaints and sue their pants off to get every penny back that has been paid out by the state of Alaska and the Palins personal money to fight these. Enough is Enough.

    July 11, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Aaron

    "...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.”

    Let me remind you, Sarah, of one of my favorite quotes of yours from the '08 campaign.

    "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities..."

    Sarah, I'm glad you're leading this positive movement in politics through your own actions.

    July 11, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. akkwildrose

    As an Alaskan, I am sick and tired of frivilous ethics complaints. The vast majority of these complaints have been filed by two women, both of whom according to public records, have been brought to court by several collection agencies due to nonpayments. Now there's some real ethics by the people filing the ethics complaints! What a couple of hypocrits!!

    July 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Robert, Houston, TX

    this is coming from the very camp that is threatening to sue bloggers for posting inaccuracies about her? that's about as frivolous as the ethics complaints she is charging are.

    can republicans do or say anything that doesn't smack of hypocrisy?

    July 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Mike

    Please tell me after this quitter's last day, which isn't soon enough, we will never have to read about her again. Come on CNN, let's cover the 'real' news. What is going on in Afghanistan? North Korea? Iraq? Our economy?

    July 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. LMAO

    Well, even if all the complaints are resolved without finding of wrongdoing, the fact Palin continues to be the poster child of the rising Phoenix of Republican hopes and dreams, is classic.

    I for one hope Palin ends up reemployed at the Bunny Ranch.

    Republicans unite!

    July 11, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Eric

    Oh, c'mon. The woman is stepping down from her position as governor and people are still going after her? If she did get paid, I highly doubt she's the only politician to get paid and that goes for both parties. Give it a rest already.

    July 11, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Palin 2012

    GAWD!! I give up!

    July 11, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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