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. AA

    She still does not get it.

    Alaska does not face any problem. She does. A target? Yes she is. A wake-up call? Yes. But not for legislators. For her.

    It is called the law.

    July 11, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Pat in IL

    She should look to herself. The "wake up call" is for her.....the people of Alaska are trying desperately to make her accountable. Maybe some of these suits are not backed up very well, but "where there's smoke, there's fire".

    July 11, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Tssshhhh

    I wish I had voted the bill that might have made Sarah Palin the vice president. I'm ashamed of myself for falling into the vat of lies that has become my candidate. I thought by now we'd all see a new level of transparency, our troops would be home from Iraq, No lobbyists would be in the cabinet and I'd be reading bills and props on the government website.....
    Ms. Palin, should you run in 2012, you'll get a vote, if for no other reason than shame, it'll be a vote.

    July 11, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. trying to be reasonable in WV

    Sarah Palin said: “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.”

    Fair enough, Gov. Palin. And let's substitute "best interests of the nation" for "the state" [meaning Alaska] to make it apply to all of us, OK? Then let the dialogue be civil and respectful. I agree. If only the tone and content of your remarks during last fall's campaign had been exclusively civil and respectful, perhaps those of us you said weren't "real Americans" would be more inclined to listen carefully to what you say. now. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

    July 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Chris W

    How is it "far-fetched and mean-spirited allegations” to allege a politician received money for interviews? If she did she did, if she didn't she didn't. Sounds like the normal course of the public monitoring their elected officials to me. And a little of Sarah's customary "woe is me" shtick on top. Infact I'd be proud to think the Democrats were able to mount a kind of massive on-slot of organized ethics complaints action that brought her down. I'm an Independent but could even switch to their party if that was the case! More the kind of aggressive tactics Rove and Cheney (anyone remember Ken Star) have made the Republican playbook for years so if the Obama admin is able to "hit back harder", which I'm not thinking they did, THEN, WOW, GO TEAM!

    July 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Debra R

    The proof is in the pudding. 19 ethics complaints, 15 resolved without fingin any wrong doing....just another stupid democrat trick...they can never just have a civil debate it always degrades into accusations, name calling and histrionics. Beginning to think liberal democrat is an oxy-moron just like jumbo shrimp. Palin for president!!!!!!

    July 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. wayne

    amazing that we should hear this:

    "...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.”

    from one who is so adapt at the petty and angry/baseless political discourse..

    Palin is a fraud

    July 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. ab

    Palin is picking a fight with the press again? One of the pending ethics complaints was filed by a Conservative Watchdog group. Also her argument that defending these complaints has cost the state a lot of money has been proven to be false in the media this week.

    Word of advise Palin – Leave the media alone.

    July 11, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. BJK

    You are so right Sarah.... everyone knows that you have god's blessing and we should turn a blind eye to anything suspicious you might do.....

    July 11, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    CNN just can't let it go. She's history – and that's not good history.

    July 11, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Gary SC

    " 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.”

    If you would only do as you say. You are the most disrespectfull speeker I have heard or seen.
    Pal'in around with terrorist!!

    July 11, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Yakke

    Apparently, Sarah Palin believes that it is an absurd waste of time and money for a Governor to be questioned by her detractors. So, she clearly believes that our system of checks and balances, our legal system, and the concept of accountability are all basically weapons in the hands of liberals and "mainstream media" (whatever that is). Using her own words and actions, it takes only a modicum of logic to ascertain that she considers herself above the law and beyond reproach. This, folks, is a frightening stance for any human being to take, but it is exponentially more frightening when we consider the power she wield(ed) as governor and the power she could wield if ever elected to a higher office. Keep your eyes on this one. She'll be back.

    July 11, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Ray from Nashville

    Here we go with the "I'm being persecuted" theme again. The fact is that ethics compaints are just a part of politics. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a governor of any state who hasn't had ethics complaints filed against him or her. Most are probably bogus, but some, like in Governor Palin's case, are found to be valid.

    It's a common known axiom that you have to have thick skin to go into politics. I guess no one told her in time.

    July 11, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. MC

    For those of you who dislike Palin, I would encourage your comrades to stop the lunacy and all these crazy ethics filings...it only strengthens Palin's argument that the crazy left is out to hang her, which in turn means she gather more supporters.

    Leave the woman alone!! AND, stop wasting taxpayers money! Your man BO is spending enough for all of you.

    July 11, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Barbara

    What ta heck is she sayin'? It's a wake-up call for sure-this lady never makes any sense.once words start ramblin' out of her mouth.

    July 11, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Karen

    Good grief, is this the biggest problem Alaska politicians have to deal with. Do they not have budget problems, problems with economy and jobs. This is a total waste of state time and money. They should be satisfied she resigned. We have plenty of real problems in the lower 48 if they have extra time on their hands :)

    July 11, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. F-Dog

    Palin was found to have breached a state ethics act by a bipartisan legislative panel. Palin's handpicked panel said she did not.

    July 11, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Dorothy

    Obviously Palin conveniently forgot how she falsely accused Barack Obama of consorting with terrorists. The hypocrisy is beyond belief.

    July 11, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Concerned

    I'm pretty sure that one of those ethics complaints said she had abused her position of office but that she had done nothing illegal. Illegal is different from unethical.

    July 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Only 21% of Americans trust republicans to lead them into the 21st century!

    "respectful dialogue that focuses on the best interests of the state, rather than the petty resentments of a few.”

    Now if only YOU and the party of NO will take this to heart and begin to get past the republiklan racism, against a black man for President, MAYBE your party will begin to move forward, instead of in reverse!

    But members of the rabid Reich will never learn and will continue to beat your chest and spout quotes from the Book of Fables, and pretend to be "christians" to hide the bigotry!

    July 11, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Susan

    why against Palin only and not other republican governors?
    Dems know that she will be a big boost for Dems if she contest in 2012 so they want to push her up politically.
    I think that these ethic complaints may have some merit.

    republicans are loosing my trust by claiming that Palin is the best they got. she is the worst they can ever have.
    stop palling with Palin.

    July 11, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Robrob

    Strange, in all the whining about the charges I don't see where she has ever actually *denied* the allegations.

    July 11, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. katiewithroses

    If it isn't unethical for members of the holier-than-thou media to sell lobbyists access to members of the Obama Administration (the WaPo "salons" e.g.)... why should it it be unethical for Palin to sell access to herself to members of the media?

    July 11, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Albert M.

    Are you serious? Obama receives a $500,000 advance on a "book deal" as Pres. Elect and not a peep from anyone on ethics. Wake up
    USA. Stop the double standards.

    July 11, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Matt

    Grow up Liberal Dirtbags.

    July 11, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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