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. anthony

    I thought the entirety of the republican party was based upon the petty resentments of the few?

    Palin doesn't want us looking into ethics complaints? There must be something to them. And perhaps we might get a better idea of last week's resignation.

    July 11, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. NoTelePrompTer

    If this woman is as ditzy as the press and others want people to think, why are they so obviously afraid of her? You would think they would simply leave her alone now that she has resigned, but they seem to be intent on destroying her beyond belief. That implies that they are very, very afraid of her and what she stands for – Integrity, and smaller government included. This is so against what is now evident in Washington.

    July 11, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. hsl

    With all of the media attention that is garnered from these complaints it makes on wonder who is really behind them.

    Wouldn't be surprised to see that it is Gov. Palin or someone within
    her circle.

    July 11, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. aware

    Carl M. Cannon, Senior Washington Correspondent is correct when he says,"...to me the entire Sarah saga revealed that it wasn't only the traditional media's business model that is broken. Our journalism model is busted, too."

    Unfortunately, Mr. Cannon stands alone as the "politics of personal destruction" continue the Sarah saga.

    Sara Palin will survive but much of the mean-spirited media will not! :)

    July 11, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. annie for Palin

    This is definetly a plot contrived by the demmies and the government owned & operated bias news media. How pathetic of them! Isn't it amazing how much fear one little woman in a far north country strikes in the demmies and their government owned news media. Probably a few of the 'good ole boy' repubbies are in on this also. Anybody who strikes this much fear in the current administration is definetly the candidate for 2012. Petty lawsuits should start being filed in the states of every demmie and see how their states like paying for nothing.

    July 11, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. hhs

    For Palin to be calling for more civil dialogue would be laughable if it wasn't so pathetic. Maybe she should have thought of this when she said Obama cavorted with terrorists and implied that Obama was himself a terrorist. A good time to call for civil dialogue would have been at her own rallies when her groupies were yelling "Kill him", "Terrorist", etc. She might have brought it up then....Nahhh. Those people were just exercising their right to free speech. Boy, can she dish it out; too bad she can't take it.

    July 11, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. aware

    Mahalo nui loa Governor Palin! :)

    Carl M. Cannon, Senior Washington Correspondent is correct when he says,"…to me the entire Sarah saga revealed that it wasn't only the traditional media's business model that is broken. Our journalism model is busted, too."

    Unfortunately, Mr. Cannon stands alone as the "politics of personal destruction" continue the Sarah saga.

    Sarah Palin will survive but much of the mean-spirited media will not!

    July 11, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Wanderer

    Although, I am independent, however, so far, based on what I have observed since McCain picked her for the VP candidate, now I think I have a good idea about her that is other than being a good looking lady with sharp tongue I have not seen anything from her that could convince me to believe she should have been, or be fit for a leadership position at any level. Twisting story, upsetting the facts black to white, white to black, inciting violent, taking out of context making up story to frame opponents, self-righteousness, hypocrisy i.e. showing off moral and family values, self flattering, blaming others, spending taxpayer money for personal use, $150,000 for clothing during the campaign, and so on. It really is now ‘A WAKE-UP CALL’ to legislators, to commentators, to citizens generally, and especially to those who have been defending Mrs. Palin, all should be more honest and thinking about the sake of the county before offering her the opportunity to have a position with power.
    PS: I have also seen many husbands who had problems of dealing with this kind of spouse. I hope Mr. Palin is not one of them.

    July 11, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Joe

    The amount of baseless attacks made against Palin and her family are absolutely frightening. It is amazing what politicians and the media can get away with today.

    The country right now is basically ran by the media. Sort of like the state run media in Iran and North Korea right?

    Both sides of the aisle, conservatives and democrats, should be screaming in Palin's defense right now and demanding she be left alone unless someone has proof of wrongdoing.

    July 11, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Poker_Person

    I think I will start researching how to file ethics complaints against Freaky Barney, Embarrassment Pelosi, and Crook Dodd. They may not resign but maybe it will slow down the destruction they are causing.

    July 11, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Brad

    She talks about civil discourse now? Where was she during the election? What a hypocrite.

    Sarah, your 15 minutes are almost up.

    July 11, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Heidi Shumaker

    How much do you want to bet that she had someone file these complaints to bolster her excuse for quitting?

    July 11, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Mary

    I was not a Palin supporter, due to her long rambling responses to media questions. HOWEVER, now that I see how the eloquent speaker President Obama and Congress are wasting my taxpayer dollars, I'm ready to support someone with honesty and values in 2012. Palin, as of today, you would get this democrat vote. I didn't know Obama was going to bring the Chicago style politics to
    Washington (how niave of me). Palin, we need an HONEST person in Washington........you go girl!

    July 11, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Ashley

    I am by no means a fan of Sarah Palin...but seriously people! Filing two complaints ...one that she is being paid to do interviews...just let the lady go quietly (if at all possible) into the night.

    I agree with her in this respect....we spending so much time complaining....we don't resolve any issues.

    July 11, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. jim

    " ... 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."

    heard during her campaigning
    "kill him, kill him!"
    "he pals around with terrorists"

    i wonder if she even listens to herself.

    July 11, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. barry in las vegas

    These new complaints will cost Palin approximately $135,000 or about what she makes in one year as governor. Using the past cost history, this is also going to cost Alaska's residents another half a Million Dollars.

    It's no wonder she reisgned.

    Now I hope she makes a lot of money selling books, commentating and a GOP fund raiser.

    July 11, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. William Cervantes

    What this proves once and for all is that a pig with lipstick lacking mental agility creates a resentment among the electorate that is distracting. This little piggie needs to go home and disappear from public.

    July 11, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. JC

    If she were a Democrat the hounds at NOW, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU would be screaming.

    Their silence shows they don't believe in equal rights for all women.

    Again the Left shows that "tolerance" is only to accept their views. If you don't agree with them then they will destroy you personally.

    July 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Deb

    Give me a break. Palin's presence on a national ticket threw "productive political discourse" where she's concerned out the window. You can't be ignorant, ridiculous and a mockery of fitness for public service and expect people not to react.

    July 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Paul Dokken

    It is interesting that no comment is made on who are filing these ethics complaints. Would it not be appropriate to publish the whole story since all of the those have been resolved were invalid. Lets tell the whole story in the interest of journalistic integrity and objectivity.

    July 11, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. sarah sucks

    I hope she dont waste her money running for presidency. She cant even finish a governors term, let alone be trusted to be president. It wouldn't matter who she ran against, I wouldn't vote for her for the simple fact that she is a quitter. She has basically committed political suicide by resigning. She may have had a chance before she quit. Cant Sarah see that she is not the correct person for the job. Besides, Obama has done way better than expected and will most likely win a second term.

    July 11, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. frank

    As Steve Harvey used to say "and now for the rest of the story".

    July 11, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Pat, CA

    It's high time that these plaintiffs be counter-sued for their frivolous actions!

    July 11, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. bam

    Palin avoids mentioning that one of the ethics complaints addresses giving herself per diem (travel expenses) while she stayed home. As a former IRS auditor I can tell you that Palin should not have qualified for these payments from the state of Alaska.

    July 11, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Mr Joshua

    This has to stop. I suggest a lesson. Everyone file a complaint against every politician until this stops. We have bigger things to worry about.

    July 11, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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