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. Bill

    Librals, cannot live with them, CAN live without them.

    July 11, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. joanne

    Sarah does not sound like she heas enough education to hold any office let alone vice president. she treats critism like a 10 year old.child..

    h S NO COMMON SENSE EITHER. she better stick to fishing because fish are kinda dumb.

    July 11, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Andrea

    I would not be surprised to discover that SHE, Sarah Palin, is linked to the unusual barrage of ethics complaints in a manipulative attempt to spin the old "poor me" scenario into a major political soap box designed just for her. Okay, well maybe thats a bit far fetched ;) but it looks to me like she sure does love the attention generated by portraying the victim.

    July 11, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Sally

    Perhaps some of the ethics complaints against Palin have been over the top, but many of them, particularly those where she used her office to rule against ex-family members, are justifiable and she only got off because of her power as governor and a vice-presidential candidate. This woman is a belly acher and the news networks are giving her valuable space that belongs to a real story. Please, let's get her off the front pages of the news.

    July 11, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Virginian

    political discourse. dead and gone RIP

    July 11, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Bob Ramos

    I read the Palin statement. Did she deny ever having been paid for the interviews?

    July 11, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. jcow

    It is amazing to me that some people have so much time on their hands that they can file these false claims. Are they that afraid of her that they'll do anything to try and bring her down?

    July 11, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. bella

    a "lame duck" who is seeking to become "the goose who layed the golden egg"!!

    July 11, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. JR

    Why don't any of these articles mention that Palin appointed the board of three who are dismissing these complaints? What about the guilty findings of Troopergate? How about mentioning the 1.5 million dollar cost inflation lie? Enough parroting Palin talking points and start reporting the facts.

    July 11, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Henry

    I often hear, when speeders(speeding IS a violation of the law) or other criminals caught with their hand in the cookie jar;' Go after real criminals and leave me alone'. This latest Palin rational sounds so much like those;
    Public Servants are pulled away because you keep getting these ethic complaints Ms.Palin. You brought all this on yourself. When I read your quote "This should be a wake-up call" I thought maybe you were referring to yourself but..........well .....I guess that will never change

    July 11, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Jeremy

    I can't believe people think she's hot. she is nasty.

    July 11, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Allen in Hartwell GA

    I wonder if Palin is paying someone to file these complaints to keep her in the news. From what I've heard the complaints should not be given a second look, yet she stays in the news because of them.

    July 11, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Peter Shandy

    I find it curious that while millions have lost their jobs, others are struggling to meet their monthly household budgets, and countless many others can no longer to afford insurance premiums - during a time frame in which our country is fighting two wars - that Palin's most pressing concern is to discuss the ethics violations "vendetta" against her in what has become a daily complaint aired nationally.

    Strange priorities.

    July 11, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. tom

    I wonder when the non-sense will stop? I guess the 30+ czars added by obama (at what cost to the taxpayer) is not news worthy. Or the unemployment rate barack proimised would rise to the level its at. I admit foxnews is biased, but my god, cnn is worthless. its sad America is heading down this road and the negative comments here against Palin and not focusing on some relevant issue is sad. Isnt Congress debating Micheal Jackson issues a little more important? I guess the sheeple want to keep grazing.

    July 11, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Speed

    I'm starting to wonder if all these "ethics complaints" are part of a rouse to be used by Palin rather than against her. These last two, in particular, are just to convenient for her to use as fodder in her cannon. Someone out to do her in probably would not have filed these complaints after she resigned. There's no logic in that. It's more logical to consider that her own camp is behind much of this and are trying to make her look like a poor, undeservedly persecuted soul and the one that's stringing her up is the democratic party.

    July 11, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. the southern progressive

    august cant get here soon enough....and for those who say she is not resigning because of money must not have seen her interviews where she says that because of all the lawsuits, she now needs to rebuild her savings....all i got to say, thank you for not rebuilding your savings with taxpayer dollars.

    July 11, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Brent Argue

    Obviously there was more to this quitting episode story, and probably a whole lot more. Sarah was never ready for such responsibility and exposure. John ( McCain ) really blind sided her, and her career.

    July 11, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Liberal4Obama

    Even if Palin is not guilty of any of the ethics complaints leveled against her she certainly looks guilty by QUITTING instead of facing the music. Gov. Palin owes Alaskans a CLEAR & CONCISE explanation of why she is abandoning her obligations, saying people are mean to her just doesn't cut it, politics is the dirtiest thing there is so for her to use that as an excuse is just UNACCEPTABLE.

    July 11, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Doc

    Perhaps had she introduced herself on the national stage by stating she & McCain's plan instead of ruthlessly attacking Pres. Obama as a terrorist sympathizer, then maybe, just maybe I would feel she is being treated unfairly. She threw the first mudball and that leaves her open to anything!

    July 11, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. dentri

    PLease Just Please All media let this Lady alone.You guys are eveil.Just write about hunger in Africa,Homesexual people who stole the identity of marrige,about Obama about those governor from Carolina who chaet in his wife,Can you stop the ipocrisy .How much hate ,What do you want from this women ,fine you guys win You want her death...Wake up america just stop the hate against her please.

    July 11, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Rafael

    The state should start prosecuting the people that are filing this ethics complaints lying about it. To my recolection don't you sign and say you are under oath saying you know this to be true? Again I cannot wait till Gov. Palin runs for President. I cannot wait to see the left accepting her as new president. That will be a day I will be laughing so hard I might die... Go Palin you are the best!

    July 11, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. PV

    ....seems to me that it is HER that should be receiving the "wake up call".

    July 11, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Ryan

    The more attention she gets the more likely people will feel sorry for her and vote for her without thought. Way to go media!

    July 11, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. ARH

    I used to be a Democrat, but have gradually come to despise Democrats over this childish, petty sort of behavior.

    July 11, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. PJ from Texas

    Ironic she touts Alaska ethics reform as a milestone in her administration, which she then quit because of ethics complaints.

    July 11, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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