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. "change has come to America."

    Well, the attacks against Palin continue.........

    By the way, have you heard about any ethics complaint against the Obama administration of ..."change" ?????????

    What about Secretary Geithner's four-year unpaid taxes??????

    All what we know is that Obama justified Geithner saying: "That was an innocent mistake."

    July 11, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Alan

    Palin's manic, almost hitler-esque, paranoia and persecution complex used to be funny... but now its getting kinda boring, sad, and not a little scary.

    July 11, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Canadian Soccer Mom

    "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.”

    Wow, Palin actually said that? Since the Republican National Convention her dialogue has not been civil or respectful.

    July 11, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Simmy

    The ethics complaints are the issue - not their dismissals......Anyone who created that much animosity had no right serving the residents of Alaska......How did she manage to get elected in the first place? Oh I see - she was a beauty queen.....

    July 11, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Lt.Dan

    They should be a wake-up call for her alright, she is the idiot who passed the law making it easy to file ethics complaints!

    Her statement was coherent... wonder who wrote it for her.

    I will never forgive John McCain for unleashing this woman on us. She is the reason he lost the election, people saw just how bad his judgment is.

    July 11, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. troy

    It should be a wake-up call......FOR HER!!!!!

    July 11, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Robert

    This is precisely what Palin was talking about the other day and this is the proof!!!!!!!! What a bunch of loosers the ones who filed the complaints are. The citizens of Alaska should pass a law that if the complaint is found to be absurd....and it costs the citizens money to prove the absurdity – the ones who file the complaint should be held responsible to reimburse the State and their citizens. Watch the number of complaints drop like a rock!

    July 11, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Ashe

    Gov. Palin is forgetting, she brought down the level of political discourse to newest low when she accused candidate Obama with "palling around with terrorists."

    July 11, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Cowgirl

    She is "distorting the truth" in her statement. In one of the complaints, she was found guilty of abusing her position(troopergate).It said that in the investigation but personnel board found not.In another, she had to repay the state 8000 for her childrens travel. Sarah Palin has serious trouble telling the truth. Notice she did not talk about what these two complaints are? Read them. CNN needs to stop giving this woman so much press.She is a quitter and will be citizen Sarah soon.

    July 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Fred

    I can't wait for the commercials in the future of CNN's vile, vicious commentaries and comments on Governor Palin. I will be applauding.

    July 11, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. emorep

    So, Palin's office stated “15 have been resolved without any finding of wrongdoing, and four are now pending,” That statement doesn't mean that Palin has been exonerated, which has a completely different meaning. It essentially means, that at least for some of the complaints, she settled without admitting guilt. After all, she did pay out some big bucks, such as reimbursements, to "settle". If she did nothing wrong, she wouldn't have paid a penny. Her office's statement isn't much different than lawsuits where defendant's make similar statements, and at the same time pay out without admitting guilt, although in fact they were. Just more spin and smoke from Palin, as usual.

    July 11, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. VGal

    Perhaps she should have thought of that when she made statements like "palling around with terrorists."

    I disagree with all of the complaints filed against Palin and the waste of state resources – but she is FAR from innocent of playing the political game herself.

    July 11, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Dominic

    I am so scared of this woman. I know she is going to be president i n 2012. Ok, now that I got that repuke talking point out of the way HAHAHAHAHA, this woman kills me. PLEASE keep posting articles about her, I just laugh at them thinking she ACTUALLY thinks that a 25% approval rating and only 20% of the country wanting her to be in the White House is going to be a ligit run at it. HAHAHAHA, thank palin you nut job!

    July 11, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Bill G.

    Governor Palin has a good point about petty political grievances wasting administrative time and expensive hourly wages. However, that claim seems fairly lame given the time and waste she expended attempting to get her sister's ex-husband fired from his state patrol job. Not only did she waste money, she showed her true colors by abusing the power of her office for personal vendettas. So, Governor Palin it's a matter of living by the sword and dying by the sword. You have earned every ethic complaint lodged against you because you never hesitated to cast stones in your own political arena.

    July 11, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. js

    Again, more whining from La Palin. Somebody call a waaaambulance. What a whine-oceros. Go away, already....

    July 11, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Ken

    You don't tell us what the complaints are, I guess if they were serious you would have. I don't blame Palin for stepping down, the media will never give her a brake, she know she will never hold higher office.

    July 11, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Obama08 but....

    although I can't stand this lady, I can't help but wonder who are the people that are out to get her and make sure she will have a hard time in 2012.

    July 11, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Bob

    This should be a wakeup call for both Cut and Run Sarah Palin, and the American people: this woman is not fit for public office.

    Maybe she can get her old job back as a small time sports announcer or something.

    July 11, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Naldo

    "we need a much more civil and respectful dialogue that focuses on the best interests of the state" It would help if the governor stayed in Juneau and actually talked to the legislature rather than jet-setting to the Eastern seaboard every weekend, then griping about being tired.

    This woman is driving backwards on the freeway! =80

    July 11, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Gerry

    WHO CARES ?
    If the media would find something important to report about, maybe she would just go away completely...and the sooner, the better. I'm tired of hearing about her. All she does is talk in riddles and she can't even complete a thought, let alone a sentence !

    July 11, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. AnPprof

    Mean-spirited and vindictive allegations, that seek to smear and bankrupt the Palin family, will only discredit the Democratic party, in the end. They are all truly scared of such a strong and genuine American woman who has rejected their political world view.

    July 11, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Ivy Becker

    I am usually not a believer in what goes around comes around but I am happily watching this unfold. Much like her abstinence policies for teen-agers backfiring...in her own home.

    July 11, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. cfoster

    Who cares abot this loser? Everything is a conspiracy or liberal bias to this moron.

    July 11, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. CNN has hired many Fox (Fixed) News Partisans

    Don't worry Sarah Palin because John King and the new breed at CNN will be there to help you and other Republicans out.

    John King has the platform of CNN to try to help Republicans and tear down Democrats. If you don't believe me, just watch that guy John King.

    Also, CNN has added a lot of Republican partisans who should be at Fixed (aka Fox) News. If I wanted to watch the news with a right wing bias, I would watch Fox News (ha ha). I would rather watch my old 95 year old aunt dance in a swimsuit than watch Fixed News (aka Fox News).

    July 11, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Stu-Florida

    Sarah, Sarah...
    These complaints are much more than "the petty resentments of a few". They are the law. You seem to believe you are above the law, with the antics you play. It seems that these "few" are just as irritated as the rest of the country with your "standards". Just because they haven't been "proven" doesn't mean you aren't guilty... just slippery.
    It took a while to get things to stick to "Teflon Don" Gotti as well.

    This truly is a wake up call for others who believe your sorry answers and justifications for your actions. Wake up the rest of America!! We really don't need the likes of her during these times, or any other.

    July 11, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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