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. GI Joe

    Sounds to me like the good folks of Alaska have opened their eyes and now see her for what she is. Selfish, hate-mongering politician.

    July 11, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Matt in WA

    Lets see, 15 ethics complaints resolved without finding of wrongdoing. I wonder what 'resolved' means? Sometimes resolutions are reached so as to avoid findings of wrongdoing. I think I would believe her cries of persecution if her talking head had said 15 ethics complains were thoroughly investigated by neutral investigators and the charges were dismissed as false. Whats in a word? Plenty.

    And why did she step down as governor? Does it have anything to do with new ethics charges she knew were coming? Maybe. Equally possible is that she found a bit of cellulite and knows that much of her base will vanish once she ceases to turn the old geezers on. Yes, she is that nutty.

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

    wow 19 ethics complaints and no wrongdoings maybe they should hire an ethics czar to control all the wasted money spent trying to pin something on Palin.

    July 11, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Not Joe the ...

    ‘a wake-up call,’ – Well, for Palin, it's too late to wake up. Opportunistic greed seems to have blinded her of any moral and ethical values and sealed her political fate. Alaska's problem is a 'soccer mom' who wanted to run a State, become a Vice President, but can't deliver a good speech or raise good children with values and discipline. What a shame!

    July 11, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Bassman

    I think we can put the reason why she resigned to rest. It is not, as Levi Johnston has suggested, she did it for money. It obvious she put Alaska ahead of any politial ambition she may, or may nothave. That is called selflessness. Its sad that both Democrats, and Republican elites have turned their back on this highly ethical Governor.

    July 11, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Ethics complaints against Palin? What a shocker.

    New total is 19... sorry folks, but no matter how you slice it, that's far too much smoke for there not to be any fire.

    Say bye-bye to your political career, sarah. You're still pretty cute though, maybe try a beauty contest for slightly older gals?

    July 11, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. mickeymusing

    Won't she please just go away? If she were a reasonable adult, she would treat the comments of a teenager (Levi Johnston) and complaints she believes to be frivolous with the sort of attention they deserve–none. But she is not a reasonable adult. She is a thin-skinned attention hound who has to respond to every single perceived slight in a very public way. Most of these embarrassing episodes would pass unnoticed if she would quit bringing attention to them. Please, Mrs. Palin–it's time to grow up and act with some dignity, just as you are asking the media and complaint filers to do.

    July 11, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Gordon

    This is why this country is going to be distroyed, it won't be from the outside but we will distroy ourselves. If we can't get along any better then this my 4 & 6 year oids act better this is crazey. In the famous words of Rodney King " can't we all just get along."

    July 11, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Taylor B1

    Gag...so now it's not just the "liberal media" who are conspiring against her but the rest of the politicians back home, including many Republicans? Sarah, please just go away to FOX or somewhere so that the vast majority of Americans who don't like you can be free of your babble.

    July 11, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. ImaLindatoo

    Another ethics complaint cleared, now up to 19.

    Obviously you can't stop losers or wannabe new style Obama politics from from trying to get attention. But it does show continously the honest and open leader that Governor Palin is.

    So keep you you opposers with your exteme dirty politics, you are making her our true future leader that everyone will be supporting. Truth has a way of coming through and she's shining bright.

    July 11, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Cindy

    This media seeking, self absorbed, obtuse bimbo needs to take some time and read up on important issues. But she's spinning her wheels wondering which hue of red she'll apply on her "color me elmo" favorite book. This Bush twin is chasing her tail like a rabid marsupial – good riddance.

    July 11, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Ridgeway

    How about Kennedy, Pelosi, Frank, etc? Or the king of ethics violations Billy The Cuckhold Clinton? Liberal bastards can't be satisfied with the Presidency in the hands of Alfred E. Neumann they want their pound of flesh.

    July 11, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. johnrj08

    Palin's remarks about the "new normal of political discourse" are no less than jaw-dropping. This is the same person who called her political opponent in the last election a "socialist" and even implied that he might be a communist. She once said that some Americans were "more American" than others, implying that the only "good Americans" were those who agreed with her ideology. In one strident speech she stated that Obama consorted with domestic terrorists and then said nothing when people in the crowd shouted "Kill Obama!" During the election, Palin referred to herself over and over again as a "pitbull in lipstick". Well, her shrill attacks on her honorable opponents have come home to roost. A classic case of being able to dish it out, but not being able to take it.

    July 11, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Michael

    A "much more civil and respectful dialogue?" Is this the same bimbo who was accusing Obama of "palling around with terrorists" and whipping all the right wing rednecks into a anarchistic rage?

    You reap what you sow, honey.

    July 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Jim

    Although I am not a Palin fan, this just shows the depths of depravity of the Democrat party. Make jokes about someone's daughter being raped, make allegations of someone's child not being her own but a cover for another daughter, etc. It is sickening really.

    Jim

    July 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Would you assinine people leave that woman alone? Enough is enough. There are more important things to worry about than bringing down the governor to satisfy your own selfish desires.

    July 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Deep Throat

    Palin should become a spokeswoman for those victimized by
    frivelous lawsuits. This is an over-litigated society.

    July 11, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. ib

    I hope she sues their butts off and wins. No one whether they are democrat or republican should have to go through what this woman has been put through. Why are liberals and far left people so afraid of her??? Maybe they realize she has a lot more common sense than King Obama and is for our country instead of saying I'm sorry for my country in every speech that she makes.

    July 11, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Esme

    Poor poor Palin...

    Run out of office?

    July 11, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. S M R

    Typical GOP attitude: We are above the law and untouchable. You doubt me? Just ask the Bush/Cheney Administration

    July 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Sean

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

    That's rich coming from Palin – the same lady who levelled the dishonest "pals around with terrorists" charge against Obama, and who made condescending comments about community organizers among a litany of various other low-blow, disrespectful accusations.

    July 11, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Hirotomi Takemitsu

    If Palin simply learned to keep her mouth shut, on this and a whole host of other issues, she'd be better off. And so would the country.

    July 11, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. phoenix86

    Meanwhile, back in N. Korean, Iran, 2 million unemployed since Obama took office, a tax increase for all Americans in Cap & Trade, US taxpayers subsidizing China and India in combating global warming, a tax increase for health care, a budget deficit of $2 billion.

    Is anyone ever going to question the competency of Obama?

    July 11, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. In-Lite-Ted

    No big surprize. Just wait, history will show all her wrong doing's. Her chickens will all come home to roost, and when that closet door comes open, them Bones will be a fallin.

    July 11, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. John Black Hills/SD

    Voters have learned a lesson with Palin. When you vote for candidates of political offices, make sure they have the intellectual assets that have been developed through relevant educational, and professional backgrounds. We have all read Palin's education that reads like a page with two-thirds of the data hiding behind white out. Ask California residents if the Terminator played out in real life, Sacramento isn't falling apart because of a robot under living tissue, it's falling apart because the bean counters who should have been in power were out shined by an actor. Great biceps, and long legs doesn't equate to successful leadership.

    July 11, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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