September 2nd, 2009
09:49 AM ET
5 years ago

Sanford: Now I know what Palin felt like

Sanford says he now understands what Palin went through.
Sanford says he now understands what Palin went through.

(CNN) – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says that the state Ethics Commission probe into his travel expenses reminds him of the flood of ethics complaints filed against Sarah Palin before she resigned the Alaska governorship.

"I think I now know what Sarah may have been feeling," Sanford told The Washington Times in an interview published Wednesday.

Sanford called the complaints filed against Palin baseless, and indeed, most of the allegations against the onetime vice presidential candidate were dismissed by the Alaska Personnel Board.

But the Ethics Commission investigation into Sanford, which officially began last week, differs in substance and circumstance from the slew of ethics allegations that badgered Palin for much of the first half of 2009.

In Alaska, any individual citizen can file an ethics complaint against the governor – a scenario that allowed political critics in the state to deluge the governor's office with accusations. But in South Carolina, the state Ethics Commission probe was called for by multiple high-ranking elected officials in Sanford's own party, and the governor has agreed to make the proceedings of the probe open to the public.

When Palin resigned in July, she cited the burden of the legal fees as one reason for stepping down. Sanford has refused to resign – even with the possibility of impeachment on the horizon – and has gone on the offensive against the media and his critics over the last week.

Sanford's travel came under scrutiny after he revealed in June that he left the country to visit his mistress in Argentina. Subsequent investigations by political critics and media organizations into his travel records revealed that during his tenure, the governor may have mis-used state resources and failed to report flights provided to him by political allies.

The state's Attorney General and Republican leadership in the state house have asked the Ethics Commission to make the final determination about whether Sanford broke any laws.

Sanford also told the Times that he is committed to staying in office to fight for his conservative, small-government beliefs because it's what God put him on earth to do. The embattled governor has long sparred with Republicans in the legislature on matters of government spending.

"I feel absolutely committed to the cause, to what God wanted me to do with my life," he said. "I have got this blessing of being engaged in a fight for liberty, which is constantly being threatened."


Filed under: Mark Sanford • Sarah Palin
soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Georgia

    HYPOCRISY is one of the CORE VALUES of the Republican Party! You know that either one of them would be calling for the resignation of their opponent if they were caught doing the same thing!

    That goes along with another CORE VALUE of INCOMPETENCE!

    Combined – they make up the main strategy of the Republican Party:

    Take your largest weakness and project that as the weakness of your opponent. This is taken directly from Carl Roves Text Book on How to Beat Your Opponent at Any Cost. The Republican Party is faithfully following this Text Book!

    September 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Debbie G

    Wow, I can't believe I'm going to say this, but at least Palin kept "it" home with her husband and family. Sure the media and legislative scrutiny is tough, but had he not opened Pandora's Box with his jaunt to Argentina, he'd still be doing the same lousy job of representing the ppl of SC he was doing before. If he had any honor whatsoever, he would do as the legislature and the people have asked and resign the office. I don't care if he thinks the scrutiny is unfair. As my momma used to say "he made his bed and now he has to lie in it". If he was the kind of Governor we all hope for in our states, we would put the needs of the ppl ahead of his own overblown pride. He can't be effective when nobody respects, trusts or believes in him any longer. He owes it to the ppl who voted him in to do the right thing and what they clearly and overwhelmingly want. Leave.

    September 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. fed

    Do what she did: quit.

    September 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Jefe

    "I think I now know what Sarah may have been feeling,"...

    Shows how clueless Sanford really is. Sarah Palin doesn't "feel" – she only hates. She hates America and all it stands for. She wants government to decide how people should live their lives, and she only considers those who have farm jobs to be "Real Americans". The rest of us are dead weight (or for those who aren't white, simply 'Different than us')

    September 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. RAG

    What a miserable excuse for a human being. Palin was just a power-mad idiot. Sanford is a sexually incontinent thief.

    Then again, Sarah is also a thief, so he do have some point. He is still a miserable excuse for a human being...

    September 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Diana

    Shame on Sanford for making me defend Sarah Palin! She didn't run off with someone else and lie to people about it.

    The only thing you and Sarah Palin have in common is you both love to be in the spotlight.

    September 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GOP Arrogance and the inability TO GET IT.... no wonder he identifies with Boob Palin.

    September 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. mk

    Maybe he should join her in the ranks of the unemployed and irrelevant. He is a true GOP giant, adulterer, cheater, liar, a true legend in his own mind. Pathetic loser.

    September 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. me23

    yes hypocrits and losers do tend to understand each other well. not suprising ... not news

    September 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Rachel

    I think that it is ridculous that the State of South Carolina is spending countless tax dollars to "probe" into the mishappenings of the Governor's personal life. He has already admitted to using public money to travel, why would the government then insist on using more public money to investigate the details of the trips? If the citizens of South Carolina are fed up with their Governor then they should tell him, does anyone really need to know what he did on the alleged ventures out of the country? With the country already in turmoil and in an economic crisis, why waste money and add fuel to the fire? Our local and state governments nationwide need a wake up call, they cannot squandor away public money to fulfill the needs of their curiosity. Leave this man, and his family alone!

    September 2, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Sgt. USMC

    Wow what a guy. I have heard this about Repubicans (that's right, repubicans). They won't admit they were wrong. No, they have to try to make honest people look like they are the bad ones for investigating and ultimately finding out how corrupt they are. Cheney anyone? Palin?? Sanford??? BUSH???? What a bunch of crooks (Nixons).

    September 2, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Dale

    All politicians are crooks. The only thing that matters is what side the media is on, after all, look who is president and look who's running our country. A couple more media blunders and our country is finished or a revolution will be unavoidable.

    September 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. JonDie

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, a, ha, ha, ha!

    Why stop with Palin, Governor Sanford? Why don't compare yourself with Jesus and Gandhi?

    This is all a witch hunt, a spectacle created by the media.

    YOU did not wrong by cheating on your faithful wife and stealing state funds to pay for your affair.

    YOU are the victim!

    September 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Riley Stone

    Does Mr. Sanford really believe that his supporters are gullible enough, given Mr. Sanford's behavior in the past year or so, to believe that "God's will" has anything to do with his desire to remain in office? On second thought, maybe his (remaining) supporters ARE actually gullible enough to believe this, and in that way, I can see why he feels that he has a lot in common with someone like Sarah Palin.

    September 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. JC

    You can just stop doing un-ethical things, but hey, its just me.

    September 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. MAngeline

    Why is it that Republicans in the ilk of Sarah Palin and Mark Sanford think they were put here by God to save us?? Must be wonderful to feel so important!

    September 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Dee, 1 Vote

    A Man is a Man, "What you did to Wife, Family, and Voters, You are a RNC Leader!

    September 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. John in Atlanta

    Is our Gov. Sanford looking for a new "Soulmate"? I guess he needs someone a littlle closer than Argentina, and with all the frequent flyer miles he has probablybuilt up, he could get up to Alaska to "commiserate' with the former Beauty Queen.

    September 2, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. CJ

    Mr. Sanford you need to grow up and God would not ok your affair and taking advantage of the people and your wife and children. Not my God! It is sad that people only think of God when they are found out in wrong doing!

    September 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. unshrub

    What, he feels dumb and he is going to use his looks to get whatever he want?

    September 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Karen

    O.K. I don't believe I'm about to say this but...
    DUDE back up off Sara!
    This moron is nothing like Sara Palin and it's a true disservice to her for him to try to compare himself to her in ANY way.
    That woman despite the other stuff she may have said or done has remained faithful to her husband and family. You don't see her running off with somene else while playing faithful spouse.
    Sanford need to crawl back in his hole and shut up.

    September 2, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. phillip Marlowe

    Lol, "oh, woe is me." This guy should be on the cartoon network.

    September 2, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Bill

    This guy's an idiot. There's no comparison between the two and, if he thinks he is on any par with Palin, he is clearly delusional.

    September 2, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Matthew

    I suppose God wanted him to cheat on his wife and neglect his elected post as well. Seems to me that the more of God in the politician, the less well served is the American public.

    September 2, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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