September 2nd, 2009
09:49 AM ET
10 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. john

    Having what you deserve isn't as unfair as one may think.

    September 2, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. John C

    Everyone in jail knows everyone else is innocent too !

    September 2, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I think I now know what Sarah may have been feeling," Sanford told The Washington Times..."
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    Now that I've stopped laughing, may I ask Guv. if you'll be doing what your female counterpart Sarah did and QUIT!

    September 2, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Martha

    Mr. Sanford? Sir?

    Please shut up.

    September 2, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Independent

    I wish I could just disappear for a few days on my company's dollar and still keep my job!

    September 2, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. yoyolite

    Sanford just doesn't get it!!

    September 2, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. John, Brooklyn, New York

    I wonder what feeling like Palin means....

    abandoned...especially by your intellect?

    betrayed when good looks a glib remarks don't win you public sympathy?

    befuddled when attacks on the press don't work because everyone already knows your problems are of your own making?

    shock that blatant lieing really doesn't pay off – especially when it has come in so useful in your professional and personal life so many times before?

    gratitude that your family doesn't kick your bum to the srteet after you've embarrassed thme in public?

    I've given up trying to figure out what goes on in Palin's head. Its astonishing that he seems to know.

    September 2, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. gt

    of course your a republican and the media are liberal democrats ,, thats not hard to understand,,, you get bad press.. thats simple ..

    September 2, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Aspen Professor

    Ah yes Sanford ole boy ... two very dumb people walking hand in hand through life, arrogant, hypocritical, blantant liars and Republican..

    September 2, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Stuffit

    In Alaska, any individual citizen can file an ethics complaint against the governor ...

    or any designated agent of a group like ACORN or MoveOn.org or the Center for American Progress, or ....

    Astro-turf much?

    September 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is hilarious. CNN, Comedy News Network, loves them some Sarah Palin. Mark Sanford is a disgrace to his office and should resign. It's called an ethics violation because you did something you weren't suppose to do idiot. I've never known a governor to leave their stae for an entire week without informing anyone where he was. Let's take Gov. Scwarzenegger's trip to Massachusetts for Sen. Kennedy's funeral for example. All the residents of California were'nt searching under a rock trying to find their governor while the state was going up in flames.

    September 2, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Slacko

    Yes, you should both feel like irredeemable, lying scumbags. Once the rest of the Republican party experiences this sudden revelation we can finally get to the business of helping the American people, instead of ginning up fear and hate while pretending to be saints.

    Thanks for your honesty, Sanford!

    September 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. "Victim" - Often Used, Rarely True

    These poor, poor politicians... The media obviously has no place to report anything other than stories that reflect positively on our elected officials. Accountability is not something that should exist, clearly, for any politician...unless we're talking about Barack Obama.*

    It was so clear in the November election that the media favored Obama over Palin and her running mate, John what's-his-name...*

    The media really lost the election for her and it's beacuse Democrats are so afraid of her, I bet. And don't for a minute believe that she wasn't elected because she only had a 30% approval rating...those numbers don't mean anything. And the way Katie Couric tricked her into giving half-baked, ill-informed answers to soft-ball questions...unforgiveable.*

    Everyone knows Republicans are to be free from criticism, at all costs. Didn't the ast eight years teach you anything?*

    *Deep sarcasm implied

    September 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    in South Carolina, the state Ethics Commission probe was called for by multiple high-ranking elected officials in Sanford's own party
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    Be careful Guv. your own Party is turning on you and they are cannibals. If they find that they no longer have any use for you they'll eat you ALIVE and use your bones for kindling!

    September 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Lee

    Wow! Sanford is trying to hitch his wagon to Palin! Just when you think a guy can not stoop any lower... he tries to salvage his reputation by comparing his situation to hers. I'm no big fan of Palin (I'm a Romney supporter), but Sanford has no buisness uttering Palin's name in his defense.

    September 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    The only similarity in circumstances with Sanford and Palin is that they are both opportunistic creeps and both use "God" in their self serving pursuits.

    September 2, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Diana

    No you don't know how she feels, because as much as I don't agree with her politics, she NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER cheated on her husband.

    September 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Andy J, NY, NY

    you don't compare to Palin.

    You're not even close to being on her level, you scum bag

    take a hike. Sanford.

    September 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. lf

    Governor Palin did what she did because she decided to. Governor Sanford's circumstances are entirely different, and it is not too ethical and nice to compare himself to Governor Palin under these circumstances.

    The Country and the State of SC know these circumstances of Governor Sanford!! The final curtain has not come down on the last scene of Governor Sanford's SAGA! Stay tuned!!

    September 2, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Mary Lou Hamm

    ethically challenged birds of a feather – flock together

    September 2, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. kgeukes

    Dude, get a clue!!!! Resign already!! Apparently no one in S Carolina wants you there so hop a plane to Argentina and get lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 2, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Pete Wheatstraw

    The fact that I'm foregoing this opportunity to make a joke about how dumb Sarah Palin is just goes to show you how far we've progressed as a nation.

    September 2, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Brian Rich

    Yeah well you guys are both idiots so there you have it.

    September 2, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. Andrew Wright

    I'm as big a critic of Sarah Palin as anyone, but Gov. Sanford comparing his ethic violations to her's is completely absurd. I find Palin's aversion to logic and coherent thought completely terrifying, and I find it even more terrifying how many people believe in this woman as a credible source of knowledge. I do think she is innocent of the vast majority of ethics violations brought against her. However, Gov. Sanford, albeit an intelligent person, has deeply misguided morality. This is more dangerous and the man needs to quell all of this, for the sake of his family, and fade away into the sunset of say...the Appalachian Mountains.

    September 2, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. rta

    when you are wrong and try not be responsible for it and you are in the public eye, what do you expect , gov. sanford? to equate your problems to ex-gov. palin is sad also. she says and does what she wants, promotes hate and fear, and then sends money to various political figures who also promotes hate, all the while never taking responsibility for what she does. yes gov. sanford you and ex-gov. palin are pitiful people.

    September 2, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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