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. Rob in NC

    Awwwww poor little govenor. Is the big bad media being bad to you? Maybe it's just God testing you again.

    Take responsibility for your actions, quit pointing the finger at everyone else for your plight. It's not other Republicans, not Democrats, not the media and certainly not God that put you in this mess. Look in the mirror.

    Yeah your fighting for liberty all right. Is that what you were doing in Brazil when you left the state in the lurch for a week. Is that what you were doing when you just happen to go to Brazil on a business trip.

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

    When you screw up as big as he did, unfaithful to his wife and family then he needs to be investigated in every area......if he wasn't faithful to his family that makes you wonder how faithful was he to his State of SC.......usually when your a sleeze ball in one area of your life your pretty much a sleezy ball in your work.......as for Palin she also was brought up on ethics violations in Alaska Called Trooper Gate and was found guilty of violations abuseing her power.......so she should be investigated also for everything that pretains to her and her work.....already they found her Sarah PAC was in violations of her contributions to the McCain Campaign.......so now we have two WHINNERS about how badly the people are treating them and the people are his own Republican party......in his own administration.....that should tell you something

    September 2, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. David

    I am a conservative... SANFORD STEP DOWN> Most the time those on the right do the right thing in a scandal and step aside. Those on the left tend to fight to the end because they always think they are right... regardless of facts.
    Sanford is wrong here, he needs to step aside for the well being of the state.

    As for Palin: she should sue ever single newspaper and (so-called)journalist and news outlet (MSNBC, CBS, NBC, etc..) that helped to perpetuate all the baseless allegations against her. It was an all out attack because the far left was scared of her.

    Meanwhile Rangal and Murtha and half the appointees in Obama's Cabinet should be in jail for tax evasion and other issues and no one seems to care.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE ..
    especially those in the midlle or middle left: you are being used.

    September 2, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. tony

    Now you also know what Bill Clinton felt like, when he was dogged by investigations into his business dealings and personal behavior. You should also remember that you were in favor of such investigations at the time. The shoe is now on the other foot.

    September 2, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Rick Karl

    Whimper whimper...

    He was unfaithful and got CAUGHT.

    Self- righteous family-values folk should not live in glass houses.

    September 2, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Michael-SC

    What a sorry excuse for a person.
    A whimp, a cry-baby and most of all a hypocrite.
    Oh yeah he talks daily to god and god forgives him.
    What a moron and idiot.
    please, leave SC as soon as possible and join Sarah whereever she may be.
    A classic example of worthless suit-tie.
    a politician liar without any backbone.

    September 2, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Peter

    Follow her lead and quit. You hypocrite

    September 2, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. largefoot

    jeepers, its the republican GOD thing, again. leave that crap at home and just do what you are getting paid quite well for. is it too much to ask? what a schmuck!

    September 2, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Jon

    The difference here is that Sanford has already been PROVEN to be unethical. The more this guy tries to make himself out to be the victim, the more people realize just how disingenuous he is.

    September 2, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    I disagree. Palin is hated and was hounded because she has strong conservative beliefs. You on the other hand are hounded because you left the state without a leader and under false pretenses. This really doesn't have anything to do with the affair! It was the lying and leaving!

    September 2, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Jim

    To quote Doonesbury, Sanford's core defense is "I've sinned, but I'm special"

    September 2, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. carl sutphen

    Just another rightwing conservative nutcase, caught with his hand in the cookie jar, now trying to use god to justify his not resigning. sad commentary on them and why politics in the US is so divided.

    September 2, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Lee

    When did adultery become a conservative belief.

    This guy is a liar and a scoundrel. He is unfit to hold office. Lacking even enough good judgement go step away in the best interests of his consituency he needs to be impeached and ultimately...prosecuted.

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

    I don't particularly like Palin, but she didn't CHEAT... or find her "soul-mate". They both do however, have a tendency to not keep their mouths shut when they should.

    September 2, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Santa Fean

    He is like Palin, not trustworthy. For different reasons, of course! She is an uneducated mouth piece for the rush/hannity masses and he is a cheater who can not be trusted.

    September 2, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. I see things as they are and ask Why?

    Governors Sanford and Palin should empathize with each other and for good reason. Not only have they both come under scurrilous attacks from the media...justifiably...they are both ignorant, myopic and narcissistic individuals who do more damage than good and simply don't see it. I suppose that makes them like many other politicians these days, but most of them aren't as stupid as these two.

    September 2, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Gentwelve

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Palin – Sanford 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOOO HOOO!!!!!!!

    The end IS near!!!!!

    September 2, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Seattle Sue

    Are we going to be subjected to this shallow man being in the headlines as we are are Palin?

    September 2, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. "Victim" - Often Used, Rarely True

    He completely empathizes with her...

    He left his wife and comitments for a more exciting woman...

    She left her state and comitments for a more exciting office...

    And now both blame the media for being interested in their political and personal missives. LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!

    September 2, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. phyllis

    Sanford and Palin are both Republicans, that speaks for its self. thank you

    September 2, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Cry me a river

    Oh you poor man we feel so sorry for you and Sarah......NOT! What you are two, 5 year old whiny kids??!!! Grow up!

    September 2, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. jackie brown

    Mr. Sanford has committed adultrey–that has hurt and shamed his family and his constituents of South Carolina. Mr. Sanford you made a choice–you chose to be unfaithful to your wife and family. You chose to use whatever else you needed to get with that peticoat. You lied and stole. You should not compare yourself to anyone except that you chose to be unfaithful but you cannot control the consequences. Ditto for Palin as well. Misery loves company. So, you are so vain that you can't or you chose not to see the error of your ways and the lives you have destroyed. I don't want a public servant that is deceitful to his family. Stepdown, stepback and stepup to responsibility of your unfaithfulness that has affected your family and constituents.

    September 2, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. gl, From Pittsburgh

    This man have no respect for any body what so every. First he it was King Daivd in the Bible now Sara Palin. This man is a embrassment to this country.

    September 2, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Ninos

    I see the same thing: two incoherent morons who can't think logically, but can't wait to get in front of the camera or talk to a reporter! Yep. I agree with the Gov!!

    September 2, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Jaed

    I think he has mental health issues. He needs counseling for his personal issues, but he needs to step down for the good of his state. Unfortunately, one his deficits appears to be in his perspective of reality.

    September 2, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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