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. kc

    Are we suppose to feel sorry for Sanford? "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." Did God put him on earth to be unfaithful to the woman he voed to love and honor?

    September 2, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Neil

    The press didn't care whether Palin was guilty or not. They propogated hate against her bcause they personally didn't like her values. There is a similiarity but it is not as big as Sanford is implying. He is too insignificant to the press.

    September 2, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Florida Joe

    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.

    Really ......So that would include cheating on your wife and family, leaving the State without leadership for a week...........Oh yeah.......Conservative beliefs, God wanted you to do it!!!!!!.............YOU brought this on yourself there is NO ONE to blame but yourself...............

    September 2, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Fred the Moderate

    How unalike but so connected? By the way, I'm growing tired of the constant whinning from GOP presidential potentials. They say the nastiest things about the Democrates and whine like little children when anything comes back at them. If you put that stuff out into the universe, it sometimes has a tendency to come back.

    September 2, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Hope

    Give me a break, God put you on that position to cheat on your wife. I think you know you are not talking to 1rst grader Mr Got it all wrong

    September 2, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. quitter x 2

    Then follow her lead and quit Governor

    September 2, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. paula

    "Liberty is constantly being threatened"...yes, by you and your cronies. Do us all a favor, if you feel so much like Palin, make like her and disappear!

    September 2, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Babs

    So, This filthy adulterer understands "poor Sarah". What a claim to fame for both of them.

    September 2, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Mike in LR

    This is ridiculous. Palin was persecuted for her beliefs not some international fling. And all the while running around on his wife at the taxpayer's expense. Good grief!

    September 2, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. rstillday

    I would assume that the Governor has more in common with Palin than just the investigation into his ethical problems. Since both have been reported to have been been unfaithful to their spouses, they seem to be kindred spirits. Sorry Gov. no sympathy here. You do the crime, you pay the time.

    September 2, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. gl, From Pittsburgh

    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 am so made that these Regilion nuts want to take over the USA and Sara Palin and Sanford are a danger to this country becasue they are trying to force their regiion belife on every American person. God do not force himself on us and give us a choise, but unlike Sara Palin and the rest of the Regilion nuts.

    September 2, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. David

    Palin-Sanford 2012!
    The best the Republican party has to offer.

    September 2, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Toni

    Excuse me CNN. The Personnel Board (on which she was the head) may have exonerated her but the bipartisan Legislative Review Board clearly stated that she was in violation of Alaskan ethics statutes. Moreover, she improperly wrote off perdiem expenses while she was working at home instead of the state capital.

    This slanting of the news is why I don't watch CNN anymore.

    September 2, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Ben in Texas

    I too identify Sanford with Palin. There are so many parallels, like their corporate allegiances, ethics violations, disregard for the people they should represent, extreme right wing tendencies, big mouths, bigger egos, and the fact that the world would be better off with both of them gone.

    September 2, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Brian

    You will never know how Palin felt, she was battered by the left, you are getting this from your own party.

    September 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Anonymous

    wah, wah...as you sow so shall you reap...grow up

    September 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Right Leaning Independent

    Go away!!

    September 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Peace

    Hey come on Sanford, since when the apples are called oranges!!
    You abandoned your State, your family and put your selfishness first. Be responsible for your own mistakes as they are not comparable to anything!

    September 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. America Shrugged

    Gov Sandford needs to quit blaming his legislature and the media for what clearly was his fault. What ever happened to the GOP mantra of personal responsibility? He either should resign or quit using the media as a crying towel and get on with the business of running South Carolina.

    September 2, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Darrell

    He should know how Palin feels, afterall they are both liars that won't shut their mouths for anythng. Sarah Palin also thought it was just fine to lie and incite fear and hate, without remorse. Trying to link himself with Sarah Palin is a political ploy, that won't garner as much sympathy as Sanford is looking for.He should further link himself to Palin and become a quitter and admit when you are not wanted by the general public.

    September 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Sevin

    I am no Sarah Palin fan. But for Sanford to compare his current plight as to that of Ms. Palin is pretty far fetched.
    Sarah took her family to events she probably should not have. Sanford flew to his mistress while giving information to key staff that he was out hiking. Ms. Palin did not leave her post, Sanford did.

    September 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Is that what God wanted you to do Mark or was it to spread the good news of the Gospel?It looks to us that God had great SOCIAL VALUES and the greater good of all mankind,not just the money the rich could make from the slavery of the less fortunate.

    September 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Josh

    What a blooming idiot. How dare he even begin to compare himself to Sarah Palin! She did nothing other than have morals and run for Vice-President. Having morals is likely the primary reason the media and other groups came after her on a witch hunt. This flaming idiot brought this on himself without any questions other than he is a cheat and a liar! It is because of far too many republicans like him, not to mention the stupid democrats, that I no longer bear allegiance to any political party.

    September 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Tony from Michigan

    I still hope to God he stays in office till the end of his term. Oh, and please schedule a news conference every day please. This can't get any better!!!

    September 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. Andrea, Los Angeles

    Is it just me, or is he delusional? He seems to think an awful lot of himself, and I get the feeling he really doesn't see anything wrong in the things he has done. That's almost sociopathic.

    September 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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