September 2nd, 2009
09:49 AM ET
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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. Larry

    Hey Mark

    Every time you open your mouth with your next WHINE

    You simply show just how Pathetic you really are

    Get A Life ... I have no doubt that even the little Argentinian must be thinking, "What A Loser"

    September 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Jeff

    Man this guy is delusional.

    September 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. richard

    I wonder if Mr. Sanford thought God led him to cheat on his wife and Children. I f he was a Godly man I do not believe he would have been commiting adultry. If he would lie and cheat on his family, how else has he been stealing.

    September 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Val, NYC

    so if you know what Palin feels like, then:

    QUIT YOUR JOB!

    September 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Greg, PA

    This is what happens when you don't know how to wait out the media storm and instead keep throwing fuel on the fire. I'm sick of seeing Sanford in the news; I hope next time it's for his resignation or impeachment.

    September 2, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. AB

    What a load of BULL!

    Staying in office because GOD told him so?

    This idiot and Palin violated the public trust. They were put into office by the people and they act like it's their GOD-given right to betray that trust?

    Both of them should be flogged.

    September 2, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Bert

    Well maybe he should get together with Sarah and they can cry on each others shoulders.

    September 2, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Hugo

    Governor Sanford

    I believe that you were a fiscally responsible governor representing your State to the best of your ability, however as a leader and elected public figure you have shown a grave and egregious lapse in judgment. You are now paying the public price for your serious lapse in judgment although as a father, I am sure you pay a higher price to yourself every night when your head hits the pillow.

    Just remember, what does not kill us only makes us stronger and the truth can never hurt you, it only sets you free from the burden of a lie.

    September 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. th

    He is a nut case just like Palin

    September 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. victim of republican greed

    According to the governor, God wanted him to be an adulter, misuse state resources, and abandon his post, all in the name of small government.

    Mark, you need professional help.

    September 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Juge

    That identification I would run run hide hide from Governor Sanford.

    September 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Todd

    This guy just has no shame at all, does he? Now he blames the media...? HE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR AND WAS ABUSING HIS OFFICE TO MEET HIS MISTRESS IN SOUTH AMERICA!!! How stupid does he think we are?!?!?!?

    September 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Carol, Myrtle Beach, SC

    Oh, ple-e-e-e-e-e-ze! Both are losers.

    September 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Mark

    Clintons made Palin look like a girl scout. She is a conservative who was doing a great job in Alaska. The media is so sad in this country.

    September 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Eric

    "I feel absolutely committed to the cause, to what God wanted me to do with my life,"

    I'm sure his wife is happy with the idea that he cheated on her "because God wanted him to."

    September 2, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. jaye

    These whiney republicans can dish it out, but they can't take it. LOL

    September 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. victim of republican greed

    For Sanford to compare himself to Palin is an injustice to Sarah. He will never rise to her level of competence.

    September 2, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Did you ever think what the people of SC feel like ??? Don't bring Sarah into this .......you jerk!! Resign you selfish idiot !!

    September 2, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Carl Lumpkin

    This guy is a complete scumbag! He was caught with his pants down and is now crying foul. Mr. Luv Gov just remember...if you don't play in the mud, you don't need to worry about getting dirty.

    September 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Robert Lee

    As an Alaskan, I know that here is what Palin claims and there are the actual results of an investigation of elected officials from both sides of the political divide. Palin appointed the personnel board members that dismissed the ethics complaints against her. A real investigation would have shown that she abused her power as the legislature earlier concluded.See also the troopergate investigation findings.

    September 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. rjstolb

    I think these 2 should get married and run for Pres and VPres in 2012.
    We could all them the Tweetle Dee and Tweetle Dum team.

    September 2, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Bob

    Those that preach "Strong Conservative Values" seem to be the ones that are caught with there hand in the cookie jar. There so RIGHT they refuse to believe there wrong when the crumbs are found. Please step down and save your diginity because it is the only thing you have left.

    September 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Ron

    Sarah has played the "poor me" game real well, and now Sanford is doing it. Victim, victim, victim. Have you ever noticed that folks that play the victim game never take responsibility for their own actions.

    September 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. ol cranky

    just like Palin, he created this maelstrom and continues to try to play martyr. Sorry buddy, you and you alone did this to yourself so grow up, pay your penance and resign

    September 2, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Leigh

    I guess God sanctioned those first class international tickets paid for by State funds too. So much for conservative spending values. I wonder how much debt the state of South Carolina incurred by flying Sanford to Argentina to visit his mistress? If he is so hellbent on paying down the deficit (on the backs of the citizens of South Carolina, might I add) shouldn't that money have been applied to that...or does paying down the deficit not qualify as a good cause when the perks go to Sanford himself?

    Sanford is leaving office one way or another as this issue won't just fade into the background. He can cry foul all he wants (and gee, he is awfully good at it) but the truth is that he is guilty of misusing SC state funds.

    No one is in your corner, Mr Sanford and you only make yourself look more ridiculous and put your family through more turmoil by insisting on holding on to the SC governor's office with the little life left in your political hands.

    September 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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