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. Sue

    Oh please. As ditzy as she is, you kind of brought it to a new level with calling your mistress your Soulmate there pal and then using the private plane for all your little jaunts. And God put on this earth to do what? Break the commandment of "though shalt not commit ADULTERY?" Hypocrite.

    September 2, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Ilona Proud Canadian

    CNN

    There is one other VERY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE between Palin's ethics allegations/charges/trials and Governor Sanford's,
    Sarah Palin was tried by the Alaska Personnel Board, whose members had been appointed by Sarah Palin! She in essence
    had significant control over those individuals, hence the claims
    were mostly dismissed! Some ethics claims that were
    investigated by others were NOT DISMISSED!

    Governor Sanford has NO CONTROL over those who are
    overseeing his ethics charges!

    September 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    At this point Sandford can't really (and shouldn't) compair himself to Palin. She has never admitted to a problem that Sandford has. I think Sandford is doing a great disservice to himself by compairing himself to an unthinking ideologue. From what I have heard, he is smart unlike Palin.

    September 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Bill Shaw

    How do you spell narcissist?

    September 2, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Duane

    I think Governor Sanford should be booted out of office. He is a disgrace to his state.

    September 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Baruch

    Suddenly mark Sanford feels like the victim? Please...grow up and take responsibility for your actions. This pathetic whining is just ridiculous. And get out of politics. You, Mr. Sanford, are exactly the kind of person that should not be in politics, a remorseless hypocrite. You are not mature enough as a person to be a leader.

    September 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Mike R

    If you're going to start that religious nonsense, Mr. Sanford, it's very hard to take you seriously. YOU wanted to become governor, and it's apparent from your response that you still think your "conservative beliefs" are a lot more important than following the law.

    But good luck to you anyways...

    September 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    Mark Sanford with his skeletons of affair and AWOL from office is a different story than Palin. So he should not compare Apple to Oranges! He should resign and save GOP the embarrassment.

    September 2, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Ken

    I don't think God had a whole lot to do with him.

    September 2, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. JR

    Oh boo-hoo... Dude, you cheated big time on your wife, used public tax money and state owned transportation for personal uses... No small wonder you're getting investigated (by your own party no less)... you deserve it.

    Identifying with Sarah Palin isn't going to get you any sympathy.... at least not from me. Besides, you can always have the "Palin Option"; just quit.

    September 2, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. james

    what an idiot!! He spends taxpayer money for personal trips and wonders why he is being investigated.

    September 2, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. andrewstl

    yes i am sure you can. you are both done politically.
    and you are both ignorant fools

    September 2, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Doug

    You people just don't get it...the reason people judge you is because of all your efforts to make people of anything other than bible belt christians
    WRONG!...and the funny thing is you people always end up doing the worst crap imaginable...
    chill out!!!!...you and Palin

    September 2, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Mitch

    Are these Republicans for REAL????? They SERVE at the pleasure of their VOTERS. The media is supposed to ask the questions we, the voters can't due to access. If you screw up in office, waste money in office, break laws in office....YOU ARE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. Sanford cheated on his wife, used taxpayers money as if it were his right and has the GALL to say he's being unfairly attacked? The 'holier than though' attitude of the right wing has come back to haunt him and his supporters. To include Palin in the mix....well, that's stupid but appropriate since she's a quitter, a cheat and the worst politician Alaska's produced since Ted Stevens.

    September 2, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. MonRob

    Yeah, right Sanford, join Palin in the Alaskan trail!

    September 2, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. RJ1008

    Sounds like two criminals talking to each other in a cell.

    September 2, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Shucks

    Poor republicans being picked on so. Laughable.

    September 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. victim of republican greed

    Remind me to send a sympathy card to his first wife.

    September 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. KK

    Are we to feel compassion for Sanford and Palin-NOT.

    September 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. David Czajkowski

    "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."

    He has to be joking, right? I do not believe that God wanted him to or told him to fly off to Argentina to be with his mistress. He is a part of the problem, not the solution.

    September 2, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Aaron in Charlottesville

    Uh, Mark, are you sure you want to be compared to her? Talk about sadomasochism...it's as if he is trying to be tarred and feathered.

    September 2, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. A Wyoming Democrat

    Right....Palin quit because of mounting legal bills but yet she if off to Hong Kong to ruin the American reputation. Hmmmmm, money or no money? Sanford hasn't got a clue. What he is going through is nothing compared to Palin. At least Sanford is an intelligent man, whereas Palin lacks in all departments needed to be in politics. She is not bright enough to know she's not bright enough and that is why she is continually dragged through the mud.

    September 2, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Parker

    Perhaps this love sick moron should blame Howdy Doody for his troubles. How could he know what it feels like to be a complete idiot like Palin unless he is one hmself? Oh that's right, he is an idiot. Typical Republican, he's guilty so it's the media's fault.

    September 2, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Amy Kathleen

    He abandoned his state without telling his staff- turned his back on it and went where no one could contact him. What if there had been a natural disaster? When you are governor you can't just disappear. What he was doing while he was gone is irrelevant. It's dereliction of duty.

    September 2, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Marilyn

    Just resign and go away Mark. And take John Edwards with you. Your political career is toast.

    September 2, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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