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. Ken in NC

    The Governor is not in a battle over a Threat Against Liberty. He is fighting against the public preception that he screwed up. He is still in his battle against what he did wrong and is in denial. He has used state monies somewhere in a manner not consistant with the established purpose. He is not willing to accept that he is human and made mistakes. He feels he made a mistake, can admit to it and move on and all will be forgotten. He has come to the realization that it is not that easy in his family to do this but he thinks he can do it with the people of SC. Not so easy Governor.

    Governor, face up to your short comings. Resign your office and go home to your family. Work to rebuild the trust you lost there. They should mean more to you than what the public preception of you is.

    September 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Jeff - Austin, TX

    Gov. Sanford has playing the victim down to science. Ex-gov. Pailn and the ex-gov. Blagojevich should team up and take their act on the road. Let them call it the Three Amigos, the Victims.

    September 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Joanna in PA

    Palins ethic complaints were mostly filed before the VP tap. She clearly isn't aware of what her job entailed. She is a venomous extremely ignorant shrew.
    Mr Sanford, you did do wrong. I do not care about your affair what so ever. We are human. I do care about the hippocrisy and the weird Christian sect you belong too. ( but none of that is illegal). But you did travel on the tax payers dime and you were irresponsible by leaving the country and not putting someone else in charge or letting them know where you were. I am sorry that you are so torn up with this affair. It seems like you love this women. None of that is any of our business.

    September 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. pnwjim

    And on todays 'AS THE WORLD TURNS' GOV S. can relate to the problems of GOV P. but the story line is can you find anyone in the rep. party dumber than the other.GOV S. was just speading the 'word of Jesus' in Brazil and GOV. P. is now going to expand the rep. base by speaking in Asia [sorry asia, but can you keep her].the only thing i can really say about these two is atleast GOV. S book should have some good parts as GOV. P will be the NON-UNDERSTANDABLE drivel weve been hearing about 'woah is me '.To arrogant and neither practice what they preach.That discribes the G.O.P.

    September 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Brian0901

    Typical jerk republican

    September 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. rambo

    Sandford please what u did has nothing to do with Palin eventhough i can stand her either, you committed adultry U foool Palin is just a DUmmy by nature."People want her to be president""" Its beyond me Sandford just resign and save your family have some class go back to your wife and kids and Get on your knees like the weak man u are a ask for forgivness u Wheezle

    September 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. JV

    Poor man, maybe if he would behave the ethic committee would stay away.

    September 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Paul, Bethlehem Pa

    Doesn't anyone get tired of listening to the excuses of hypocrites playing the part of the victim and evoking the name of God to justify their position.

    Gov. Sanford's situation is in no way similar to Gov. Palin's (unless she had an extramarital affair at the taxpayers expense that she hasn't admitted to). But of course only the truly gullible would buy his comparison.

    September 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. llinmpls

    Isn't that nice. Why don't you MAN up!! Sarah did. She's looking better all the time, hot legs and she lowered the bar. What a whiney ninny, God and mother and Sarah Palin nice smokescreen you wimp. Hiding binhind a skirt, you wimp. MAN UP!!!! You chump you went to diddle your girlfriend, what MAN wouldn't. Isn't that what God wants, real men with real women. You sir are no man. Republican chump!

    September 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. Joy

    Imagine that... Palin and Sanford. Dumb and Dumber! Sanford needs to follow Palin's lead and exit now!

    September 2, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. Eric

    Well maybe you should resign like her too.

    September 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Steve in Denver

    Mr. Sanford: Palin is a joke, an airhead, and used her power to punish people who wouldn't do things her way, like fire a trooper who happened to be her soon to be ex brother in law. While that is unethical, it hardly compares with your antics.

    Adultry is a crime, it violates one of the ten commandments, not to mention your vow "forsake all others . . .until death do us part." And, at least when Sarah left the state for several days, someone knew where she was. You are the chief executive of South Carolina. Had there been a catastrophy, your state would have been over a barrell.

    There is no comparison. You are a low life. And, really, I can't believe after having a long term affair discovered, you still invoke God. You have sinned, and you seem to be proud of it. The hypocracy of many Republicans is simply beyond belief.

    September 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. PAUL W

    I think he's fishing for a date with Palin.

    September 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Paul

    "I think I now know what Sarah may have been feeling," Sanford told The Washington Times in an interview published Wednesday.

    Excuse Mark – Both you and Sarah Palin felt the heat because you made bad choices, and as evidenced by the findings in Palin's "Trooper Gate" and your admission of an affair and improper use of state funds for travel, it appears you are both very guilty of those accusations.

    If you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen.

    September 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Tim

    Always the little extra partisan CNN commentary: "Unfaithful Governor" instead of "Governor" or "Governor Sanford". I never seem to see the same little comments from CNN about Democrats. And, like Republicans (and probably everybody for that matter), there are plenty of Democrats that have been involved in scandals.

    September 2, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Liz T, Tucson

    Oh, please. People make their own problems. Funny how accountability is a big deal for politicians until it concerns themselves.

    September 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Libertarian

    So we should have just taken his word for it? Ummm...NO. You took on a public role and your records are public. When will these guys realize they are NOT above the law? I know Bush/Cheney tried to set that example but "we the people" will not stand for that crap.

    We are a country of laws. That is our example to the world.

    September 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. T

    Oh CNN stop with the sensationalized headlines.

    September 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. inofritzn

    Isn't there repercussions for filing false allegations? Palin needs to go after the children that are wasting taxpayer money with these false claims

    September 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. carol

    The complaints against Palin were not baseless and she was not cleared of all unethical behavior. He is unethical, she is unethical, and birds of a feather screw up together.

    September 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Emma

    Pity parties!

    September 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Chas

    Ha! What a crock! I am dumbfounded that this obviously dillusional man has the audacity to claim he knows what Sarah Palin felt like. I'm no fan of Palin's, but when she left Alaska wasn't she running for Vice President? And if I recall correctly, her husband and family were right by her side. Mark Sanford left South Carolina to commit adultery with a mistress in a South America! And where were his wife and children? Wondering where the heck he was like the rest of the state!! Shut up and resign already. What a disgrace!

    September 2, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. robrubin

    Boo hoo. Cry me a river. You deserve no sympathy and should do the right thing and resign.

    September 2, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Will, Minneapolis

    Sanford, maybe you should do the right thing too and quit.

    September 2, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Johnny DC

    Another attempt by CNN to slander Palin by associating her with the adulterous governor.

    Can one media entity be any more malignantly motivated?

    September 2, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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