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. Angie in Pa

    Oh Please stop being whiney cry babies If you cant take the heat get out of the Kitchen PALIN DID!

    September 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Eric

    Hey loser – stop violating ethics rules and you won't have anything to worry about.

    September 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. jerry

    Two idiots who are the face of the Republican party. Republicants couldn't organize a party in a liquor store at this point. To get their party back they need to start telling the truth but we all know that ain't going to happen.

    September 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Tom in California

    QUERY: Did God want Governor Sanford to go to visit his mistress in Argentina and lie to his family and constituency?

    The longer he remains as Governor, the more foolish he looks. God and the Republican Party certainly do not want to be associated with Mark Sanford at this time.

    September 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. ron

    Because your a loser too.

    September 2, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. concerned citizen

    There is no comparison among these two, but Sara Palin at least had the common sense of resigning and apparently she did a fair job as Governor. But the arrogance of Sanford actions accompanied by the poor performance at his job including the animosity he has created among his own political party has no excuses. Unfortunately the SC republican party facing their own political demise in a red state does not have the guts to ask unanimously for his resignation or proceed to his impeachement.

    September 2, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Tom in Delaware

    Gov. Sanford....here's the solution.....change your party affilition to 'Democrat' and the MainStream Media will forget about you faster than you can say 'John Edwards'.

    September 2, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. MLH

    Poor misunderstood and victimized man. I feel so sorry for him. Not.

    September 2, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. John G

    I love how the headlines on the main page continue to refer to Sanford as "Unfaithful Governor" like he's the only one...

    September 2, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. R in Maine

    I guess they would identify with each other. They are both stupid, and have no sense of ethics or honor. He probably thinks that he can see Russia from his backyard and that is enough for foreign policy experience.

    September 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Marc

    Seriously stop it Mr.Sanford. I'm so tired of politicians whining about media coverage when they royally screw up and then start throwing around God's name as if now we are supposed to be sympathetic. If you really want to make it right with God then do it privately like your supposed to. I'm quite sure if the president had been caught doing this, or any Democrat for that matter, you would have taken the high road. The media spotlight tends to shine a bit brighter when you turn out to be a huge hypocrite!

    September 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Debra

    Of course he identifies with her...he's found his level. Now take her cue and step off the stage.
    He should just shup up, and go emote somewhere else...maybe self-flagellation as well...while he makes the world safe for democracy...what a complete tool.

    Is this the best South Carolina can come up with.......?

    September 2, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Steph

    You both know what it feels like to completely screw up, seek media attention and then get upset when you get media attention???

    September 2, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Gerry

    The good news is that Sanford will resign just like Palin did. All's well that ends well.

    September 2, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Charles

    He has nothing to worry about if he has done nothing wrong.

    September 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Keeth in California

    More of the same from Sanford: me, me, me, me, me.

    September 2, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Tim in Minnesota

    I've got two words for Sanford and Palin: Bi and Polar...

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

    He knows what Palin felt like??? I thought he was taggin some chick from Argentina, not Alaska...

    September 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. David

    I wonder if God told him to travel to Argentina to have an affair too?

    It's called being DELUSIONAL Mr. Sanford. I guess you and Sara Palin DO have that in common.

    September 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Todd Vick

    For the record, I live in SC, and I did NOT vote this man into office. Outside of our political pitfalls, SC really is a great place to live and raise a family. I regret that we have become such a laughing stock.

    September 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. JA/TN

    whinning, you failed according to your own principles, there are consequences for actions, MAN UP(Step Down), are you exempt, no, as for Palin she left the gate to soon

    September 2, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Big V

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

    It's called accountability, and being forced to take responsibility for your actions even though you don't want to. It's called integrity, and its presence in the Republican party is sorely lacking. Complaining about being held accountable for your actions as a public servant is pathetic – and why Mr. Sanford is being hounded from office.

    September 2, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Dave C - NJ

    Atta boy Sanford...just bring God into it, you will be fine.

    September 2, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. old timer

    The should be a law where you can sue people who bring baseless law suits against anyone. The people in Alaska must be very proud or stupid for doing this to Palin. The people wanted change and they got it. Yet these same people who voted for this person will not admit they did. It will go down in the history books as the man that no one voted for another Nixon era.

    September 2, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. S Callahan New York

    A man cannot be establised through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted. Proverb 12:3

    September 2, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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