July 11th, 2009
03:44 PM ET
13 years ago

Latest ethics complaints should be 'a wake-up call,' Palin says

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/11/art.palinwave0711.gi.jpg caption="Gov. Palin's office announced Friday night that two more ethics complaints have been filed against her in the last week."]
(CNN) – The two new ethics complaints filed against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the past week should be ‘a wake-up call,’ the former Republican vice presidential candidate says.

In a statement released late Friday night, Palin’s office announced that two more ethics complaints had been filed against the governor in the week since she made her surprise announcement that she plans to step down later this month -including one complaint filed on Friday.

“Although the governor would not have thought it possible, the latest complaint rises to a new level of absurdity in alleging that she has been paid for interviews that she has given to the news media,” Palin’s chief of staff Mike Nizich said in a release announcing the filing of the recent complaints.

“It is amazing to me that anyone could think that, let alone put their name behind it and once again seek to distract state officials and needlessly increase their work load. The state is losing the value of some of its expenditures when public servants are pulled away from important assignments to deal with far-fetched and mean-spirited allegations,” added Nizich.

For her own part Palin used the leveling of two more ethics complaints against her in a week’s time to call for a more productive political discourse in her state.

“The only saving grace in this recent episode is that it proves beyond any doubt the significance of the problem Alaska faces in the ‘new normal’ of political discourse,” Palin also said in Friday’s statement announcing the complaints. “I hope this will be a wake-up call – to legislators, to commentators and to citizens generally – that we need a much more civil and respectful dialogue that focuses on the best interests of the state, rather than the petty resentments of a few.”

Of the total of 19 ethics complaints that have been filed against Palin or her staff, “15 have been resolved without any finding of wrongdoing, and four are now pending,” Friday’s statement from Palin’s office also said.

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  1. Ally M.

    Where is Tina Fey? Fey was the only reason this woman was remotely palatable.

    July 11, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Jeff in Houston

    What can I say? If His Highness George II is above the law, surely the patron saint of ignorance and hypocrisy will get off scott free. Nothing will come of this.

    July 11, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Sarh---you win---they lose.....

    The presidency is all yours in 2012--

    Obama is failing miserably on the economy, unemployment, and home foreclosures....he has no clue how to fix things and instead of dealing with them, runs to hide in Africa....

    Also Obama has no credibility with N. Korea, Iran, or China....

    Obama is ONE and DONE

    July 11, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    You don't ask and then get respect – you earn it.
    Palin has been a slime slinger since McCain put her on stage. She is the culprit of "un-civil and dis-respectful dialogue", not the victim of it. Typical of her political affiliation where they claim to be the victim when they are the source.

    July 11, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. pt

    "Ruin financially, politiacally, and spiritually" seems to be the motto in this apparent coordinated efforts to disable her in the short and long run. I think all the money spent on the obvious extortion attempts should be recouped from the complainers and have these people permanently barred from any future actions unless approved by a judge.

    July 11, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    More attacks from the liberals. Palin 2012.

    July 11, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Scott

    Just as much as that Palin would have us believe it is possible that all these allegations are without merit, it is just as possible they have merit. In either case the quicker she leaves the stage and the Republican party wakes up to the demands of mainstream America the better.

    July 11, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Lauren

    Where there is smoke, there is fire.

    July 11, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Nathan from Atlanta

    Why is she still talking in public? Palin, just lay low if you want to improve your image.

    July 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. BAILEY

    She must be doing things right or the left wing people would not be attacking her so much. GO PALIN GO PALIN GO.

    July 11, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. PAC

    Palin quits as Mayor after a few months for higher calling, quita as Governor after a few months for a higher calling, quits a Presidency after a few months for a higher calling – Mother God!!

    July 11, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Jim from New York

    Oh, you mean like the group that had Paula Jones file her lawsuit the week the statute of limitations was to run out? She is right – lawsuits are a distraction – and that one (Jones') took the U.S. Congress months to straighten out, including Impeachment Trial, with salvating Republicans and Admiral Rheinquist centerstage.

    But, then again, I didn't hear any Republicans lamenting the loss of decency when they grilled Bill for his private affair(s), so let's not start now.

    July 11, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Penn Voter

    The law needs to be changed so that if someone files against another and the charges are found to be false, the one that made the false allegations should be required to pay all the legal fees, including those of the courts and the defense.

    July 11, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Jane

    There is movement to destroy this woman and it is really a shame that people have nothing more to do than waste the AK taxpayer's money. Venture to say that all of this is politically motivated and it is an embarrassment that politics has resorted to this. The liberal agenda is striking below the belt and a blow to the women's movement. Say what you want but I have spent 30 years fighting machines that have nothing more than destroying the character and personal lives of hard working women. It amazes me that it is acceptable for some politicians to not be targeted and others to be continually assulted. A couple of months back a doll company wanted to make dolls in the likeness of Obama's daughters and there was a huge backlash about it. Months later unflattering things are said about an ex vice presidental canididates daughter and pictures are photoshopped with her handicapped son and people claim that she cannot handle the heat. There is a double standard here that is WRONG>

    July 11, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Obama - NOPE

    The more the Democrats try to attack Palin, the stronger she becomes.

    July 11, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. clr

    The law needs to be changed in this country – for all filings...

    The LOSER pays against lawsuits, ethics complaints, etc... We would get rid of a huge chunk of these nuisance complaints.

    Either that – or just haul these liberals off and drown them in a barrerl like rats. Our States are going through financial crisis, and they are wasting tax payers money with THIS??

    July 11, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Cindy- St. Louis

    This woman is a train wreck. I feel sorry for her supporters who can't see the amazing "double-speak" that happens whenever she opens her mouth.

    Remember the movie "A Face in the Crowd"? Fast forward to current times and soon to be ex-Gov. Palin.

    July 11, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Cobra Montana

    The democratic party and its supporters are sick puppies, they only attack people that disagree with them or they dislike. They have no ethics.

    July 11, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Joe the Troll

    It's been well and factually established that she received a per diem for living in her own home instead of the mansion. She couldn't care less about taxpayer expense.

    July 11, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Moore

    With so many ethics complaints (though many have been resolved), I have to assume there must be some other reason than vindictive opponents.

    July 11, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    Nail this right-wing witch, at whatever cost, until the job is done and she is relegated to the Ann Coulter circuit where she belongs. Is there a problem with that?

    July 11, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. STepper

    Well, one of them had substance - Palin had to pay the state back almost $8500 for the trips she took her props, I mean kids, on. Several of the other resolutions were whitewashes. The per diem she has taken is pretty chintzy. The Wasilla hillbillies need as much dough as they can get, and when the state coffers began to dry up they simply moved on to new ways to get money.

    Good riddance, Sarah. You coarsened the political discourse and you are now reaping what you have sown.

    July 11, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. cspurgeon

    She is weird and I sure would like to see her fade with the other misfits. What a bunch of wackos the Republicans are turning into.

    July 11, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Joshua

    Hey CNN, why don't you try explaining what the ethics complaints are, instead of just repeating Gov. Palin's talking points? You are doing a disservice to your readers by not keeping them informed. No one cares about the drama!

    July 11, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. No one famous

    Give it a rest already!

    July 11, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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