September 2nd, 2009
09:49 AM ET
12 years ago

Sanford: Now I know what Palin felt like

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)


    Stop playing the victim and martyr THAT YOU ARE NOT, you hypocrite, and take some responsibility for your actions.

    Resign already.

    September 2, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Joyce in South Carolina

    Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!! I don't think Sarah Palin and this slime ball are in the same league. AND I do not think much of her!!!! He should resign and stop making South Carolina the laughing stock of America.

    September 2, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. PAUL

    Yeah I feel it's called finally realizing that you are both intellectual lightweights who got exposed for what they are...thank you CNN

    September 2, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    The daily Palin article so left-wing hatemongers can get their kicks in.....

    September 2, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Irma in North Carolina

    Well you two are both alike, either one of you wanted to take the stimulas money to help the people in your state. At least (not yet) we cant call you a quitter.

    September 2, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. T22

    Just like Palin? Except of course you had some actual ethical lapses unlike her and you won't stop talking about it. Clearly Gov. Sanford is consumed by this issue and needs to step aside.

    September 2, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Proud Southerner

    Governor, with all due respect you lost all your credibility. I do not believe you and do not trust you. Go fornicate with your Spanish Love becuase we do not want you here. Trust me this is not politically based, this is the fact thatr you cannot be trusted.

    September 2, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. bam

    When you play with fire, don't complain about getting burned. This applies to Sanford AND Palin.

    September 2, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Is sanford talking about the quitter's alledge romp in the hay with one of the dude's friends?

    September 2, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Fed Up

    Too bad. You did something wrong. Palin didn't. All of the complaints against her have been unfounded. You don't see that on TV or the front page of the paper though.

    September 2, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Pepou

    Yeah, two losers who are an embarrassment to the country !

    September 2, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. demwit

    You mean partisan politics was being used against Sarah Palin and costing Alaskan millions!? But, but.., why didn't CNN report on that truth??

    September 2, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Melissa

    Yes, you and Palin both made yourselves laughing stocks. You because you are a cheating thief, her because she's dumb as a brick, and neither of you have been able to hide it. No sympathy from me, and no sympathy deserved. If you'd quit, things might be better, but people don't trust you anymore. Justifiably.

    September 2, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Melissa

    Your god did NOT tell you to cheat the people. You chose to do that, and now you're facing the consequences. Deal with it.

    September 2, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. richard miller

    Sarah has her problems with her mouth running on ethyl. But, this guy has willy problems that took him to other countries at taxpayers expense. What a letch!

    September 2, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. All the news thats fit to omit

    Obama and Axelfraud now say that the Public option is off the table AGAIN (for today anyway) a congressional Democrat states how brilliant Fidel Castro is and how great cuban healthcare is and we get a twofer from CNN, a Sanford story that HAS PALIN it it.

    That should save you some space.

    Great job CNN, no wonder Fox more than quardruples your ratings across the board and you lose to MessNBC from time to time.

    I used to be a huge fan and watcher of your network, you have jumped the shark big time, no CORE, NO AUDIENCE.

    September 2, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Truth is Justice

    In this day of 24 hour media frenzied feeding... it is no wonder that hard working American political servants are served up on a platter for our daily feast. Not since the 'scarlet letter' when the victim was forced to wear a scarlet "A" for her indiscretions, have we seen such meanness.

    We are like teen-agers gossiping about what each other looks like, who is dating who, who dumped who and how long they cried about it.

    If you are among the people who are condeming someone (even when they are trying to make reparition).. then you should be reminded

    "Let he who is without sin.. cast the first stone"

    September 2, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Peoples Voice

    Is this guy too stupid or what?

    He is right in that he and Palin can come up with really dumb things to say in front of the microphones.

    I just can not imagine why anyone would say they are a Republican when they have leaders such as these two.

    September 2, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Jeff in Jersey

    Boo Hoo Hoo... What a clown! Be a man and stop whining! You cheated on your wife and abused your office. Now you, like Palin can't admit when you are wrong and keep looking for others to blame. Look in the mirror Mark and do the right thing, RESIGN!!!!!

    September 2, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. mother and sister of soldiers

    Can't the state give him a slap on the hands sort of like....Bill Clinton lying under oath to the congress, or Obama's cabinet members......and the lsit goes on and on.
    I don't approve what he did but gee, haven't we overlooked many others in powerful positions????? What is good for one should be good for all.

    September 2, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Bret

    Perhaps if Sanford and Palin were not traveling on personal business at the taxpayers expense they wouldn't have anything to worry about. And God put him on earth to be a politician? In all my years, that may be the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard.

    September 2, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. James

    Sanford is always good for a chuckle. Who would vote for a hypocritical clown like that.... Oh I forgot the bible belt. Maybe thats why Sanford talks of "what god put him here to do" and other such baffoonery. The man is LAUGHING at you S. Carolina, he will not leave unless you drag him out kicking and screaming! The only good thing about the nonsense he is doing now is destroying any legacy he may have had

    September 2, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Jason

    Palin and Sandford have nothing in common. The media will want us to think they do, but its hogwash. FREE YOUR MIND PEOPLE! Don't believe everything that you hear!


    September 2, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Katie

    What a crybaby! He got caught with his pants down, lying to people about where he was going and what he was doing... of course he's getting ethics complaints. Ridiculous! He needs to man up and take responsibility and not try to deflect this with crazy name-dropping and embarrassingly public boo-hoo-hooing. Has he no advisors to tell him to shut up and take the consequences for his actions?

    September 2, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. abraxis

    Sanford and Palin for 2012, PLEASE!

    September 2, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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