February 24th, 2012
05:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Newly released Palin e-mails show frustration and discussion of her marital status

Washington (CNN) - Thousands of newly released e-mails from former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin show her frustration with the increasing ethics complaints filed against her and the mounting legal costs her family was personally incurring.

Also there is one tantalizing e-mail from Sept. 26, 2007 - almost a full year before she was tapped for the unsuccessful GOP presidential ticket - with the subject line saying "Marital Problems." Addressing two of her gubernatorial aides, she said "So speaking of ... If we, er, when we get a divorce, does that quell 'conflict of interest' accusations about BP?"

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That is apparently a reference to the oil company her husband, Todd, worked for. The oil company and the state would have a lot of dealings, but what exactly is meant in referring to the conflict of interest is not clear.

There is no further explanation about whether Palin was being serious or whether it was meant as a joke or sarcasm.

In a Twitter post Saturday, Palin poked fun at the media for their treatment of her e-mail, writing: "Good work, media. My '07 'divorce' email was a joke mocking you for making up divorce rumors. Keep up the, er, credibility-building efforts!"

What she is referring to is unclear since the e-mail was written in 2007, a year before she was tapped to be on the Republican ticket and many months before her marital status would be the focus of national stories.

Palin adviser Doug McMarlin said the divorce comment wasn't meant to be taken seriously.

"Governor Palin was clearly speaking tongue-in-cheek in the email," McMarlin said. "This email was during her fifth pregnancy and the Palin marriage remains one of the most solid in any environment. We thank the media for their, er, continuing attention to this particular issue."

Seperately, a Palin friend told CNN: "That divorce mention was a joke. The 'er' should have been the first clue. If you do the math, she was just finding out about her fifth pregnancy so they were quite close and doing well."

The Palins' marital status has been the source of rumors for years since she emerged on the national stage in 2008.

Several Alaskan websites reported in the summer of 2009 – soon after Palin resigned as governor – that a divorce was impending. Representatives for Palin have in the past vehemently denied any talk of divorce.

A Palin associate told People magazine in August 2009: "No truth to any of the rumors...No divorce. No affairs." Palin posted on her Facebook page a note saying she and her husband "remain married (and) committed to each other and their family."

These newly released e-mails also show clearly how frustrated Palin was, in the months leading up to her resignation, with the intense focus on her and the cost of it.

In April 2009, when another ethics complaint was lodged against her, Palin wrote to some aides: "Unflippinbelievable...I'm sending this because you can relate to the bullcrap continuation of the hell these people put the family through."

Ethics charges against Palin included an allegation she fired Alaska's public safety commissioner over his failure to fire a state trooper who was involved in a divorce with Palin's sister, complaints over travel expenses, and whether she used her influence to get a supporter a state government job.

A month earlier, when talking about the numerous Freedom of Information requests made with the state and how to respond to a reporter's query, she wrote they had cost Alaska over $1 million.

And then she said "We've all had to pay for OWN legal defense in this political bloodsport-it's horrendous-why do you think Todd is on the slope today? i am paying to defend in my capacity as GOVERNOR-actions taking in my official position. This is unheard of anywhere else." She went on to say "I can't afford this job."

In the e-mails, she and her aides also talked about the controversy over her being out of the state in the winter and spring of 2009. One aide e-mailed her indicating Palin had spent a total of 94 days out of Alaska. She was told the number dropped to 84 if Palin's travel days were counted as "in-state" since she spent at least part of the day there.

These e-mails are part of a second batch of documents released by the state of Alaska as part of a Freedom of Information request, which included CNN, that originated in fall 2008 after Palin became the vice presidential nominee.

This batch mostly covers the period of October 1, 2008, through July 26, 2009, when Palin left office. The state was supposed to release these last fall, but asked for an extension through this month.

The e-mails were released Wednesday to reporters physically located in the state and discs containing them were mailed to the respective media organizations on the same day. The Anchorage Daily News posted copies on its website, and CNN was able to examine them there.

CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Sarah Palin
soundoff (332 Responses)
  1. KeninTexas

    Why is this a story? This silliness belongs in The National Inquirer along with the UFO stories.

    February 25, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. KeninTexas

    Why is this a story? This silliness belongs in The Na_tion_al In_qu_irer along with the UFO and man bites dog stories.

    February 25, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. Randall Rodd

    Just goes to show what a poor choice Palin would have been...she wanted to bolt being governor...she cannot be trusted and anyone who supports/supported her really has a problem with seeing people for that really are. I have a different perspective, since I met Palin in October 2006 in Sitka, I could tell then, long before she was tapped by McCain..and the guy I was with called her an idiot after our brief interview with her...that was in 2006. She is someone who was catapulted to infamy without any real reason. She needs to take her sicko family and return to anonymity. And please take her moon faced daughter with her...she think she is a celebrity now.

    February 25, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  4. Rachel

    I would never be dumb enough to vote for her and admit I sometimes can't help myself whenit comes to Palin news, but this article is silly. Couples go through things. It's her personal businss and I wouldn't consider it news at all.

    February 25, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. francis

    Some people will believe anything.

    February 25, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. simon562

    So...THIS is where the last Palin supporters are hanging now adays?

    February 25, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  7. Eugenia

    Ha ha. Now the secessionist & union man Todd is stuck with her. For the love of money.

    February 25, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. Tom in the Great NW

    Remember when Mr. Reagansheimers said that HE WAS SURPRISED TO FIND THAT SOME PEOPLE DID NOT LIKE HIM AND NANCY ?
    Sarah Darlin' thinks that she can CAMPAIGN FROM A TWITTER and by E-MAIL – BUT SHE IS NOT A QUITTER !!

    February 25, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. aandgande

    I don't understand why her emails were released to the media to begin with. The media causes way more harm than good these days. Focus on more positive issues and help more good come to the world rather than drag people down. And for what it's worth, I am not a Palin fan.

    February 25, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Ron in Ca.

    Left wing media Palin haters......what a bunch of idiots.

    February 25, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. Neo

    Hey I want to know what Hillary Clinton's emails said!!!! Come on people it's been three years, lets move on!

    February 25, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. anyone but obama

    Sarah will have a Top notch Cabinet Post in the New Romney or Santorum Administration. Book it

    February 25, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "What she is referring to is unclear since the e-mail was written in 2007, a year before she was tapped to be on the Republican ticket and many months before her marital status would be the focus of national stories." ...Really?? Yes but the e-mails were just released, and this twitter post was from Saturday. Either the blogger is intentionally trying to mislead or is a little on the slow side.

    February 25, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  14. Rico

    I agree. Let's see Obama's emails from when he was a senator. Maybe there is some juicy stuff in there.

    February 25, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. libdem

    Good grief – I do not care for SP for a number of reasons, however, NOTHING in this article is a reason to not like her. So, if one were to take the divorce remark seriously (and I believe it was a joke), BFD. With marriages ending in divorce >50% of the time, I would imagine that possibly 90% of married people think or express a remark about divorce. Again, BFD. The comments listed in the email transcripts are of no importance. Again, I do not like her however, I do think certain newsorgs' obsession with SP is absurd.

    February 25, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. Johnny B. Goode

    Desijoe, you voted for Sarah Palin and would vote for her again? Now, that's sad.

    February 25, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. Johnny B. Goode


    32,000 emails and this is the best the Left could come up with.


    It's not the "Left" that has said the things Snowball Snookie has said.

    February 25, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. Snoot

    I thought she was dead. Wishful thinking, I see.

    February 25, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  19. F B M

    Anyone who would waste a vote on this simpleton should be shot for treason.

    February 25, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  20. BleenGloob

    Sarah Kardashian and her daughter Kim need to go far far far away and take their public relations and TV appearances with them. They are sooooooooooooooooooooooo petty. I am sooooooooooooooooo tired of seeing them on Fox and E!

    February 25, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  21. M.K.

    Palin doesn't need a divorce, she needs to join the Mormon church and marry her a few studs. Or is just the men that can have multiple spouses?

    February 26, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. Hugh Jass

    Sarah Palin does not seem very smart to me.

    February 26, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  23. Lenny Pincus

    Well, speaking of lamestream media. Glen Beck submitted question to Palin before he interviewed her so she could formulate answers. Quick, wingers, construct your tortured defenses of the princess.

    February 26, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  24. colt45

    Where are the"254" comments–only five showed up opn my computer. CNNIs now making up content volume, apparently.

    February 26, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  25. Mike Buck

    Perhaps she should have another exorcism...you tube it if you want to the first one. She is whacked out!

    February 26, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
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