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. goodegyptian

    Finally her husband decided to divorce her, she's a bad woman. she deserves it. Go cry and yell more, Ms. Palin.

    February 24, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  2. edlinn

    God I love this woman. Please stay around and screw up the Republican Party for the next 4 years or so.

    February 24, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. malabar

    if this is news, Palin has won. Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin Palin

    February 24, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. clarke

    and, your point is.

    February 24, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Jilli

    Who cares about the half-term grifter? She's beyond insignificant and irrelevant.

    February 24, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. poopmeister

    Good, thank god they have the means to expose politicians for who they are. Palin was just not smart enough to refrain from sending damaging emails potentially hurting her character. She was a horrible governor and was an even worse running mate! I hope people stop buying her books and buying into her all american persona.

    February 24, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Cindy

    This woman has always been a fraud. I do not understand how so many people were taken in by her. This is not a family that has lived their life with any kind of class. I still remember when she was campaigning and kept putting her babies dirty diapers in the ashtray instead of the trash can, for other people to clean up. Bad people.

    February 24, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. freddie

    What a cattie report. How unprofessional to report this piece of crap. Of what newsworthy pertinence does this drivel have? Shame on the cattie reporters.

    February 24, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. benji

    She is such a joke.

    February 24, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. trooperchix

    It's refreshing to see no one is paying attention to this nobody.

    February 24, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |

    I wish people would stop calling her Governor. She only served a half term at best before she quit. Seems like she gave up that right. As I recall, she said she quit because she could not do her job with all the law suits that were being filed against her. she bankrupted the town and didn't have a thing to show for it and was mired in scandal.

    February 24, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. schnikers

    I am not sure that Mrs. Palin's marital status is any of our business.

    February 24, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Mercyme

    She's just trying to get her name back in the news. She can't stand it that she's being ignored.

    February 24, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Gaylon Barrow

    You CNN and Obama supporters are just plain ghouls. Your so sorry you would\n't even be able to rest comfortable in an outhouse. Get your heads out of the dirt and leave this decent, honest American woman alone.

    February 24, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. Investment Advisor

    C'mon Cnn.... how about substantial news, not this gossip magazine crap. You're following in the steps of the National Enquirer!

    February 24, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Jim

    It's all about the money baby! And the funniest thing is the followers she amassed while screwing every last one of them. I don't know who's more pathetic, her or her right wing nutjob followers.

    February 24, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. bassman

    Gov. Palin has talked about how the dozens of frivolous ethics complaints and outside media request hindered her from doing her job as governor. Palin's office would spend all their time dealing with these things, and not doing the states business. CNN proves her point just in this one post. CNN writes that they have a call into Palin for a comment on the devorce issue. So, Palin as to drop everything she is doing and respond to CNN. If CNN had read Frank Bailey's email back they would have learned Palin was mocking those that question her devorce rumors. Muliply this one post to the hundreds of request Palin's office received and you will see how easy it was for her to be overwhelmed.

    February 24, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Sanity

    Can you Palin haters grow up?

    February 24, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |

    Such a total hypocrite.!!! Hope all that money she makes on the Fake New Channel goes for legal fees. If he were smart, he'd dump her. She's such a loser.

    February 24, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  20. Calcommuter

    Kind of a no brainer. if you are republican, regardless if your husband worked for BP, there is a conflict of interesst. They own the party!

    February 24, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. Dywlf

    What the fascist liberal do with our corrupt court system that they created is criminal.

    February 24, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. Core Republican Values

    Its super to see evidence that she was wiling to drop her husband for political gain. Certainly core republican values at work.

    I bet there are some marvelous conversations going on right now at the Palin compound. Hopefully it will lead to the revelation of more juicy personal hypocrisy, immorality, weakness of character, and brutally poor judgement.

    February 24, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. LouAZ

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ! Beauty Pageant First Runner Up Snooki Palin learns that if you want to play Hardball . . . someone will shove the bat up your . . . !
    Couldn't have happened to a nicer, more deserving Princess that thought she could be Queen.

    February 24, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. Chris

    Seriously, just let her pass into the dustbins of history already. She has proven time and again that she offers nothing substansive and is to put it mildly, dumb. She and her life are irrelevant.

    February 24, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. Aaron

    I'm sure that her payrollers, the billionaire Koch brothers, have taken care of all her legal expenses. All she has to do is continue spewing lies and nonsense....a job for she is very well-suited.

    February 24, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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