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Palin says state needs new ethics policy

July 12, 2009

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— Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she hopes the latest ethics complaint filed against her is a “wake-up call” that a new ethics policy is needed in the 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 said in a release that was posted online through her Twitter account.

“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,” Palin said.

The ethics complaint, filed Friday with the state personnel board, alleges that Palin has been paid for media interviews. Palin’s chief of staff, Mike Nizich, called the allegation absurd.

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