Is Alvin Greene a S.C. Republican Plant Candidate? (Video)
June 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Alvin Greene’s win in South Carolina’s Democratic senatorial primary, has to be the strangest story this political season. The mysterious unemployed Army vet captured 59 percent of the vote, with no fundraising and zero campaigning. Soon after his win, it was discovered that he is facing a felony charge for displaying online pornography to a college student. Now, it turns out that Greene, who lives with his parents, was also kicked out of the Army, after 13-years, for reasons unknown. Greene’s explanation is “things just weren’t working.” And questions abound, over how an indigent Greene managed to raise the $10,400 filing fee to be placed on the ballot. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) is calling for a federal investigation into the “shenanigans” surrounding Greene’s improbable candidacy.
ABC News has additional details on his pornography arrest in November:
“Greene, who has yet to enter a plea or be indicted, was arrested in November and charged with “disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity” in Richland County, S.C., and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.The U.S. Senate candidate was captured on video surveillance Nov. 4 trying to show “obscene photographs from a website” to a female victim on the University of South Carolina campus and go to her room without her consent, according to the affidavit.”
Greene has refused to comment about his pending felony charges.
When asked to explain his involuntarily dismissal from the Army, Greene, responded “things just weren’t working … it was hard to say.”
After news of his felony charge came out yesterday, Carol Fowler, chairwoman of the South Carolina Democratic Party asked Greene to step down. But Greene, so far, has refused to withdraw from the race.
Since his unexpected primary win, Greene has given several incoherent interviews, in which he has been unable to adequately explain why he is running for the U.S. Senate, and more importantly, how he managed to scrape together $10,400 out of his own pocket for the filing fee.
Sen. Clyburn is demanding that South Carolina initiate an investigation into the oddities of Greene’s candidacy:
“There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary,” Clyburn said during an appearance on the liberal Bill Press radio show. “I don’t know if he was a Republican plant; he was someone’s plant.”
According to The Hill, “Greene allegedly tried to pay the registration fee in cash, and Clyburn said he wondered whether an outside party might have funded both the fee and Greene’s campaign, in violation of federal campaign finance laws.”
Meanwhile, media outlets are competing to score the most bizarre and rambling interview of Greene, as he answers his parent’s now, constantly-ringing house phone. He doesn’t own a cell phone or a computer. And the winner so far, is Publiu SC. In the very painful recorded telephone interview, Greene is unable to put together a coherent thought, never mind a complete sentence.
He rambled on about a unified Korea “under a single democracy,” which he believes will somehow, create jobs in the U.S. And Greene, obviously had no idea how to answer questions about free trade, the Second Amendment, or the source of his filing fee, insisting it came from his savings.
In light of Publiu SC’s interview, the following quotes by Greene from his ABC News interview are priceless. “I’m looking forward to a September debate” with DeMint, Greene said of the effort to educate voters. “I would like an hour debate live on one of the networks.” Suffice it to say, Sen. DeMint (R-SC) has nothing to worry about.
Photo Source: South Carolina Democratic Party.