Alvin Greene, who won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday to
challenge South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint in November, is not your
typical political candidate. A 32-year-old veteran, currently
unemployed, Greene did no campaigning. But that's just the beginning of
this weird story. Here are the goods on Greene.
- He's Also an
Accused Felon The A.P.'s Meg Kinnard reports, "Court records say he was
arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to
a University of South Carolina student, then talking about going to her
room at a university dorm. Charged with disseminating, procuring or
promoting obscenity, Greene could face up to five years in prison. He
has yet to enter a plea or be indicted."
- ...But Still
Campaigning, Sort Of Kinnard follows up, "Refusing
to discuss the pending charge, Greene says he's ready to get the message
out about his platform, whose three main points -- jobs, education and
justice -- were listed on a green campaign flyer he told a reporter he
couldn't have because it was his only copy."
- Accuser's Family
Declares War Mother Jones' Suzy Khimm talks to the family of the girl who alleges
the felony charges against Greene. "The alleged victim's family is
determined to bring down the candidacy of the unemployed army vet who
stunned South Carolina on Tuesday with his Democratic primary win,"
Khimm writes. "Susan McCoy claims that Greene had already been told once
by USC authorities that he was not allowed on parts of campus. 'He had
no business being there,' she told Mother Jones. The incident was
captured on a campus video surveillance camera."
Establishment Embraced Green Before the pornography charges
emerged, DSCC chairman Sen. Bob Menendez told the
Washington Post, "We take our efforts and time in the states where we
have the greatest calculus of being able to engage and win ... so we
weren't engaged in South Carolina. But I think one story out of South
Carolina is the volatility that exists out there, where you have someone
who spent no time and no effort on a campaign, and that guy could win.
That shows the nature of the campaigns out there."
- ...Now They
Urge Withdrawal The Hill's Sean Miller reports, "Less
than 24 hours after Alvin Greene's surprise win in the South Carolina
Democratic Senate primary, the state party has asked him to withdraw
from the race because of a pending felony charge. ... The party said
that as of Wednesday afternoon it had not received a response from
Greene." Politico reports that Greene is
refusing to step down.
- Could Be GOP Plant? The Guardian's
Michael Tomasky wonders,
is afoot that Greene's candidacy was a GOP plant. Apparently
there's historical precedent ... And remember, this is the home state of
Lee Atwater and the state where rumors that he'd fathered a black child
helped do in John McCain. Not that South Carolina has anything like a
monopoly on this sort of thing. Them big-city folk do it too. One
standard trick in New York City, for some reason most prevalent in
Latino districts, is to pay to put someone on the ballot with the same
last name as your main opponent, so that there are two candidates named
Lopez or whatever."
- This Is All Just a Sideshow Outside
the Beltway's James Joyner sighs, "Just what
South Carolina needed: Another sex scandal. In the grand scheme of
things, it really doesn't matter. Barring his own trip down the
Appalachian Trail, DeMint was going to win easily in November regardless
of who his opponent was. But, yeesh, this is a weird one."
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