Who Is Alvin Greene And How Did He Get The Democratic Nod For Senate To Run Vs. Jim DeMint?
House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina calls his party’s Senate candidate to run against incumbent Republican Jim DeMint “a plant.”
Greene admits he had no campaign headquarters, no party support, no contributions, no job, no computer and no cell phone.
Yet, somehow, he managed to pull off the most unlikely of victories, and — unless state Democratic Party officials have their way — will face incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint in November.
Greene bested Vic Rawl, a former state legislator and judge, who was expected to win.
Voters also are wondering how the 32-year-old Greene, facing a felony charge for allegedly showing pornographic images to a college student last November, managed to capture 59 percent of the primary vote.
In an interview Thursday with FoxNews.com, Greene said he won by “simple, old-fashioned campaigning” that included traveling the state and speaking to voters “wherever I could find them.”
Greene said his “self-managed” campaign was personally funded and cost well under $2,000. He said he held “no formal events” and employed the help of family and friends to promote his platform: job creation, better education and “justice in the judicial system.”
Clyburn wants an investigation into his candidacy, saying “There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary. I don’t know if he was a Republican plant. He was someone’s plant.” Greene, who lives with his father, stands accused by a University of South Carolina student of showing her pornographic pictures, for which Greene is facing felony charges. He left the army involuntarily after a 12-year career with an honorable discharge, and has been on unemployment for nine months.
Democratic South Carolina Chairwoman Carol Fowler tried to convince Greene to withdraw, but Greene refused.
“Today, I spoke with Alvin Greene, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, and asked him to withdraw from the race,” Fowler said in a statement. “I did not do this lightly, as I believe strongly that the Democratic voters of this state have the right to select our nominee. But this new information about Mr. Greene would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters.”Click here for reuse options!
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