Alvin Greene: Will South Carolina Dems yank him from their ranks?
Outsider-extraordinaire Alvin Greene won last week's South Carolina primary without campaigning. Democrats are now determining whether Greene will remain a candidate with a 'D' next to his name.
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Rep. James Clyburn (D) of South Carolina has alleged that political operatives put Greene up for the candidacy and helped him pay the $10,400 filing fee. Although Greene has claimed to the state that he's indigent, the 30-something rookie politician says he saved his Army salary for two years to pay for the fee.Skip to next paragraph
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Reporters who have interviewed Greene on the phone and at his grandfather's old farm outside Myrtle Beach, where he lives with his father, say Greene tends to repeat a series of loose talking points around jobs, education, and justice but often stumbles in conversation.
Greene says he's fighting a criminal charge having to do with an incident at the University of South Carolina where police say he allegedly showed a female student pornography in a public place – an unresolved situation that could affect his candidacy under state law. Greene, who has a political science degree, has vowed to stay in the race, even despite other allegations that he was discharged from the Army and Air Force for failing to understand basic concepts.
"What about everyone else's mental state?" he asks a Time reporter. "It seems like things don't apply to me. I'm the nominee, and 60 percent isn't 60 percent anymore."
The party could yank the lifelong Democrat's affiliation with the party at Thursday's hearing. Even if it doesn't, Carol Fowler, the Democratic Party head in the state, has said the party won't financially back Greene, who trails incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint (R) by a country mile in the polls.
“If he does not withdraw and the executive hearing today does not overturn the election or call for a new election, then he will be the Democratic nominee on the ballot,” Ms. Fowler told the website South Carolina Now. “He will have that 'D' by his name, and that is enough to get him some votes for people who aren’t paying attention.”
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