The news about the Democratic primary winner for the Senate in South Carolina continues to get more and more complex, if not bizarre. So bizarre, in fact, that Rep. Jim Clyburn (D), the House majority whip, is suspicious and is calling for an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Alvin Greene, an unemployed Army veteran who appeared on no one’s radar leading up to Tuesday, won his party’s primary to run against GOP Sen. Jim DeMint in November. Receiving more than 100,000 votes, Greene defeated — and it wasn’t even close — the party choice, former state legislator Vic Rawl.
Meanwhile, since his victory, the Associated Press has reported that Greene was arrested back in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a college student. That was too much for state Democratic chair Carol Fowler, who called on Greene to withdraw from the race. He has refused.
It has to be among the more bizarre stories of the year. As the AP’s Meg Kinnard points out, Greene didn’t raise any money and didn’t have a website: “Greene was considered such a long shot that his opponent and media didn’t even bother to check his background.” If they had, she writes, “they would have discovered” the felony obscenity charge.