When Alvin Greene came out of nowhere to win the Democratic nomination to run against Jim DeMint for the Senate, people wondered how this unknown got 60% of the Democratic vote in the primary. Unemployed and under investigation for a felony sex offense, Greene followed up his win with a series of bizarre media appearances that had people wondering who paid Greene’s way onto the ballot, especially since he claimed indigent status to get a public defender in the felony case. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) accused the GOP of playing a dirty trick to give DeMint a clear shot at re-election, even though DeMint is expected to thump any Democrat running against him this year.
The questions led to a probe by law enforcement in South Carolina, which concluded that Greene had been funded by money he received from state and federal governments, and not big, bad Republicans:
Alvin Greene, the obscure jobless man whose come-from-nowhere victory in the June Democratic primary for U.S. Senate created a national furor, had legitimate sources of income to pay his $10,400 primary entry fee, law enforcement sources said Friday.
He will not, according to SLED, face criminal deception charges for requesting a taxpayer funded attorney in a still pending criminal case against him.
The source of Greene’s money is none other than the U.S. government and the S.C. state government, said SLED director Reggie Lloyd.
State law enforcement officials wrapped up an investigation of Greene’s finances after questions were raised about how he could qualify for indigent defense and afford to pay more than $10,000 to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
Greene’s surprise June 8 upset victory over former circuit judge Vic Rawl initially caused many to speculate Republican operatives had secretly bankrolled Greene’s primary entry fee to sabotage the primary. Rawl’s defeat left Greene the Democratic challenger to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
Greene had received almost $6000 from his military discharge, and another $3000 from tax refunds. He also had a few thousand dollars in his bank account before that, and had been receiving $1100 per month in jobless benefits. Greene lives with his father, so his expenses are low — just “haircuts and groceries,” as SLED put it. He had plenty of means to pay the filing fee, even if it seems more than a little strange that he would spend his money on a US Senate run.
Sister Toldjah says, well, toldjah:
Of course, this investigation was prompted by grumblings by several prominent Democrats in the state of South Carolina – including the 3rd highest ranking member of the US House, Rep. James Clyburn (SC-6) – who were ridiculously suggesting/hinting/insinuating that Greene was a “Republican plant” because of the fact that he, as an unemployed man, would have “had to have gotten that filing fee from someone.” …
I won’t hold my breath waiting for an apology from Clyburn nor any other Democrat in the state who made such accusations against Republicans because that would be expecting Democrats to do the right thing, a rarity in modern times.
So, we’re back to square one: Apparently a majority of SC Democrats really did – as many of us suspected – vote for Greene for reasons (scroll) other than knowing who he is because, at this point, people in SC still don’t know who he is. What does that tell you about the SC Democrats who voted for him?
Don’t expect apologies from Clyburn. Democrats are too busy eating their words over this to comment.