S.C. Democrats aim to dump unlikely nominee

June 15, 2010

By Ralph Hallow, The Washington Times

Not even Alvin M. Greene himself seems able to offer a credible explanation for why he forked over the $10,200 in a bid to be the Democratic challenger this fall against Republican powerhouse Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

But then almost nothing political that has happened in the state in the last two years is explainable – or believable – and it’s getting curiouser and curiouser as the state’s Democratic Party looks into calls to void Mr. Greene’s primary victory.

Nobody can offer more than a theory – Mr. Greene’s name appeared on the ballot above his rival’s – as to why, without yard signs, a website or any other visible signs of leaving his father’s house to campaign he was able to defeat Vic Rawl, an experienced politician who did campaign for the June 8 Democratic primary.

And nobody seems able to explain why state Democratic Chairwoman Carol Fowler accepted Mr. Greene’s money and allowed the jobless 32-year-old political novice to get his name on the June ballot for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary.

But Mr. Rawl, who lost by 18 percentage points, is eager to have the results overturned, and the Democratic Party’s 92-member executive committee is beginning its investigation with a hearing Thursday.

On Monday, Mr. Rawl, a Charleston County Council member and former state lamaker, was careful not to echo what other Democrats were hinting at – that Republicans secretly recruited Mr. Greene and financed his run for the Democratic nomination in order to depress Democratic voter turnout in November.

“I would like to speak directly to Mr. Greene and say: ‘Sir, this is not about you, and it’s not about me. I wish you and your family nothing but the best in the weeks and months ahead,’ ” Mr. Rawl said in explaining why he called for the investigation.

To read more, visit: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/14/sc-democrats-aim-to-dump-unlikely-nominee/

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