After Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, and all the smears against Nikki Haley, you expect the worst from South Carolina politics.
But Alvin Greene may be the worst of all. This totally unknown man won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate – under the strangest of circumstances.
He’s unemployed, after having been thrown out of the military. Yet, on the last day of filing, he walked into state party headquarters and laid down $10,000 – which he insisted was his own money – to run for Senate.
After that, nobody ever heard of him. His name was on the ballot, but he attended not one campaign event. He raised and spent no money. He did no mailings, no TV or radio ads, no billboards, no campaign debates, put up no website and walked no precincts – yet ended up winning the primary by 18 points.
Meanwhile, he’s been indicted for showing pornographic materials to a college student.
Which raises at least two questions: Who put up that $10,000? And: How did he get that many votes?
Could he be a “plant,” paid to run by the Republican Party. And could the voting machines have been fixed to make an unknown the winner?
On our program yesterday, Congressman James Clyburn demanded an investigation of the whole mess. The sooner, the better!
That’s my parting shot for today.