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Obama Adviser Questions Legitimacy of SC Candidate

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posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 10:03 AM
Is the pot calling the kettle black?? Just sayin...this sounds remotely similar to another politician from Chicago we all know. The only difference is that nothing criminal from his days in Chicago seems to stick to Teflon Obama. Yet!

This is good for a laugh if nothing else.

A senior adviser to President Barack Obama says the Democratic nominee for the Senate in South Carolina doesn't appear to be a legitimate candidate.

South Carolina Democrats chose a political unknown, 32-year-old Alvin Greene, to run against Republican Sen. Jim DeMint this fall.

Greene is an unemployed military veteran who hardly campaigned for the office, and his victory last Tuesday has raised questions about who backed his candidacy.

And it turns out that he's facing a felony charge.

Obama adviser David Axelrod says South Carolina Democrats deserve a strong, credible candidate. He says it's a big mystery how Greene won.

Axelrod appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Very interesting indeed. Just proves that somebody without any experience can succeed in politics. Just ask Barry.

posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 10:22 AM
Truth is stranger than fiction!! $114.00 in his campaign account!!

Alvin M. Greene never gave a speech during his campaign to become this state's Democratic nominee for Senate. He didn't start a Web site or hire consultants or plant lawn signs. There's only $114 in his campaign bank account, he says, and the only check he ever wrote from it was to cover his filing fee.

Indeed, in a three-hour interview, the unemployed military veteran could not name a single specific thing he'd done to campaign. Yet more than 100,000 South Carolinians voted for him on Tuesday, handing him nearly 60 percent of the vote and a resounding victory over Vic Rawl, a former judge who has served four terms in the state legislature.

"I'm the Democratic Party nominee," Greene says in the interview at his father's home on a lonely stretch of rural highway in central South Carolina. "The people have spoken. The people of South Carolina have spoken. The people of South Carolina have spoken. We have to be pro-South Carolina. The people of South Carolina have spoken. We have to be pro-South Carolina."

Did you catch all of that?? Not much to catch really... But, the people of South Carolina have spoken!!

Things have gotten even stranger since Greene's win. First, the Associated Press reported that he faces felony obscenity charges for allegedly showing pornography to a University of South Carolina student last November. Greene says he's not guilty. Then the state's Democratic Party chairman called on him to withdraw from the general election. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) -- who has questioned whether Republicans may have planted Greene in the race -- is calling for federal and state investigations. A spokesman for Republican Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.) called that notion "ridiculous," and Greene dismisses suggestions that he is anyone's pawn.

The whys of Greene's victory are as mysterious and baffling as his mysterious and baffling candidacy. Some explain it away as a fluke attributable to his name coming before his opponent's alphabetically. There's no way to know whether large numbers of Republicans crossed over to vote for the weaker of the Democrats, because voters don't register by party in South Carolina's open primary system.

The pinballing controversies barely faze Greene. He says he has no intention to withdraw and is challenging DeMint to a September debate "on a major network."

A debate with DeMint?? THis should be really interesting...

Greene lives with his ailing 81-year-old father, James Greene, on the outskirts of Manning, a crossroads town of 4,000 ringed by truck stops, motels and fast-food restaurants. He has no cellphone and no computer, except the one at the public library.

"I check my e-mail, like, it varies, maybe -- I'm more, I mean -- two or three times a week," he says. "I prefer the telephone. I'm a little old-fashioned. I prefer the telephone. That's the easiest."

Greene, a solidly built 32-year-old with a close-shaved head, sighs heavily as he speaks, pausing often during meandering monologues. Wearing a green T-shirt from a 1993 family reunion, he taps his fingers, alternating between staring at the floor and covering his face with both hands.

He sits on a folding metal chair at a patio table set on the linoleum floor of his father's wood-paneled living room. Above him, a ceiling fan with a bare bulb hangs motionless in the heat. Piles of magazines and mail clutter a desk. The house is dark except for a lone, dim lamp and the glow of the muted television. His father -- who says he's a kidney dialysis patient still recovering from open-heart surgery four years ago -- lies on the couch, a step away from his son, occasionally moaning in pain or interrupting Greene to say he's veered off subject.

You would think that a man with a degree in Political Science would have just a little more to say

The University of South Carolina confirms that Greene graduated in 2000 with a degree in political science. The Pentagon confirms that he served in the Army, and in the Army and Air Force national guards. Although Greene has not boasted of winning awards, the Pentagon says he was granted the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Korean Defense Service Medal.

Where it gets hazy is Greene's discharge from the Army in August 2009, six months before the end of his three-year commitment, according to the Pentagon. The Pentagon does not confirm whether service members are discharged honorably or dishonorably. Greene says he "was honorably discharged from the Army, but it was involuntary. Things weren't working out. . . . Same thing happened in the Air Force. It's a long story in both services."

It just gets stranger and stranger

Greene says he put up his own money in March for the $10,400 campaign filing fee, an assertion that many in South Carolina doubt. At that time, it was not widely known that he had been charged with obscenity. Still, he says, Carol Fowler, the state's Democratic Party chairman, tried to talk him out of running, saying he wouldn't be able to afford the staff required.

"She told me, 'Think about this. If you change your mind before filing closes, you could get a refund,' " he recalls. Fowler's spokeswoman confirmed Greene's account.

A campaign flier lies on the table. "Satin green," he says proudly. "It's pretty. I like that." Greene won't say who printed it or where it was distributed. He cautions that it's his only copy and should be handled with care. Asked how many fliers were printed, he says "hundreds," then pauses.

"Maybe thousands. Hundreds. Maybe a hundred. I don't know exactly."

Certainly something to keep an eye on!!

posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 10:25 AM
"Republican Plant" or not, the only ones to blame are the people who voted for him. It just goes to show that a majority of democratic voters in South Carolina HAVE NO CLUE who they are voting for.


posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 10:58 AM
reply to post by jibeho

That is I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E.

From what he says, i'm amazed he actually remembers running in the first place..sounds like he could be Dubya's slightly thicker cousin, from down, North i think, no South..maybe..yeah South..i think.


posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 11:30 AM
I never thought a criminal would stoop this low.

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