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How did a 32-year-old unemployed vet who lives with his parents and who faces a felony charge end up the Democratic nominee for Senate in South Carolina?
That’s a question vexing political professionals in the Palmetto state and one that has some smelling a Republican rat in the primary process that saw Alvin Greene, a political novice and unknown, defeat a former state legislator and prosecutor to emerge as the challenger to Republican Senator Jim DeMint.
Greene ran no public campaign. He didn’t have signs, a web site or ads. He didn’t raise money.
He did have a pending felony charge that accusing him of showing obscene photos to a South Carolina college coed before suggesting they go to her dorm room and mess around.
Vic Rawl actually ran a campaign but the former state legislator went down in defeat to Greene. Some suspect a GOP operative recruited Greene to run and provided the $10,400 filing fee. Republicans have been known to find black candidates to run against white Democrats in South Carolina with its huge African-American voter base.
Greene didn’t register a campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission or file a financial disclosure form with the Senate Ethics Committee.
He just came out of nowhere…and won.