The controversy around South Carolina Senate primary pick Alvin Greene is continuing to swirl.
As previously reported Greene was chosen to represent the Democratic party after winning nearly 60 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s election with no campaign.
There have been calls for him to step down however after reports of a felony charge for showing obscene Internet photos to a local college student.
Now however he’s being called out as “plant”—a fraud, planted on the ballot for more cynical reasons.
Fellow South Carolinian Rep. James Clyburn, also of the Democratic party, made those accusations well known when he called in to the Bill Press radio show.
According to Clyburn, Republicans planted Greene in the race to ensure an easy win for a Republican candidate in the fall.
“There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary. I don’t know if he was a Republican plant; he was someone’s plant.”
Clyburne also made another valid point.
Greene had to pay $10,400 to enter into the Senate primary which begs the question, how did an unemployed “war veteran” come up with that type of cash?
Clyburne raised the question saying,
“What is an unemployed guy doing paying $10,000 to run for the United States Senate? That just doesn’t add up. I would hope the U.S. attorney down there would look at this. I think there’s some federal laws being violated in this race…Somebody gave him that $10,000 and he who took it should be investigated, and he who gave it should be investigated.”
In an interview with Keith Olbermann Thursday a visibly nervous Al Greene answered questions about his unlikely victory.
When Olbermann asks, “How do you think people knew who were and that you were running?”
“I think…you know, I think they saw….I think they recognized. They heard of my name, when I was campaigning across the state just by word of mouth. I just got the word around.”
When the MSNBC correspondent asks him directly about allegations of being planted by the Republican Party, the best answer Greene can muster is,
“I am a Democrat. I will always be a Democrat.”
After the interview Olbermann alleged that a lawyer was with Green feeding him answers and after seeing the video, he may very well be right.
At the 4:58 mark, an inaudible voice is heard and Greene is seen fiddling with his ear possibly adjusting an ear piece where he was fed his responses.
Another notable point after the interview made by the commentator is that South Carolina has “open” elections which allow Republicans to vote for Democrats.
Did Al Greene really swoop in and make a landslide victory with no campaign or is he really just an unemployed fraudulent military veteran sham?
You be the judge.