South Carolina: Democrats Ask Surprise Nominee to Go Away

Posted June 9, 2010 at 6:30pm

After learning that a come-out-of-nowhere Senate nominee has a pending felony charge, the state Democratic Party suggested the winner take a hike.

Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler issued a statement saying she spoke with Alvin Greene, the winner of Tuesday’s primary, and “asked him to withdraw from the race.”

“I did not do this lightly, as I believe strongly that the Democratic voters of this state have the right to select our nominee. But this new information about Mr. Greene would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters,” Fowler said.

“We are proud to have nominated a Democratic ticket this year that, with the apparent exception of Mr. Greene, reflects South Carolina’s values,” she said.

The Associated Press reported that Greene, 32, was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student.

There has been no indictment or plea entered since then.

Greene was accused of showing photos to a woman and talking about going to her room at a university dorm.

With names listed alphabetically on the primary election ballot, Greene was picked by 59 percent of primary election voters to run against Sen. Jim DeMint (R) in the general election.

Greene appears to have put up no signs or done any visible campaigning.