The South Carolina Democratic Party is asking primary winner Alvin Greene to step down from running for U.S. Senate after facing a pending felony charge. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate 32-year-old Alvin Greene may have won his primary election Tuesday night, but now the Associated Press reports he is facing a pending felony charge. Greene would face Senator Jim DeMint in the November election.
Records show Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student and the report says he spoke about going up to the woman’s dorm room. This charge would bring up to five years in prison. When asked about the charge by a reporter, Greene hung up the phone and had no comment.
State party Chair Carol Fowler talked to WVOC Radio in Columbia and talkshow host Kevin Cohen. She said she didn’t hear about Greene’s charge until Wednesday, but now she wants him to step down.
The unemployed veteran posted bond after his arrest, but has yet to enter a plea. Greene’s win in Tuesday’s primary was a complete shock, as he defeated former state lawmaker Vic Rawl.
Fowler said Greene’s win came as a complete surprise because, as far as she knows, he didn’t campaign much. She says the party will distance itself and not offer help to Greene if he refuses to pull out. “But, well, you know, he beat Vic Rawl without any help from us. Maybe he plans to beat Jim Demint without any help from us.”
Greene declined to speak with the South Carolina Radio Network during the primary season.