The experience of the mysterious U.S. Senate candidacy of Alvin Greene has caused the state Democratic Party to mull over their vetting process for candidates. Greene won the Democratic primary by capturing 59 percent of the vote without mounting a campaign. The loser in the race ,Vic Rawl, is mounting a protest. Compounding the issue is that Greene is facing a felony charge of showing pornographic images to a University of South Carolina co-ed.
State Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler says the party does question unknown candidates when they file, but she says the screening process should be reviewed.
Greene is an unemployed military veteran who lives with his mother. He was honorably, involuntarily discharged from the Army. A number of political pros and pundits have suggested that in recent national interviews, Greene’s demeanor cause them to question his mental faculties. Fowler says with candor that those observations are irrelevant.
The state attorney general says there is not evidence to investigate this as a criminal matter at this time.
The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked Attorney General Henry McMaster to investigate rumors that someone “planted” Greene in the U.S. Senate primary race.
“If credible evidence of a crime is produced, we will refer the matter to SLED for investigation,” says Mark Plowden, spokesman for the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.