A third-party candidate says he now has a real shot at the race for U.S. Senate. Environmentalist Tom Clements is running as a Green Party Candidate against incumbent Jim DeMint. Clements says issues with Democratic candidates have opened a big door for him.
Candidate Alvin Greene faces criminal charges for allegedly showing pornographic images to a USC student, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating how Greene came up with the $10,440 he paid to get his name on the ballot. Democrat Linda Ketner considered running independently, but this week announced there is not enough time left to engage a successful petition campaign.
Clements jokes that what his campaign really needs is a big political scandal, considering the recent nature of South Carolina politics.
Clements says the Green party is really on the grow these days, nationwide. He says he’s a dead serious candidate, and he knows he has a chance at the prize.
Clements says he’ll be talking to the public about much more than just environmental issues.
I’m from the fiscal conservative side and I’m very concerned about running up the national debt. I think we’re spending far too much money on the military and it’s not producing jobs here at home. I’m concerned about the drain of foreign war and the cost in human lives of our young soldiers. But I’ll also be talking about education issues and economy issues, like fixing social security. There is a broad range of issues I’ll take to the people.
Clements is known for his position over the last 15 years as director of Friends of the Earth, which focuses on nuclear issues, as well as his work with the Nuclear Control Institute and Greenpeace. He served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica and in Colombia, South America with a human rights organization and also worked with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Office of Surface Mining.