Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Something Fishy In South Carolina

I, like everybody else who follows the strange sport of American Politics was amazed at the "victory" of Alvin Greene in South Carolina last week. I said that it was improbable in this bastion of Dixie that a Democrat and a black one at that could win a state election. Maybe it still is...

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I'm hearing disturbing stories that Alvin Greene might be a Republican plant. These theories are coming from his fellow Democrats, black and white. If that's not disturbing enough, I heard the man speak in an interview this morning and he can't put a sentence together.

He's 32 years old, he lives with his mother, he's unemployed, and it has been reported that he has less than $100.00 in his bank account. Okay, now you tell me how he could afford to run a state-wide campaign for the U.S. Senate?

Here's another thing... I can't find one person who remembers his campaign or any ads, commercials, or grass roots campaigning for him. He seems to have come out of nowhere and won an election. This doesn't sound fishy to you? Here's what a newspaper article from South Carolina had to say about the matter:

The No. 3 Democrat in the U.S. House called on federal authorities Thursday to investigate how an unemployed South Carolina military veteran entered and won the state's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

"Here is Alvin Greene, unemployed, he goes into the Democratic headquarters and pays $10,000. That's no little bit of money for an unemployed person," House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said. "This guy, who is he? Where did he come from?"

Greene, 32, stunned the Democratic Party establishment Tuesday night when he handily defeated Vic Rawl, a four-term state lawmaker and former judge, for the party's nomination. Rawl, who had campaigned little but already raised $186,000, was forced to scrap a fundraiser planned for Thursday night.

Greene has not reported any fundraising, run any ads, put up signs, or a website in his challenge of Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. He had been considered such a long shot that neither his opponent nor the media bothered to check his background, which includes a November arrest on a charge of felony obscenity.

"There are a number of things that are taking place in the South Carolina political process that I find suspicious," Clyburn said. "I believe there's a coordinated effort to circumvent state and federal laws and seriously subvert the electoral process. Something needs to be done." Greene, who says he left the military last August after 13 years in the Army and Air Force, has said he paid the $10,440 filing fee by saving up two years of his service pay. On Thursday, Clyburn said he's skeptical Greene paid the fee himself and demanded that federal authorities investigate where the money came from."

There is an old saying... "If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck, and quacks like a duck, chances are it is a duck." This is after all that very strange state of South Carolina and this could turn out to be the lamest duck of all.


Mizrepresent said...

Yep Keith, sounds mighty fishy to me.

Arlene said...

You are so right. There's something a little slick and slippery going on in SC. Last night PBS did a special on Pres. Andrew Jackson, you know, one of the founders of the Democratic Party, the one associated with the donkey image. The documentary told one story of how SC was kept from withdrawing from the union in the 1830's by relaxing the tariff on cheap cloth used to clothe the enslaved. Jackson, a slaveholder, drastically lowered the tax just for SC, allowing them to continue to profit huge sums on the backs of the enslaved. This act however stirred up northerners and helped drive the wedge deeper between those who wanted to continue slavery and those who wanted to abolish it. SC remains a soiled spot to this day.

Don said...

Wow. What does that say about four-termer Vic Rawl?

I remember seeing this story but never reading and gaining a full understanding. I could understand why others would suggest to some wrongdoing. This is clearly unheard of ... look forward to hearing the conclusion.

Too funny @ dude saying he saved it up, yet having absolutely no chance in the world of winning.

Rich Fitzgerald said...

If that's not disturbing enough, I heard the man speak in an interview this morning and he can't put a sentence together.

We must have heard the same interview. I couldn't believe the way this dude bumbled through the interview. That's just what we need these days, another black man carrying the water for white folks.

Moanerplicity said...

A very strange event, indeed. You KNOW the media will get to the bottom of this, so it's only a matter of time.

When this is all said and done, methinks it'll make a fascinating movie.


Daij said...

something is fishy alright


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